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Janice Law

Janice Law graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism.  She spent more than a decade as a reporter for various newspapers throughout the nation while her husband Robert served in the U.S. Air Force.

In 1976, Janice Law entered Nova Law School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, while working at the Fort Lauderdale News.  Balancing work and law school was no easy feat, but Janice succeed in receiving her Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1979, after which she worked as a state prosecutor in Bartow and Fort Lauderdale, Florida for six years. Law would then serve as staff attorney for federal judges in the Southern District of Texas from 1985-1988.  Thereafter, Law worked in the litigation for the City of Houston legal department as an Assistant City Attorney, and in 1990, she began to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney in McAllen, TX. Not long thereafter, she worked in Houston as a criminal defense attorney for the indigent, which led to an appointment by the mayor as an Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Houston.

In addition to her legal pursuits, Janice Law continues to nurture the love for writing that she exhibited as an undergraduate in Ann Arbor.  Having penned a number of books that span several genres, she is an activist and founder of the American Women Writers National Museum, a non-profit organization  that supports the talent of female writers past and present. Law also completed a four-year term as judge in criminal court in Harris County, TX. She continues to sit by interchange for judges who are not available due to illness or other obligation.

Law has received multiple awards for her journalistic and other written endeavors, including the Schachern Memorial Award in 1970 for her journalistic work as Religion Editor of the Houston Chronicle, and props as finalist for the Violet Crown Award  for her work  Yield,  and honorable mention for her short story "The Secrets of a Client Are Inviolate" in a competition sponsored by the Texas Bar Association. She has  twice been a featured author on C-SPAN Book TV, and her book  Capitol Cat & Watch Dog earned a place a law-related education program for teachers in the State of Texas.Among her writing credits are historical fiction Wicked Good Secrets (2009) and children's historical fiction Capitol Cat & Watch Dog Unite Lady Freedoms (2008), as well as three nonfiction books: Strangers in Blood: Distanced Lives (2007), Yield: A Judge's Fir$t-Year Diary (2006) and Sex Appealed: was the U.S. Supreme Court Fooled? (2005), and her newest work: American Evita: Lurleen Wallace.

Law is also the recipient of two Telly Awards, awarded to both she and her husband, for Best Political Advertisement and Best Jingle.

 

 

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