The new reality TV show Sisters In Law follows a tight-knit group of six elite black female lawyers in Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S. They work in a male dominated (66%), mostly white (82%) field. Some are criminal lawyers, some are civil lawyers.
One of the six Sisters In Law is criminal defense attorney Jolanda Jones. The Houston native was raised in the violent Third Ward (where she’d been shot at, and where her brother was murdered) but she credits her excellent public school education and sports with her success. She was an All-American in track and field and basketball at Alief Elsik High School. She graduated from the University of Houston where she earned “an unprecedented three NCAA heptathlon championships and the title of Greatest Female Athlete of the Century,” and then she earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. When the single mom lawyer isn’t defending clients in court, she’s running for Houston Independent School District (HISD) Trustee, Position IV. Sisters In Law premieres March 24 at 10pm on WEtv.