Joining the Judicial Commission for Mental Health in 2020, Kama Harris previously worked as a criminal defense lawyer, defending hundreds of adult and juvenile clients at all levels of the Texas criminal justice system. Starting her legal career as a mitigation specialist working on death penalty cases, she gained instrumental insight on the way trauma, poverty, racism, mental health, and intellectual and developmental disabilities had an impact on her clients, their families, the community, and the legal system. Ms. Harris carried that experience into private practice and to her position as the First Assistant Public Defender in Burnet County.
Having worked in rural communities and in larger cities, she brings her legal expertise and her passion for helping individuals navigate the justice system to the JCMH. With membership in the American Inns of Court and her service as a local Teen Court mentor, Ms. Harris regularly teaches and collaborates with colleagues and the community on legal topics.
Ms. Harris received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a minor in Psychology from the University of Texas. In 2011, she received her Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and was an Articles Editor and Community Service Committee Chair for Texas Tech Law Review. She lives in Round Rock with her husband, son, and cats. Ms. Harris enjoys painting, travel, and scuba diving.