Texas C-BAR Staff
Frances Leos Martinez
Frances Leos Martinez is an attorney specializing in Community Development. A 1990 graduate of Stanford Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review, she served as a law clerk to Judge Filemon B. Vela, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas prior to being awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work in the Colonias Project of Texas Rural Legal Aid in 1992. In 1995, Frances founded the Community Development Clinic of St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio, teaching and supervising students in transactional cases for non-profit clients in South Texas. In 2001, Frances moved to Austin to work for McAuley Institute providing technical assistance and loan assistance to community development corporations in the Texas-Region and helping to design a Women’s Leadership Institute. She came to Texas C-BAR in 2004.
Legal Services Director
D’Ann Johnson has more than twenty years of legal experience in the areas of nonprofit management, banking policy, and the development of legal resources and training programs. An honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, D’Ann’s prior work experience includes serving as legal counsel to state and local governmental entities and a nonprofit membership association of attorneys. She is a graduate of Leadership America, a Friar, and a founding board member of a pro bono legal program for immigrants. D’Ann is responsible for coordinating C-BAR’s work with community-based nonprofits in rural communities. She also oversees the development of our on-line resource center and legal workshops.
Hailing from Houston, Texas, Andrea Harrington is an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Legal Assistance to Microenterprises Project (LAMP). She obtained her A.B. cum laude at Harvard University in 1998, and her J.D. at the University of Texas School of Law in 2003. She has been an attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid since 2003. In her work for LAMP, Andrea has traveled throughout Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s service area to present on legal issues relevant to entrepreneurs and to microenterprise practitioners. She also provides direct legal representation to microentrepreneurs for transactional matters, as well as facilitating the referral of cases appropriate for pro bono representation.