Lukas is a Legal Eagle at Akins High School. As a student in our model program, Lukas serves as a voice for the aspiring attorneys we want to empower. In addition to his talents in courtroom competitions, Lukas is also an incredibly talented musician and an outstanding student. Lukas is always seeking opportunities to serve his classmates and his community. We look forward to watching Lukas progress toward his passions regardless of his industry of choice.
A UT Law graduate, Francesca is an Assistant Attorney General in Austin. She is highly active in both legal and philanthropic organizations. As Community Outreach Chair for the Barbara Jordan Inn of Court, she has advocated for mentorship and financial support for high school students. As a mock trial coach, she supported the development of aspiring attorneys. She believes that the law allows attorneys to be investigators, puzzle solvers, and advocates in a profession meant to help people!
Carlos Garcia, the law teacher at Akins High School, graduated from UT Austin with degrees in Education (1984) and Law (1988). After five years of prosecution, his practice has focused on representing low-income defendants. Mr. Garcia has extensive experience in death penalty work having handled some of the most high-profile cases in Texas, and is a frequent course presenter at continuing education programs for attorneys in subjects including capital jury selection and false confessions.
Professor Marrus is the Director of the Center for Children, Law & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). She teaches Juvenile Law, Children and the Law, Professional Responsibility, and practice related courses. Five years ago, Professor Marrus started a Street Law Program at UHLC training law students to teach the law to high school students. The program now extends to youth in the Harris County detention center and will soon extend to all county juvenile probation programs
Gilbert is an employment attorney and holds a law degree and a master of education from the University of Wisconsin. While enrolled in his JD program, Gilbert served as a research assistant and a teacher assistant (Special Education Law and Public-School Law) to the former dean of Wisconsin’s School of Education. Gilbert also completed a year of service with AmeriCorps where he tutored and mentored students in San Antonio. He is passionate about the intersection of education equity and the law.
As an Assistant District Attorney in Central/South Texas, Randy developed an interventionist and rehabilitative philosophy and gained valuable experience in Juvenile Justice and CPS advocacy. Now, Randy focuses his efforts as an Austin Assistant City Attorney on improving the lives of the homeless, mentally ill, and chemically dependent. Randy is committed to providing students with opportunities for success at level 0 of the sequential intercept model. The best type of intervention—prevention!
In 2017, Armin established the first high school legal aid clinic in the country with the help of the Akins Legal Eagles. The Eagle Aid clinic provided hundreds of hours of free legal services while offering students practical experiences not available in any other school. Armin is currently earning a Master of Education Policy and Management as a Zuckerman Fellow at Harvard, while promoting the expansion legal education and supporting Akins as a model for what legal education can offer.