I am a practicing lawyer in Dallas Texas and the host of the talk show, Law and Disorder (now on hiatus). I am licensed to practice law in 3 states, Texas, Arizona and Illinois. I advocate for; the legalization of drugs, prisoners' rights, and constitutional protections long eroded by the war on terror and drugs and more recently, Trump.
I am 66 years old. I got this old by being very street smart. From the age of 13 to 18, I spent most of my time in the streets of the south side of Chicago, as a runaway from a physically abusive dad. While my family was affluent, I chose to live in poverty and crime, sometimes living in the basements of apartment buildings and churches. When I got older I became a youth worker and specialized in working with the toughest kids I could find in the streets. I even created a not for profit agency so I could hire myself because no one else would hire a high school dropout to work with kids. Although I dropped out of high school I eventually received a GED, high school equivalency, when I was 18. I didn't see the inside of a classroom again until 11 years later when I began college. I spent 2 years in the University Without Walls @ Chicago State University, then at the age of 33, I entered law school. In 1982, I had to stop in detox for substance abuse recovery.
During school I continued to work as a social worker with high risk populations in the inner city. My own experiences as a street urchin and a drug abuser made me feel drawn back to the streets to do my job. After law school, I started my own law office. That way I could stay with what I had come to know the best, the streets! I have learned most of the tricks of survival by always bringing my work to the streets and the streets to my work. I have been in numerous life and death encounters, including being shot at a few times. I have seen hate and most of its permutations. I am too old to rock and roll and too young to die.
I studied law with some of the best trial lawyers in America including Gerry Spence, Racehorse Haynes, Roy Black and Morris Dees (the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the KKK Watch). I have represented clients in all types of criminal cases including first degree murder charges.
I am the former owner of DFW Gun Range in Dallas TX. I studied firearms with some of the best, Thunder Ranch, Gunsite, Halo, and the Executive Protection Institute. I spent many years instructing in the use of handguns while licensed by the state of Texas to teach concealed carry, and security officers.
Over 30 years ago I became a Big Brother of Chicago to a young man that continues to be a close friend and family member. My ex-wife allowed us to foster parent a young man I represented on criminal charges in the juvenile court in Chicago.
Nowadays I love biking Dallas or hiking Tucson. I enjoy teaching Buddhist meditation for several years at the Buddhist Center of Dallas. However, most of all I love being present for my daughters, Annastacia and Alexandria. I have discovered serenity through being in the now with nature and my environment. I eat healthy, treat the Earth with respect and seek the companionship of great spirits.
I believe in the sanctity of all living beings but I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my family. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my fingers upon thee! (Has more impact when recited by Samuel Jackson)
Publisher, Dallas Yoga Magazine
Co-Founder, Cosmic Yogi Movement Festivals
Office: 214-624-9896 Ext: 700
AJ is a long time “Dallas Girl” who has owned and operated a variety of businesses in the Dallas area. Everything from Deep Ellum clothing stores in the 80’s heyday to popular night life entertainment guides throughout Texas. AJ has her MBA and is a Texas Certified High School Teacher. She taught for 15 years in Oak Cliff helping gang and poverty kids. AJ has been in recovery from addictions for over 30 years and has written an Amazon Best Seller called “Loved Back to Life” where she shares her addiction experience. Today, she is the Publisher of Dallas Yoga Magazine, Co-Owner of Cosmic Yogi Movement & Festivals and a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. AJ is known for not holding back her opinion in any situation and speaking up for others who can’t stand up for themselves.