Dallas City Attorney

Community Courts Prosecutor

Yulise joined the Dallas City Attorney’s Office in 2011 and currently serves as the Community Courts Prosecutor. Previously, she served as the Southwest Division Community Prosecutor. Yulise received her law degree from Southern Methodist University. She received her undergraduate degrees from Southern Methodist University where she graduated magna cum laude and was the recipient of the President’s Scholarship and was selected as Senior Woman of the Year. Prior to joining the CAO, she was a partner at a family law practice. Yulise has been named “One-to-Watch” by SMU Magazine and a “40 under 40” leader by the Dallas Business Journal, is a recipient of the History Maker Award of the Black Alumni of SMU and has twice been added to the City of Dallas’ Wall of Honor for excellence in service to the citizens of Dallas. Yulise is a proficient Spanish speaker.


  • Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University
    J.D., May 2008
  • Southern Methodist University B.B.A. focus in Organizational Behavior and Business, 2002 B.A. in English, 2002 B.A. in Spanish, 2002
  • La Fundacion de Jose Ortega y Gasset, Madrid, Spain, Spring 2001

Affiliations & Activities

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Collaborative Law Section
  • J.L. Turner Legal Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Collaborative Law
  • American Bar Association
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2009-2010

Publications and Presentation

  • Gay G. Cox and Yulise R. Waters, “Penetrating the Walls: Overcoming Barriers to the Proliferation of Collaborative Practice in Underserved Communities,” The Collaborative Review (Winter 2008-2009).
  • Collaborative Law Training- Presenter/Workshop Facilitator, CPS Collaborative Law Project Training

Prior Experience

  • Co-Founder and Partner, Cox Waters, PLLC
  • Law Clerk, Gay G. Cox, Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • Law Clerk, Law Offices of Matthew C. McKay
  • Student Attorney, SMU Legal Civil Clinic
  • Legal Extern, Dallas Independent School District Legal