Sarah R. Guidry, Executive Director, is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. Ms. Guidry has worked in the public interest arena most of her career. She has served as an adjunct professor in Trial Simulation and Appellate Litigation. She was previously the East Texas Regional Managing Attorney for Disability Rights Texas where she represented disabled persons in various discrimination matters. In her position there she also provided representation to persons denied health care in the Harris County Jail, TYC facilities, and other facilities housing persons with mental disabilities. Ms. Guidry previously held positions with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). At DFPS, Ms. Guidry was the supervising attorney of the statewide Special Litigation Unit which handled the most complex cases in the agency, both in jury trials and on appeal. She was also a Special Projects Attorney and in that role created statewide standardized training and best practice materials for social workers, prosecutors and judges, as well as providing legislative analysis to bills that would potentially impact agency litigation. Ms. Guidry began her work in the public interest arena as a legal aid staff attorney and subsequently Supervising Attorney at Coastal Bend Legal Services. She has authored numerous CLE articles as well as authored several chapters for SBOT Family Law Expert Witness Manual.
Lucinda Daniels, Associate Director, Student Development, Special Projects and Publications, is a graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Ms. Daniels has served as District Director and Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives, Ninth Congressional District of Texas where she was responsible for the direction and oversight of the Congressional Member’s district based congressional offices. Her duties included: planning and implementing community projects and events of local and national significance to constituents residing in the ninth congressional district, oversight of constituent casework and identification of local issues to be addressed through legislative action. Ms. Daniels previously served TMSL in the capacity of Director of Career Services. Ms. Daniels joined the Earl Carl Institute in 2009, where her current duties include directing the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Street Law Program, managing the ECI Interdisciplinary Journal for Legal & Social Policy, providing oversight on student assignments and student assessments, and coordinating the Institute’s special projects and publications.
Anthony Haughton, Associate Director, Center for Criminal Justice, has been with the Thurgood Marshall School of Law since 2009, starting as an adjunct professor. He joined the ECI in his present position in 2011, where he is also responsible for the supervision, running, and teaching of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project. During his 25 years as an attorney, Mr. Haughton has worked consistently in the representation of the indigent accused. His experience includes: working as a consulting attorney at the Texas Resource Center (handling post-conviction capital appeals); 6 years at the Public Defenders Service (PDS) in Washington, DC, where Mr. Haughton served in many roles, handling both appeals and serious criminal trials, ultimately serving as the Chief of the Trial Division; and in private practice, where most recently he has won new trials for two clients on death row.
Jeanetta Taylor Washington, Sr. Administrative Assistant, is the newest member of the Earl Carl Institute family. In this capacity she is the Institute’s first point of contact for internal and external constituencies and plays a key role in its daily operations. Prior to joining ECI, Ms. Washington served as Senior Administrator for the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Office of Career Services where she assisted in maintaining resource materials, performed duties related to the On-Campus Interview and Reciprocity programs, and oversaw the details of numerous off-campus career events. A native Houstonian, Ms. Washington developed her professional skills, in part through completion of courses at Massey Business College and Houston Community College.
Mani Nezami, an Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig LLP and Texas Access to Justice Foundation, is a staff attorney with the Juvenile Justice Project at the Earl Carl Institute (ECI). Mani provides counsel and advice as well as direct representation to students who have received school tickets in Harris and the surrounding counties. Additionally, Mani provides trainings to parents, advocates, and attorneys in the community. Prior to joining the Juvenile Justice Project, Mani volunteered full time with ECI’s Innocence Project for 6 months. Mani received a Bachelor of Arts from University of Texas at Austin (2005), and a Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas (2010).
Silvia Tiller, OMLPPP Staff Attorney, is an experienced generalist attorney, mediator, and arbitrator. Ms. Tiller is an alumnus of Howard University, Washington, DC, with a Bachelor of Science degree as a physician assistant. Ms. Tiller was thereafter selected for the prestigious Montefiore postgraduate surgical residency program wherein she specialized in cardiothoracic surgery. Tiller completed the program with honors and achieved her national certification. Immediately after completing the surgery program, she entered Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law. While there she was an active member of BLSA and was Vice Chair of Moot Court. Having achieved her Juris Doctorate degree in 1992, she went on to start her practice in the areas of family, medical malpractice defense, and subcontract work on Workers’ Compensation claims for the City of Houston. Ms. Tiller was named Top One Hundred Mediator by the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center.
Ashley Vignaud Marshall, OMLPPP Staff Attorney, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from University of Houston and a Juris Doctor from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Ashley is a member of the Texas State Bar. She is the intake specialist / attorney for the Earl Carl Institute for Legal & Social Policy, Inc. under the Center for Civil Advocacy (CCA) division, Opal Mitchell Lee Property Preservation Project. From September 2010 through April 2012, Ashley served clients and intakes of the Earl Carl Institute for Legal & Social Policy as a student attorney for the Opal Mitchell Lee Property Preservation Project and as a research student for “Our Story,” “The State of Black Houston Now” publication/town hall meeting, and Congressional Black Caucus 2011: U.S. Congressman Al Green.