Meet Our Team
President & Executive Director
Deborah founded CCLA in 2018 after serving corporate clients for over a decade as in-house counsel of various oil and gas companies.
After realizing the lack of legal services for the disadvantaged, Deborah began exploring the possibility of bringing privately funded legal services to the Greater Houston area. Going through her own parents’ divorce with a mom who worked, but could not afford good legal representation, made Deborah realize that this was an underrepresented area of need in legal aid. Thus, Deborah focuses most of her legal work for CCLA in family law. She also still maintains a private law practice in business law.
Deborah is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and is admitted to practice in the State of Texas and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also serves on the board of Hope Media Group and is active in her church.
Guardianship & Probate Attorney
Kim Cline has been CCLA’s guardianship and probate attorney for five years; and also serves as a resource for clients seeking expungement. Kim was an assistant district attorney for Harris County for 13 years where she handled over 500 criminal appeals and won briefer of the year. Kim has also served pro bono for numerous legal aid organizations and won volunteer of the year for both CCLA and Lone Star Legal Aid in the same year.
Kim previously served on the Board of CCLA as well as Montgomery County Bar Association as their pro bono coordinator. She is a member of the Texas Bar. Kim received her J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law. She also holds a B.A. in Socio-Economics from Michigan State University and a Masters in Theological Studies from Liberty University.
Contract & Pro Bono Attorney
Yarin Romero is a contract and pro bono attorney for CCLA. She also is an associate attorney for Kerr Wilson, P.C. where she handles insurance defense and immigration cases.
Yarin, who is fluent in Spanish, says her conviction to help immigrants developed from her experience as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Yarin has experience before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Houston Immigration Courts, and in the Civil Courts of Harris County.
Yarin graduated cum laude from South Texas College of Law. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, and enjoys traveling. She and her husband are the youth leaders of a small Hispanic church in Northwest Houston.
Lynn Flanagan is originally from Beaumont, Texas where she started her career as a paralegal. She has been a paralegal for more than 25 years, practicing mostly family law.
Lynn was married to her husband Mark for 34 years when he passed away in 2020. They have one son, Brian, who still lives nearby. Lynn is active in her Church and volunteers in their Outreach Program. In her spare time, she enjoys quality time with friends, attending Bible studies, playing cards, and traveling.
Licensed Master Social Worker
Linda Stroud grew up in Amarillo, Texas and attended college at McMurry University in Abilene. She then received her Master’s Degree from the University of Houston. Licensed with her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) more than 40 years ago, Linda worked for Texas Child Protective Services most of her career until she retired in 2020.
She is married to a retired professional musician and proudly boasts 6 children and 12 grandchildren. Linda’s favorite hobby is photography and she enjoys cheering on her grandchildren at their sporting events and other activities in her spare time.