Camille Henson recently assumed duties as an Upshur County Assistant District Attorney.
Ms. Henson, 27, comes here after working in Texarkana, Ark., for the Veon Law Firm, which practices civil law. A May 2011 graduate of the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, she has passed both the Texas and Arkansas bar examinations.
She replaces Edward Choy, who resigned effective Sept. 15 to enter private law practice in Longview. She began her duties as an assistant to Dist. Atty. Billy Byrd Sept. 17.
Born in Texarkana, Texas, Ms. Henson is a 2004 graduate of Fouke High School in Arkansas. Her father is an Alabama native, and she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 2008 from the University of Alabama.
She likes politics, “but also, I really enjoy law,” she said. By practicing it, she said, she thought she could “help people and do something that I loved.”
Ms. Henson said she did various clerkships for defense attorneys while in law school, as well as coordinating Teen Court. But “I was the happiest” in the courtroom, and she has been “wanting to do criminal law and get in a courtroom.”
She learned of the job opening here through a website about vacancies in District Attorneys’ offices.
Her parents now live in Atlanta, Texas, and “I’m an East Texas girl. . .This is the job for me,” the new prosecutor said.
Ms. Henson said she majored in political science after taking a course in it, where she enjoyed learning about history, social issues and economic issues. She minored in English at Alabama.
In addition, “I like being involved in the community,” she said.
Her hobbies include reading, fishing with her brother, and arts and crafts.