Mr. Shanklin obtained his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center in 1992 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Houston in 1990. He has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University and is certified by the State of Texas as an Academic Advisor. His practice includes personal injury litigation, general business matters, family law and probate matters. He is certified by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, serves as a Commissioner for the Harris County Courts, and is a Certified Ad Litem for the Family and Probate Courts of Harris County.
In addition to practicing law, Mr. Shanklin is an adjunct professor at the Houston Community College Southeast Campus where he teaches American and Texas Government and an adjunct professor at University of Houston-Downtown where he teaches Critical Pedagogy and Multicultural Education. He has been awarded certificates of appreciation from the Dayton, Aldine, Houston and Spring Branch independent school districts for his volunteer and educational work on behalf of those school districts.
Mr. Shanklin has extensive public service experience and is the General Counsel for the United States Tennis Association-Texas Section, as well as a life member of the Houston Tennis Association and the United States Tennis Association. He serves as an Executive Board Member for the Center for the Professional Development of Teachers at the University of Houston-Downtown. He is on the Board of Directors for Dress Up Houston which provides clothing for the needy, and The Guardian Angels Academy, a charter school. Mr. Shanklin also serves on the Board of Directors of the Country Playhouse and is a member of the Houston Bar Association’s Speakers Bureau where he discusses social and legal trends in schools and civic organizations.
Additionally, Mr. Shanklin is a member of a number of lawyer organizations including the Houston Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Society and the Pro Bono College.