Law Office of River del Llano

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Austin, Texas, family law attorney helping resolve custody, divorce, child support, domestic violence, adoption and related issues.  21 years experience in the Travis County court system.


Ann del Llano and APD Chief Art Acevedo on Public Safety and Race Relations: Leadership Austin Engage Speaker Series  Full audio and live polling results.

What is the current landscape around public safety and race relations? The complexities of this intersection have long been grappled with by city leaders, and yet some posit the conversation never makes significant strides toward permanent community action.  What innovations are needed to move toward constructive change? December 7, 2010

Police Monitor Finalists Share Visions for More Transparent APD, by Josh Rosenblatt

.... “The police monitor’s department has only worked on individual complaints one at a time, and it has authority under the contract to work on policy issues, the broader issues,” del Llano said. “If I’m monitor I want to move into looking at policy issues, like racial profiling and others ..... “I wouldn’t contribute so many hours of my time to make the department better if I didn’t love the department and love my city. I was disappointed that the police monitor office was created weaker than what the citizen panel wanted. One reason I would like to be monitor is the next monitor will probably help renegotiate the next police contract and help renegotiate the monitor’s office.”....  InFact Daily, December 8, 2010

Police Monitor Finalists Weigh In On APD’s Use of Force, by Ashley Porter

“Candidate Ann del Llano believes the use of force rules should more specifically outline the department's value of protection of life. Del Llano is an attorney who previously worked with the Police Oversight Focus Group. She pointed to the Houston Police Department's use of force policy which bans using deadly force in order to protect property.  "If our officers take a human life to preserve property, that is not a violation of policy,” she said. “So that's just one simple example of how important it is to have these policies."  Watch the video, YNN TV (formerly News 8), December 7, 2010

Austin Police Monitor Finalists Narrowed to Four: Candidates Will Participate in Community Forum Next Month, by Tony Plohetski

“ .... del Llano worked with the American Civil Liberties Union with a specialty in the Texas criminal justice system and state budget. ‘She has contributed to several successful efforts to pass state and local legislation and budget priorities,’ the city said in its release.....” Austin American Statesmen, November 23, 2010

The Power of Judges and the Roles They Play: An Interview with Southern Shift's Ann del Llano, by Davey D

“Citizens of the United States of America have now lost their place at the table in our democracy.... The rules are all going to change now... Now that corporations can give their money straight to elected officials all around the country, say goodbye to the rules that we’re all used to playing under.” Listen to the audio podcast, Breakdown FM, February 11, 2010

Supreme Planning in Business: Balancing Creative and Critical Thought, by Cedric Muhammad

“....I recently was further enlightened on this subject through conversation with a client—a brilliant lawyer, political professional and entrepreneur, Ann del Llano (”   The Final Call, February 18, 2008

Debate sizzles on city charter amendments, by Kate Alexander

“Some Austin heavyweights offered up answers for Kass and the rest of the crowd at a public forum sponsored by St. Edward's University. On one side: Bill Bunch of the Save Our Springs Alliance and Ann del Llano of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. On the other side: former Mayor Gus Garcia and former Council Member Daryl Slusher....del Llano said the measure ‘is about people having access to their government.’ ....”  Austin American Statesman, April 14, 2006

UT group fights pot penalty: Marijuana rules should be same as for alcohol, which is deadlier, it says, by Karen Brooks

“....’If you look at the rules about how you can be suspended from school, we believe the university is encouraging drinking,’ said Ann del Llano, a civil-liberties lawyer working with SAFER Texas. ‘We see this as a life-or-death matter. If they had brought [Mr. Phoummarath] an infinite amount of marijuana and forced him to consume it, he'd be alive and breathing today.’”  Dallas Morning News, February 13, 2006

Conference brings social ills to the fore: Organizers aim to improve conditions in low-income areas, by Frank Trejo

“....’The sessions today have been electrifying and energizing,’ said J. McDonald Williams, chairman and founder of the Foundation for Community Empowerment .... Ann del Llano ... spoke about the impact incarceration and felony convictions have on people and communities. She noted that in Texas, someone who is convicted of a felony is labeled a felon for life and barred from certain services and even jobs.  ‘In our constitution, a felon is a second-class citizen,’ she said....”  Dallas Morning News, October 28, 2005

Prosecutors Get Pounded: The district attorneys meet their own personal Alamo in the 79th Legislature, by Jonathan York

“For more than 30 years, district attorneys have held sway on criminal justice issues at the Texas Capitol.... For the first time in recent memory, the prosecutors received a series of stinging setbacks on major legislation they opposed....Ann del Llano, a lobbyist with the ACLU of Texas, said people were wondering where the prosecutors had been....”  The Texas Observer, June 24, 2005

A huddle to help ex-cons adjust: Group talking about how to provide jobs, housing, counseling, by Mike Ward

“....a group of more than 70 state and local leaders -- including ... a Who's Who of justice and civic leaders -- sat down with the woman and other ex-convicts, their family members, top parole officials and even crime victims to plot how to help ex-convicts become law-abiding, taxpaying citizens once they leave prison....Ann del Llano, criminal justice liaison for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, said the new interest in helping ex-convicts is occurring nationally ‘as most people realize that prisoners do their time and then come back to the community....”  Austin American Statesman, May 1, 2004

Citizen oversight of police needed now more than ever, by Ann del Llano

“....The city has the perfect opportunity to fix the lack of police discipline right now by insisting on meaningful amendments to the police meet and confer contract....”  Austin American Statesman, February 4, 2004

Patriot Act gets a Texas defender: U.S. attorney making public case in support of much-criticized law, by Steven Kreytak

“....’Americans should not be investigated and not have their privacy invaded unless there's probable cause to know they have committed a crime,’ said Ann del Llano, an Austin lawyer....”  Austin American Statesman, September 21, 2003

Focus group to suggest hiring police auditor, by Jason Spencer

“....Detective Mike Sheffield, a task force member and president of the police association, suggested that members of the task force participate in those talks. Ann del Llano, chairwoman of the Sunshine Project for Police Accountability, lauded Sheffield's suggestion. `’That's pretty radical thinking,'’ she said.....”  Austin American Statesman, January 11, 2000

Idea for gangs: Face thy neighbor, by Dave Harmon and Angela Shah

“.... Ann del Llano, a lawyer for Shang Yahoshua, another of the injunction defendants ... said she became very interested in the circle idea after Earle's office started talking about reduced sentences for two pending drug charges if Yahoshua participates in a circle.  ‘When you start talking like that, people come to the table in a hurry,' she said.....”  Austin American Statesman, October 17, 1998

In Texas Town, Pact Separates Religion and High School Sports, by The New York Times

“....It was a teacher who first contacted the A.C.L.U., said Ann del Llano, the lawyer who filed the suit. ‘Students were starting to drop out of athletics,’ Ms. del Llano said, ‘and she was concerned that more were going to be dropping out soon.’....”  The New York Times, April 4, 1996