Alcala spent nine years as an assistant district attorney under D.A. Johnny Holmes in Harris County. She was the lead trial attorney in more than seventy felony jury trials, with focus on violent offenders and distributors of narcotics. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where she was named to the Order of Barristers and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas.
Mona Kermani holds a BSc. in Psychology from the University of Birmingham, a Postgraduate LL.B. from the University of Law in London and an LL.M. in International Law & Capital Punishment from the University of Texas in Austin. Ms. Kermani qualified as a solicitor in the United Kingdom where she was actively involved with the work of human rights organizations including Reprieve, Human Rights Lawyers Association, Law Society International Action Team and Young Legal Aid Lawyers. She moved to Texas in 2014 to work exclusively on the representation of indigent defendants facing the death penalty. Prior to joining Texas Defender Service as a John P. Niland Fellow/Mitigation Specialist, Ms. Kermani worked with persons facing the death penalty in pre-trial and trial proceedings in Harris County and surrounding areas, and at the Office of Capital and Forensic Writs.