Sarah Roland

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Sarah Roland grew up always wanting to be a criminal defense lawyer like her late dad, George Roland. Sarah has a criminal trial and appellate practice. She has been a member of TCDLA since 2001 and serves on the board of directors. She has served as chairperson of CDLP and is a course director for Rusty Duncan this year. She’s a past president of the Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and has been selected as a Rising Star in 2012–2014 and a Super Lawyer in 2014.

Stories from Sarah Roland

Editor's Comment: Wear Silver-1
Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Whether you believe it’s a matter of choice or genetics or a combination of both, addiction affects us all. It is a disease, and it doesn’t discriminate among us. Addiction has touched each of our lives in one way or another. Some of us have deeply personal experiences, but all of us come face to face with addiction and the havoc it brings on a regular basis by nature of what we have chosen to do.

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

It’s nice to be needed. And given the overall changes in the world around us, criminal defense lawyers are needed more than ever. We provide balance to an often seemingly imbalanced system—and hope, reassurance, and when it goes best, rescue to those whom we serve. We are the ones who consistently challenge the status quo. We are the ones who are unafraid to be in the minority.

Editor's Comment: The Gold Standard - By Sarah Roland
Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The gold standard—the absolute best, the benchmark, the epitome of perfection. It’s what many of us aspire to be professionally and what few actually achieve. Buck Files is no doubt the gold standard among us. He has been a consistent and quality contributor to The Voice for 30 years. In this regard, his contribution to TCDLA is unparalleled. TCDLA is fortunate to have had Buck on its team for all these years. There is no sign of him slowing down, either! 

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

As I write this column, my husband and I are preparing to bring our second child—a boy—into this world. We have decided to name him Samuel George Smith. (Yes, I am one of those women who didn’t change my last name.) George, after my late dad, George Roland. My dad was a fierce defender of the Constitution—the best. I now know and appreciate the blood, sweat, and tears that he invested in his work and its meaning. The soon-to-be birth of my son has me thinking a lot about legacies—the ones we leave behind, the ones we create, the ones we pass on.

Editor's Comment: The New Sheriff-1
Saturday, March 12th, 2016

It is quite a humbling honor and responsibility to serve as your new editor. I am thankful to the leadership for allowing me this opportunity to continue to serve TCDLA in a new way. Many thanks to Michael Gross for his tireless service to TCDLA as editor for the past 2½ years and guidance to me as I step into this new role. His are indeed large shoes to fill. It also cannot be said often enough how fortunate we are to have the staff that we do working for us.

DNA Just Is: A Close Look at Article 38.43
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

I. Introduction

The proliferation of research and investigation into DNA—that fundamental building block of all living (and some non-living) things—brought with it the unequivocal assertion that DNA simply “is.” What DNA precisely is, however, differs slightly from the scientific community to the legal community.

Keep On Keepin’ On...
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

We signed up for a reason. It is not about the money. We are severely underpaid to begin with. We accept that. We signed up because we believe in an ideal. That everyone—no matter financial means, race, creed, education, lifestyle—deserves the best representation possible. We fight injustice—even systemic injustice.

Remembering Greg
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Gregory died on March 13, 2013. He died from a horrible illness that is scorned and stigmatized by our society. He died from addiction.

So You’re My Lawyer
Saturday, July 20th, 2013

“Free World” vs. Appointed Lawyers

Public opinion of court-appointed lawyers is, to put it gently, not entirely positive. One would be hard-pressed to find nearly as many articles praising superior performances by court-appointed lawyers as to find those chronicling gross deficiencies in their performance.