Chelsea Mikulencak

- Associate Attorney

Associate Attorney Chelsea Mikulencak (she/her) is mom to her wonderful three-year-old son, Logan, and two fur children, Draco and Luna.  Beyond her professional life, her son and her pups are her world.

Chelsea graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in English.  Upon completion of her Bachelor’s, Chelsea enrolled in a Master’s degree program in English (with an emphasis in rhetoric and composition studies) at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, and simultaneously became a professional writing tutor and instructor for the university. She graduated with her Master’s with a 4.0 GPA and highest academic distinction in 2012, and left academia in 2013 to begin law school and pursue her career as an attorney.

Chelsea graduated from Texas A&M University School of Law in 2016 in the top 15% of her class. During law school, she served as the Executive Editor of the Texas A&M Law Review, and was a research and teaching assistant for numerous law professors. Chelsea continued her service to the public during law school when she clerked for the Fort Worth Court of Appeals and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission while a law student.

In 2017, she began her governmental attorney work for the City of San Antonio’s City Attorney’s Office.  With a population of over 1.5 million people, San Antonio is the 2nd most populous city in Texas, and the 7th most populous in the United States. Her work in that office, which provided legal advice to a workforce of over 13,000 employees across over 30 departments, focused heavily on the First Amendment, Open Meetings Act, Public Information Act, Second Amendment, COVID-19 response and interpretation of the Governor’s Executive Orders, and Paid Sick Leave/Sick and Safe Leave.  Chelsea continues to dedicate her career to the service of governmental entities.  Her commitment to public service carries over into her volunteering – she serves in numerous leadership and planning positions for the Texas Bar Journal and the State Bar and its affiliate entities.

 

Bar Admissions

State of Texas

 

Professional Associations and Memberships

Texas Bar College –2020 – present

Texas Bar Foundation Fellow – 2020 – present

LeadershipSBOT – Class of 2020

Government Law Section of the State Bar of Texas – Council Member (Place 11), 2020 – present

Texas Young Lawyers Association – Director (District 18, Place 2), 2020 – present; member 2016 – present

Texas Bar Journal – Board of Editors Committee Member, 2020 – present

San Antonio Young Lawyers Association – Member and TYLA Liaison, 2017 – present

San Antonio Bar Association – Member, 2017 – present

 

Publications

Practical Guidance for Public Law Lawyers on Public Employee Speech and the First Amendment (2021), available here.

ABA Parental Leave Policy Recommendation (2019), available here.