Jacklyn Varela


Jacklyn Varela graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2014.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in English, Sociology, and Political Science.  Her capstone study was focused on life without parole sentences for juveniles.

Ms. Varela moved to Houston to attend law school at South Texas College of Law Houston.  While at STCLH, she participated in the Asylum/Human Trafficking Clinic as well as the Child Welfare Clinic.  After her first year in law school, she began working as law clerk for Dena Fisher in the areas of Juvenile Delinquency, Child Welfare, and Criminal defense.

Upon graduation, she continued working with Ms. Fisher as an associate until January 2019 when Ms. Fisher was appointed Associate Judge in the 315th Juvenile District Court.  Ms. Varela now works as a solo practitioner, in the same areas of law.

Ms. Varela is a member of the Houston Bar Association, the Mexican American Bar Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, and the Hispanic Law Association of Houston.  She also volunteers for KIND.

When there is spare time, Ms. Varela enjoys seeing movies with her family and crafting.

The Juvenile and Children’s Advocacy Project is a nonprofit legal services organization at the University of Houston Law Center.