Austin Black Lawyers Association P.O. Box 13321, Austin, Texas 78711-3321

Meet the Team


President – April Griffin

April is an Assistant General Counsel with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and has served for over ten years as a public servant for the State of Texas. She is a proud supporter of veteran’s rights having served on active duty in the United States Air Force for over seven years. She is a Commissioner serving on the Board for Travis County Emergency Services District (ESD) #2 and a Council Member of the State Bar of Texas Administrative and Public Law Section.

April earned her B.A. from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and her J.D. from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.

April believes in public service and values every opportunity that she is given to serve her community.  She considers it a privilege and an honor to represent the Austin Black Lawyers Association as President for 2016-2017.


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Vice President – Toysha Jones (TJ)

Toysha Jones (TJ) Martin is a legal professional with almost twenty years of diverse legal experience that includes criminal prosecution, corporate in-house counsel, and General Counsel of a Texas state agency.

Ms. Martin now focuses her practice on state and federal data and personal privacy and security law.  She currently serves as a Privacy and Compliance Attorney with the Texas Health and Human Services.  In this role, she supports executive management and program staff in data breach investigations and provides guidance on various regulatory reporting obligations, internal remediation processes, and policy development. Ms. Martin also provides counsel on the daily operations of business units to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, the implementation of internal data protection best practices, processes, and procedures to ensure the privacy and security of consumer and employee information and serves as a leader in the investigation and resolution of incidents stemming from the unauthorized acquisition, access, use or disclosure of consumer confidential information.

Ms. Martin obtained her B.A. and M.A. from Prairie View A&M University and earned her J.D. with honors from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas and is licensed to practice law in Texas and Arizona.

When she has spare time, Ms. Martin serves as her son’s personal chauffer to scouting, swimming, and karate events; enjoys dancing, and is a novice photographer.


Secretary – Desiree Bedasa 

Desiree Marie Bedasa is a family law associate attorney with Angela Faye Brown & Associates, PLLC. Desiree possesses nearly 6 years of experience in working with and representing youth. In addition, Desiree is a Teach For America Alum, having taught Special Education at George E. Kelly Elementary in San Antonio, Texas where she started the school’s first Student Council.

Desiree earned her J.D. and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.