Stephanie M. Ledesma
Assistant Professor and Director of Experiential Learning Programs

Curriculum Vitae
Fall 2014 Appellate Litigation Syllabus
Fall 2014 Externship Syllabus
 
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Stephanie M. Ledesma

Phone: (713) 313-1105
Email: ssledesma@tmslaw.tsu.edu
Joined the faculty in 2012.

Additional Biographical Information -return to top-
  • Managing Attorney, Ledesma Law Firm, Austin, TX (1997)

Selected Presentations -return to top-
  • Faculty Member, June, 2012 , National Institute of Trial Advocacy , Trial Skills for Child Welfare Attorneys, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Faculty Member June, 2012 National Institute of Trial Advocacy Trial Skills for Child Welfare Attorneys
    Hofstra Law School Long Island, New York
  • Faculty Member May, 2012 National Institute of Trial Advocacy Trial Skills for Public Interest Lawyers
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Faculty Member April, 2012 National Institute of Trial Advocacy Trial Skills for Public Interest Lawyers
    Tampa, Florida
  • Panelist March, 2012 CASA of Williamson County, Texas, Georgetown, Texas Representing Children in CPS Cases: The Zealous Advocate
  • Guest Speaker January, 2012 CASA of Williamson County, Texas
    Legal and Ethical Duties of the Attorney
    Georgetown, Texas Representing Children and Parents in CPS Cases: The Zealous Advocate
  • Panelist January, 2012 CASA of Williamson County, Texas
    Georgetown, Texas Representing Children in CPS Cases: The Zealous Advocate
  • Moderator- January, 2012 CASA Mock Trial
    Georgetown, Texas Representing Children and Parents in CPS Cases: The Zealous Advocate
  • Panelist September, 2011 CASA of Williamson County, Texas
    Georgetown, Texas Representing Children in CPS Cases: The Zealous Advocate
  • Faculty Member September, 2011 National Institute of Trial Advocacy Trial Skills for Juvenile Defenders
    Loyola Law School Los Angeles, California
  • Guest Speaker September, 2011 Williamson County Bar Association- Fall CLE
    Georgetown, Texas 2011 Legislative Updates- Child Welfare Law
  • Lead Faculty Member August, 2011 National Institute of Trial Advocacy Trial Advocacy Training Institute
    University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Trial Advocacy Faculty May, 2011 419th Judicial District and Travis County Women Lawyers Association
    Mock Trial Presenter
    Take Your Daughter to Work Day Program-
    Austin, Texas Dating Violence Mock Trial for Middle School Participants
  • Faculty Member May, 2011 National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    Boulder, CO Rocky Mountain Child Welfare Advocacy Training Institute
  • Trial Advocacy Faculty April, 2011 Travis County Bar Association Partnership with Travis County High Schools
    Austin, TEXAS Jury of your Peers Educational Program
  • Faculty Member November, 2010 National Institute of Trial Advocacy Trial Skills for Child Welfare Lawyers
    Boston, MA
  • Trial Advocacy Faculty Nov.,2010 419th Judicial District Travis County, Texas
    Mock Trial Presenter
    Austin, Texas Dating Violence Mock Trial for Middle School Participants
  • Speaker October, 2010 Williamson County Bar Association
    Georgetown, Texas Best Practices for Attorneys in Child Welfare Cases
  • Trainer October, 2010 National Association of Counsel for Children
    Trial Skills Training for Attorneys Representing Children and Parents in Child
    Austin, Texas Welfare Cases
  • Faculty July, 2010 National Institute of Trial Advocacy Trial Skills for Public Service Attorneys
    Louisville
  • Speaker July, 2010 10th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines
    San Antonio, Texas Promising Practices in Child Protective Services Cases
  • Panelist June. 2010 Texas Minority Attorney Program
    Austin, Texas Tips for the Solo Practitioner and Small Law Firm
  • Faculty May, 2010 National Institute of Trial Advocacy Rocky Mountain Child Welfare Advocacy Louisville, Colorado
  • Featured Interview May, 2010 National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    Louisville, Colorado “Share in NITA’s Legacy of Giving National Media Campaign”
  • Speaker April, 2010 2010 County and District Clerks Legal Education
    Round Rock, Texas The Anatomy of a Child Protective Services Case
  • Panelist Spring, 2010 CASA of Travis County
    Austin, Texas Representing Parents in CPS Cases: The Zealous Attorney
  • Guest Lecturer March, 2010 University of Texas Law School Domestic Rights Clinic
    Austin, Texas Representing Parents and Children in CPS Cases
  • Speaker February, 2010 23rd Annual Juvenile Law Conference The Power of Parental Engagement
    Dallas, Texas
  • Panelist February, 2010 23rd Annual Juvenile Law Conference
    Dallas, Texas Bringing Kids to Court: Should They Stay or Should They Go
  • Moderator February, 2012 African American Family Mental Health Support Conference
    Austin, Texas Zealous Representation of Parents for the Benefit of the Children in CPS cases
  • Presenter December, 2009 National Association of Counsel for Children
    Corpus Christi, Texas The Abuse and Neglect Case, A Practitioner’s Guide
