JULY 2017 JLTLA Member Spotlight
MARISSA HATCHETT

Marissa

Marissa Hatchett graduated from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in December 2012 and became licensed to practice law in May 2013.  She moved from Houston to Dallas and began a career in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office where she has been practicing since October 2013.  She has held positions such as Chief prosecutor of multiple misdemeanor courts and a trial prosecutor in felony court.  She has been assigned to the Felony Family Violence Unit since January 2016 and is dedicated to helping victims seek justice on their abusers.  Marissa has been a general member of JL Turner and is currently the treasurer.  She loves serving the members of JL Turner and is honored by being the July Member Spotlight.


JULY 2017 JLTLA Small Firm/Solo Practice Spotlight
Crockett Law Firm, PLLC

Crockett

Jasmine F. Crockett is the managing partner of The Crockett Law Firm, PLLC.  She is licensed to practice law in both the States of Arkansas and Texas and has offices in Texarkana and Dallas.  Known for both her legal acumen and political prowess, Attorney Crockett has emerged as a regional leader in the legal community. She currently serves as the Region V Director of the National Bar Association, which covers the States of Texas, Mississippi, & Louisiana, is a former member of Leadership SBOT (State Bar of Texas), and has participated in countless Texas Young Lawyer Association projects through the Texarkana Affiliate, such as The “Vote America Project.”  She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, an international public service volunteer organization.  As a former candidate for District Attorney in Bowie County and the immediate past elected chair of the Democratic Party in Bowie County, Attorney Crockett is passionate about voter education, empowerment, and mobilization.

Ms. Crockett believes in the power of the informed citizen, so she works tirelessly not only to educate all citizens about their voting rights, but their constitutional rights as well, especially as it relates to criminal accusations and the justice system.  The majority of Attorney Crockett’s day-to-day practice is criminal defense work, which is often paired with preserving her clients’ civil rights.  Most recently, she’s worked with Attorney S. Lee Merritt on some highly publicized matters concerning civil rights’ violations.  Some of these works include, ending the aimless criminal investigation of Mark and Cory Hughes after they were wrongfully linked to the Dallas Sniper attacks. The next case of note involved US Veteran, Ernest Walker, who was denied a meal at a Chili’s Restaurant on Veteran’s Day.  She then worked to secure the release of Jacqueline Craig and her daughters, who were attacked by a Fort Worth officer, after calling 911 because Jacqueline’s eight year old child had been choked by a neighbor.  Attorney Crockett skillfully dispelled the cloud of criminal accusations being held over Ms. Craig and her teen daughters.  On April 29, 2017, a fifteen year old child was executed with a single shot to the head after leaving a party.  His name was Jordan Edwards and Crockett is currently seeking justice in this matter.  Finally, Ms. Black Texas 2016, Carmen Ponder, was verbally assaulted and falsely arrested in Commerce, Texas.  Approximately two weeks later, the charges were dismissed, and approximately a month later the two main bad actors, a school board member and the police chief resigned their posts within twenty-four hours of each other.  Attorney Crockett’s dedication to seeking social justice and equality is manifested through her personal and professional commitments.

Kandace WalterMember Spotlight