Justine Fanarof’s law practice is informed by a lifetime of international social justice, equality and ethics experience. She is a values-driven attorney, focusing not just on the outcome of a client’s case, but on the process to get there as well. Her early experience as the granddaughter of activists shaped her resolve to improve the world through justice work, while her training as a lawyer and a yogi reinforced the idea that there are many roads to positive change.
Justine combines her legal expertise and mindfulness practice to offer a much-needed alternative to the aggressive culture of law.
Using a compassionate, authentic approach, Justine serves both her clients and the community through intelligent, resolution-oriented work.
A deeper “why” and a focus on more than just the task at hand.
A commitment to authentic, honest work both for clients and on behalf of clients.
A recognition that people are at the center of each legal encounter and each individual deserves to be treated with dignity.
Justine collaborated on Supreme Court amicus briefs (educational equity, voting rights), secured workplace protections based on religious freedom, crafted the City of Austin’s Marriage Equality Resolution, studied Separation of Powers with the late great Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in Strasbourg, France, is a member of the University of Houston’s Living Archives, and published numerous opinion pieces on complex moral and legal issues. An alumna of the FBI Citizen’s Academy, she recognizes the importance of strong and responsive, rather than reactive, community relations with law enforcement on the local, state and federal levels.
In addition to practicing law, Justine is also an established yoga, meditation and ethics teacher with over two decades of teaching experience. She teaches yoga and mindfulness for lawyers courses and volunteers with other members of the Texas yoga community in offering an annual wellness retreat for Alzheimer’s caregivers at Elm Flats Ranch in Fulshear, TX.
In the community, Justine serves the Houston Coalition Against Hate as Co-Chair of the Organizational Committee and is a member of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, I’ll Have What She’s Having and Healthcare for the Homeless. Justine provides pro bono legal representation and counsel to Central American migrant children through a partnership with Kids In Need of Defense. In 2019 she is co-leading the Eco, Outdoors and Sustainability track of the Jewish Federation of Houston’s Mission to Israel!
- Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law-Houston
- Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health
- Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin
Justine is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and is admitted to practice law before all Texas courts, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.
FBI Citizen’s Academy-Houston Class of 2012