  • Presenter December, 2009 National Association of Counsel for Children
    Harlingen, Texas The Abuse and Neglect Case, A Practitioner’s Guide
  • Presenter November, 2009 National Association of Counsel for Children
    Dallas The Abuse and Neglect Case, A Practitioner’s Guide
  • Presenter October, 2009 Travis County Juvenile Justice Annual Certification Training
    Collaboration Between Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems:
    Austin, Texas Necessity for the Child’s Best Interest
  • Presenter October, 2009 Judicial and Attorney Training
    San Antonio, Texas The Importance of Effective Legal Advocacy for Parents in Child Welfare Cases
  • Presenter October, 2009 National Association of Counsel for Children
    Forth Worth The Abuse and Neglect Case, A Practitioner’s Guide
  • Presenter October, 2009 National Association of Counsel for Children
    Waco, Texas The Abuse and Neglect Case, A Practitioner’s Guide
  • Speaker October, 2009 Austin Bar Association-Court Appointed Family Attorneys
    Austin, Texas Representing Parents in Child Abuse Cases
  • Presenter October, 2009 Texas CASA State Convention
    San Marcos, Texas The Power of Engagement: A Parent’s Perspective
  • Presenter October, 2009 National Association of Counsel for Children
    Longview, Texas The Abuse and Neglect Case, A Practitioner’s Guide
  • Featured Interview October, 2009 Texas Supreme Court Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families Austin, Texas
  • Speaker October, 2009 CASA of Travis County
    Austin, Texas Representing Parents in CPS Cases: The Zealous Attorney
  • Presenter September, 2009 National Association of Counsel for Children
    Texarkana, Texas The Abuse and Neglect Case, A Practitioner’s Guide
  • Presenter July. 2009 National Association of Counsel for Children
    Houston, Texas The Abuse and Neglect Case, A Practitioner’s Guide
  • Presenter July. 2009 National Association of Counsel for Children
    Beaumont, Texas The Abuse and Neglect Case, A Practitioner’s Guide
  • Presenter June. 2009 National Association of Counsel for Children
    San Antonio, Texas The Abuse and Neglect Case, A Practitioner’s Guide
  • Presenter June. 2009 National Association of Counsel for Children
    Austin, Texas The Abuse and Neglect Case, A Practitioner’s Guide
  • Panelist April, 2009 CASA of Travis County
    Austin, Texas Representing Parents in CPS Cases: The Zealous Attorney
  • Guest Lecturer March, 2009 University of Texas Law School Children’s Rights Clinic
    Austin, Texas Best Practices, Representing Parents and Children in CPS Cases
  • Guest Lecturer March, 2009 University of Texas Law School Domestic Violence Clinic
    Austin, Texas Best Practices, Representing Parents and Children in CPS Cases
  • Presenter November, 2008 Travis County Juvenile Law Certification Seminar
    Austin, Texas The Role of the Guardian and Attorney ad Litem
  • Lecturer October, 2008 University of Texas Law School Domestic Violence Clinic
    Austin, Texas Representing Battered Women in CPS Cases
  • Lecturer October, 2008 University of Texas Law School Domestic Violence Clinic
    Austin, Texas Best Practices: Representing Parents and Children in CPS Cases
  • Speaker September, 2008 CASEY Family Foundation
    Austin, Texas Helping Children and Families Reach Permanency in CPS Cases
  • Panelist October, 2007 CASA of Travis County
    Austin, Texas Representing Parents in CPS Cases: The Zealous Attorney
  • Guest Lecturer October, 20007 University of Texas Law School Children’s Rights Clinic
    Austin, Texas Best Practices in Representing Parents and Children in CPS Cases
  • Guest Lecturer October, 2007 University of Texas Law School Domestic Violence Clinic
    Austin, Texas Best Practices in Representing Parents and Children in CPS Cases
  • Speaker August, 2007 Southwest State University
    San Marcos, Texas The Anatomy of a CPS Case
  • Panelist CASA of Travis County
    Austin, Texas Representing Parents in CPS Cases: The Zealous Attorney
  • October, 2006 • Guest Lecturer
    University of Texas Law School Children’s Rights Clinic
    Best Practices in Representing Parents and Children in CPS Cases
    Austin, TEXAS
  • October, 2006 • Panelist
    CASA of Travis County
    Representing Parents in CPS Cases: The Zealous Attorney
    Austin, TEXAS
  • October, 2006 • Guest Lecturer
    University of Texas Law School Domestic Violence Clinic
    Best Practices in Representing Parents and Children in CPS Cases
    Austin, TEXAS
  • March, 2006 • Panelist
    CASA of Travis County
    Representing Parents in CPS Cases: The Zealous Attorney
    Austin, TEXAS
  • February, 2006 • Moderator
    Court Appointed Special Advocates, Travis County
    Bar Association
    Now That You are on the CPS Appointment List... Tool Box
    Oral and written presentation
    Austin, TEXAS
  • February, 2006 • Panelist
    Court Appointed Special Advocates, Travis County Bar Association
    How to Hold the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Contempt in CPS Case
    Austin, TEXAS
  • February, 2006 • Speaker
    Court Appointed Special Advocates, Travis County Bar Association
    The Basics of CPS Representation
    Austin, TEXAS

