Melissa L. Shearer

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Melissa L. Shearer has been an attorney with the Travis County Mental Health Public Defender (MHPD) since its inception in 2007. Prior to her work with the MHPD, Melissa served as an attorney with the Legal Services Division of the State Bar of Texas and the Colorado State Public Defender in Denver. Melissa received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997 and her JD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002.

Stories from Melissa L. Shearer

Representing the Sovereign Citizen
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

On a Sunday afternoon, Maris Crane1 was pulled over by the Austin police for failing to show proper Texas registration stickers on her car. When the officer asked her for identification, she refused multiple times, telling the officer that she would not give him her driver’s license because he did not have any authority over her. Ms.

Representing the Traumatized Client: the Case, the Client, and You
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Attorneys “often see people when they’re at their worst. Once they’re OK, you don’t see them anymore.”1 Interacting with some clients may be exceptionally difficult or frustrating because of the client’s behavior.