Attorney At Law
Rachel Walker Al-Yasi graduated from St. Mary's School of Law in San Antonio, TX, in 1990 and then went to work at the Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office in Edinburg, TX, in 1991. During her two years as a prosecutor, she tried numerous cases to a jury and the bench. She had an excellent win rate.
She also put together and presented several seminars for police officers, including seminars on rape and DWI. The rape seminar was a result of officers' concerns that fellow officers were not properly handling rape cases by telling alleged victims that, "your skirt was too short; you were in a bar; you were drinking; it would embarrass your family if you filed charges." She was able to put on a week-long seminar for which participating officers received credit for continuing their law enforcement education. The speakers included rape victims, rape advocacy center social workers, and a police psychologist.
When she reviewed a police report for a DWI that simply stated, "He was drunk, so I arrested him," she prepared and presented a day-long seminar for police officers to train them how to prepare a police report properly, what elements needed to be articulated, and how the facts must be presented for a successful prosecution.
She has educated paralegals on the legal aspects of law so they can understand what is going on the courtroom. As a paralegal instructor, she frequently got the question, "How can an attorney represent someone they know is guilty?" The answer is this: we are a nation of laws, laws which the police have to follow as well. The constitution guarantees that an individual has constitutional rights. If we fail to hold the police accountable, no matter how egregious the suspected crime, your rights will be violated next. As a prosecutor, she had cases dismissed where officers violated the law in arresting individuals.
Adjunct Professor & Judge
Rachel Walker Al-Yasi was also an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. She taught law students how to conduct trials, how to conduct effective cross-examinations, and the proper introduction or exclusion of evidence. She was elected to the criminal bench in Metropolitan Court in 2006 and sat on the bench from January 2007 until December 2010. In January of 2011, she went into private practice representing criminal cases in State Court, Metropolitan Court, Magistrate Court, and Municipal Court.