Justin knows the importance of playing an active role in his community, especially in regards to improving and increasing equity in public education. His passion for equity in education has been evident since he was an underprepared freshman at The University of Texas at Austin looking around at his more-prepared peers. This passion continued to grow as he worked on a Texas State Senator’s staff advocating for the Top 10 % law, which provides access to Texas’ flagship universities for students from all parts of the state. He committed to this passion when he turned down engineering job offers, to teach middle school math in South Los Angeles. He lived this passion while teaching and empowering his kids at Pio Pico Middle School in Los Angeles. He committed himself to this passion in law school when interning for the ACLU-Texas working on school-to-prison research and has continued to be a consistent and strong-willed advocate of educational equity for the last eight years in Dallas.
DALLAS EDUCATION VOLUNTEER
He previously served as chairperson of the Dallas Independent School District 9 Task Force. In addition, he is on the Southwest Region Advisory Committee for the Jackie Robinson Foundation, whose mission it is to provide scholarships and leadership development opportunities for students of color with limited financial resources. Among other volunteer roles related to education, he has previously served as the chair of the DISD Racial Equity Task Force and a member of DISD Citizen Budget Review Commission until its discontinuation.
Justin received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School Of Law in 2010. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and an M.A. in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University in 2007. While in law school, he spent the summer of 2011 working for the ACLU-Texas to increase awareness of and work on impact litigation to stop the school to prison pipeline. His passion for education has always been evident.
PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER
Prior to attending law school, Justin was a middle school math teacher at Pio Pico School in South Los Angeles. During his two years in the classroom, Justin worked with to empower his students, most of whom began the school year below grade level, to achieve academically and positively impact the world around them.
He currently is a legal counsel at Dental One Partners, Inc. He began his legal practice at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. in the Finance practice group, and Alston & Bird L.L.P. before joining NTE Mobility Partners.
Justin is married to Chasity Henry, who is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and also an attorney in Dallas. They have two children, Maya and Alexander.