Featured Lawtina: Roxana Johnson

Mamás Lawtinas are incredible, strong heroines. Roxana is not only a Trailblazer for her community, but she is also a dedicated and amazing mother. Her story is unique, and admirable. Thank you for sharing with us here at LawtinaJD.com/Official Lawtina. 

“My name is Roxanna Rodriguez Johnson and I am a third year law student at South Texas College of Law Houston and this is my story. 

Like so many other Latinas, I could never have imagined that my dreams as a 10 year old girl growing up in the small South Texas oil town of Alice, Texas would ever actually come true. I remember so clearly the day I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, but also knew the odds were stacked against me.

Coming from a family of nine children, my parents worked hard to give my brothers and sisters and I as much as they could, but the expenses of college and law school was not one of those things. I worked full time through college, paying each semester’s tuition completely out of pocket until I finally earned two bachelor’s degrees from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. I spent the next eight years working as an Adult Probation Officer and being a mom to the most supportive daughter anyone could ask for.

I never let go of my dream to go to law school and when I finally had the opportunity to take the LSAT and apply to law school, I took it. My then nine year-old daughter and I decided that if there was ever going to be a time to make dreams happen, the time had come.

My journey from small town girl to mom, advocate, and future lawyer has taken many turns, but one thing has never changed, my dedication to my heritage, my family and my community.”

Roxana received her Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

“During law school, I worked in the Randall Sorrells Domestic Violence legal clinic, as an eighth grade teacher for the Houston Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Mock Trial program, an on campus mentor for incoming and 1L students, mentor for the Council for Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), an advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and just celebrated my one year anniversary with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office as a Post Conviction Writ internwhere I’ll have my first criminal trial in July! After graduation in December, I will take the February bar exam and continue working at the District Attorney’s Office.”

Best of luck and blessings to you on the bar, Roxana! We can’t wait to see you as an Esquire! 

Roxana was names 2019 scholar for the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston (MABAH), the Hispanic Law Student’s Association (HLSA) and the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (HisBa). She was awarded the 2019 Marina and Bernadino Agosto Sr. Honors Award for dedication to academics and dedication to the Latino community. Congratulations on all your accomplishments!