Elect Allecia Pottinger for Judge in the 280th District Court in Harris County Texas
Allecia Pottinger is passionate about the concept of “Justice for All.” A client’s ability to pay for services has never deterred Allecia from tirelessly pursuing reparations for victims who would otherwise have no voice. As a practicing attorney, Allecia has worked with persons infected and affected with HIV, parents, and business owners in the community. In addition to practicing as an attorney, she is an Administration Law Judge with the Texas Education Agency presiding over cases between teachers and school districts. Allecia is also an adamant proponent of rights for employees, and contributed substantially to the Employee Rights Handbook with the Earl Carl Institute for Legal & Social Policy, Inc. Without its backbone, the corporation cannot function, and Allecia firmly believes that those without the high status, social prestige, and means to fight on a level playing field, are exactly the people who require access to justice.
Working with the Earl Carl Institute for Legal & Social Policy Inc., she has contributed to the publications of the Blackletter Law Journal (“The Systematic Denial of the Right to Vote to America’s Minorities,” vol. 11, 1994), and the Whittier Law Review (“Juvenile Justice” vol. 17, No.4, 1996) (credited under Allecia Coleman). Since 1995, Allecia has dedicated herself to bringing to light the injustices of her community, and made it her personal mission to assist in the acquisition of truth, equity, and due process.
After graduating from Texas Southern University where she obtained both her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Juris Doctorate, Allecia became a staff attorney for the Houston branch of the NAACP, and advanced to Program Director. While with the organization, direct client representation increased from 800 to 1200 clients. Her efforts were recognized by the Houston Lawyers Association where she was the recipient of their Hainsworth Outstanding Service Award and the NAACP ALEX Award (Award for Legal Excellence). Allecia also managed contract attorneys and enabled them to increase productivity from 3 closed cases per month, to 9; an increase of 300%. Eliminating unnecessary delays is intrinsic to the efficiency of the judicial system, which Allecia is passionate about.
Forever involved in her community, Allecia has dedicated her time and talents as a board member of the Texas African American Lawyer Section, The Houston Lawyers Association, Independent Heights Community Health Center, Brentwood Baptist Church Federal Credit Union, and as President of the TSU Lady Tigers Bowling Team booster club.
Allecia’s primary concern is justice for the people. As testament to that, she has tried multiple cases pro bono, including successfully appealing a family case to the First Court of Appeals. She is extremely ardent about achieving fairness in the realm of family law, and has won numerous trials of child custody, child support, restraining orders, and reinstatement of parental rights. Allecia works closely with victims who reside in homeless shelters and transitional living facilities, rape victims, victims of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and victims suffering from drug and alcohol addiction seeking rehabilitation. She is a volunteer attorney for Advocate Legal Senior Center of Houston where she works to provide representation for those seeking guardianship for family members with physically or mentally disabling condtions. For people who find it nearly impossible to be heard, she strives to offer the gift of redress and impartiality.
Allecia is married to Neville Pottinger, LCDC and Clinical Services and Support Manager for the Houston Recovery Center in downtown Houston. Together they participated in Hope Ministries’s prison fellowship and reside in Houston, Texas with their son Justin, age 8. Allecia and her family are dedicated members of their church, Brentwood Baptist Church, and her free time is spent volunteering in the various auxiliaries of the ministry.
Allecia believes that every judge should have integrity, care about the people they serve, be fair and impartial, and actually take the time to listen to the concerns over those whom she presides. These characteristics are of the utmost importance in the 280th District Court, as it is responsible for hearing all of the domestic violence cases in Harris County, and issuing protective orders. Her goal is to eradicate unnecessary resets in the court and to serve a community that has served her so well.