Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Justice Hassan was elected to the bench on November 6, 2018. Prior to her election, she was a partner at a small constitutional rights law firm for eight years, where she also represented indigent criminal defense clients. During that time, she secured two clearly established rights at the Fifth Circuit (to film police officers and to pre-compliance review of Texas Medical Board subpoenas to doctors). Before taking the bench, she secured victories in cases involving the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, cyber-defamation, administrative law, and Anti-SLAPP. She had been recognized by Texas Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 5 years, was awarded the Texas Civil Rights Project pro bono award in 2015, and was honored by her law school in 2012. She served as a board member for the Houston Young Lawyers Association, Houston Volunteer Lawyers, and the Women in the Law Section of the Texas Bar. She has taught a CLE on piercing grand jury secrecy to the National Police Accountability Project, has guest lectured concerning civil rights, police practices, and free speech at Texas Southern University and South Texas College of Law, and has provided counsel concerning a developing country’s proposed cyber-crime statute. She enjoys dogs, travel, and woodworking.