Service to the Profession: -return to top-
Board Memberships
  • Court Appointed Family Advocates, Travis County Bar Association, Board Member, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
    • Past Continuing Legal Education Chair
    • Past Membership Chair
    • Current, At Large Chair
  • Travis County Adoption Day Committee Co-Chair of sub-committee, 2006
  • Texas Supreme Court Permanent Judicial Commission on Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Counsel Board Member, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • National Association of Counsel for Children- Board Member, 2010-2014
  • Williamson County Women’s Lawyer Section of the Williamson County Bar Association, President, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Citizen Review Team Appointee, 2011
Committee Memberships
  • American Bar Association, 1998,1999,2009,2010, 2011, 2012
  • College of the State Bar of Texas Recognition, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas Recognition, 2000, 2004, 2005, 200, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Austin Disproportionality Advisory Committee, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Cambridge Who’s Who, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Central Texas Domestic Violence Task Force Member, 2010, 2011
  • Court Appointed Family Advocates, Travis County Bar Association, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • National Association of Counsel for Children, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • National Association of Counsel for Children, Child Welfare Specialization Committee, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • National Counsel of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 2009, 2010
  • State Bar of Texas Parents In Recovery Grant Sustainability Counsel, 2010
  • Texans Care for Children Juvenile Justice Roundtable Committee, 2010, 2011
  • Texans Care for Children Partners in CPS Reform Committee, 2010, 2011
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services State Wide Disproportionality Task Force, 2009, 2010
  • Travis County Bar Association, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Travis County Community Disproportionality Counsel, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Travis County Bar Association CLE Advisory Committee, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Travis County Model Court- Family Search and Engagement Committee, Co-Chair, 2009, 2010
  • Travis County Model Court Evaluation Work Group, 2009, 2010
  • Travis County Model Court-Collaborative Counsel, 2009, 2010
  • Travis County Model Court- Docket Committee, 2009, 2010
  • Travis County Model Court- Database Committee, 2009, 2010
  • Travis County Model Court- Permanent Managing Conservatorship Committee, 2009, 2010
  • Travis County Model Court- Disproportionality Committee, 2009, 2010
  • Travis County Disproportionality Collaborative Counsel, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Travis County Bar Association, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Travis County Adoption Day Committee Member, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011
  • Travis County Women Lawyer’s Association- Jury of My Peers High School Campaign, 2010, 2011
  • Williamson County Adoption Day Committee Chairperson, 2010, 2011
  • Williamson County Bar Association, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Williamson County Coats for Kids in Foster Care Committee, 2010, 2011

Service to the Community: -return to top-
Board Membership
  • Round Rock Youth sports Football Organization Parliamentarian, 1999, 2000
  • Dream Team Sports Youth Football Organization President, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Our Savior Lutheran School Parent Teacher Organization Board Member, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011
  • Our Savior Lutheran School Board Member, 2001, 2002, 2011
  • Williamson County Georgetown Jets Booster Club President, 2009, 2010 and 2011
Committee Member
  • Our Savior Lutheran Church Counsel, 2001, 2002
  • Our Savior Lutheran Classroom Volunteer, 2001-2011
  • Round Rock Christian School Volunteer, 2011, 2012
  • Stony Point High School Volunteer Committee, 2006-2010
Youth Mentor/Coach
  • Brushy Creek 5th-6th grade girls volley ball Assistant Coach, 2011
  • YMCA 5th-6th grade girls volley ball Assistant Coach, 2011
  • Round Rock Christian Academy 6th grade girls volley ball Assistant, Coach, 2012
  • Hutto Volley Ball Middle School girls volley ball Coach, 2012

Legal Certifications -return to top-
  • Mediation Certification, 2000
  • Family Law Mediation Certification, 2000
  • Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS), 2010