Aaron Haas is a retired civil district court judge who served the people of Bexar County, Texas as the elected judge of the 285th District Court from January 1, 2019 until his retirement on December 31, 2022. During his time on the bench, Judge Haas handled thousands of civil cases in the areas of family law, personal injury, business litigation, employment disputes, property and contracts, and other areas. He presided over dozens of jury trials and hundreds of non-jury trials.
Judge Haas is also board-certified in immigration and nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, an honor given to less than 200 attorneys in the State of Texas, recognizing his demonstrated knowledge and experience in this area of law. He also was a professor of immigration law and founding director of an immigration clinic at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Judge Haas has represented hundreds of clients in immigration matters, including applications for permanent residence, naturalizations, deportation defense, DACA, special immigrant visas, and asylum.
As a lawyer or judge, he has been involved in hundreds of family-law cases over 16 years of practice. His experience includes contested and uncontested divorces, motions to modify and enforce custody and visitation, protective orders, child protective services cases, adoptions, child support, spousal support, grandparents rights, and property divisions.
Judge Haas graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in history in 2000, and from Harvard Law School with his doctorate of jurisprudence in 2006. At Harvard, Judge Haas was an editor of the Harvard Journal of International Law and a member of the Community Enterprise Project, helping small businesses in the Boston area.
He is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Family Law Section, and Immigration and Nationality Law Section with The State Bar of Texas. Additionally, he is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the Inns of Court, the National Lawyers Guild and an attorney member of the National Immigration Project.
He practices before the juvenile, county and district criminal courts in Bexar County, and surrounding counties, including Comal, Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Uvalde, Medina, Atascosa, Wilson, Kerr, Gonzales and other counties in South Texas. He is licensed to practice in the State of Texas, the federal court in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas and all immigration courts.
Shannon Salmón-Haas has distinguished herself in a multifaceted legal career, culminating in her role as lead counsel across a broad spectrum of cases within criminal, family, and immigration law sectors. A proud alumna of St. Mary's Law School, class of 2006, she not only excelled academically but also led with distinction as the president of the Christian Legal Society, showcasing her commitment to both her faith and her profession. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Salmón-Haas leverages her linguistic skills to bridge communication gaps and better serve her diverse clientele.
Her educational journey is marked by her achievement of a Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from St. Mary's University, reflecting her dedication and academic prowess. Her tenure as president of the Christian Legal Society at St. Mary's Law School underscores her leadership qualities and her ability to inspire and mobilize her peers.
In her professional practice, Shannon brings extensive experience to the table, particularly in navigating the complexities of family, criminal, and immigration law. She is licensed to represent clients in all immigration courts and offices across the United States, underscoring her comprehensive understanding of the legal landscape and her ability to advocate effectively for her clients on a national level.
Shannon Salmón-Haas continues to make her mark in the legal field, dedicated to upholding justice and providing exemplary legal services to those in need. Her professional and academic accomplishments are a testament to her expertise, commitment, and the profound impact she has on the lives of those she represents.
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