May 24, 2018
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706

Carmen Roe of Houston elected to seat on State Bar of Texas Board of Directors

AUSTIN — Houston lawyers have elected Carmen Roe to represent them on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors.

Roe faced Courtney T. Carlson in a runoff election for the District 4, Place 5 seat on the board after none of three candidates received a majority of the vote in a general election that ended May 1. The runoff was held May 10 through 5 p.m. CT May 24.

In the runoff, Roe received 50.5 percent of the 3,387 votes cast. Carlson followed closely with 49.5 percent.

Roe is board certified in criminal appeals by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is past president of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. She serves on the State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee, the Criminal Law Appellate Law Examination Commission, and on the board of directors for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Roe has owned her downtown Houston law firm for 12 years and defends the accused in both state and federal court. She is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and also a continuing member of several local, state, and national criminal bar associations. Roe was named a 2014, 2015, and 2016 Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star, and a 2015, 2016, and 2017 Texas Super Lawyer. She is a legal analyst for a Houston news station and a guest legal analyst on MSNBC.

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