The Board of Directors directs and manages the affairs of the Foundation and controls the disposition of its funds, primarily through grants to local non-profit organizations that protect the legal rights of women and children in Central Texas. The Board is composed of up to 14 directors. Four of these directors are permanent directors: Past President, President, and President Elect of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association and Past Chair of the Foundation. The remaining directors are non-permanent and each serve two –year terms. The officers of the Foundation are the Chair, the Chair-Elect, the Secretary, and the Treasurer. The current Board is:
Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP
Immediate Past Chair
Natalie Niles Argüello, past President of TCWLA and the Foundation, has focused her career on the causes of justice and equality for 20 years. She has worked for and lead multiple nonprofit organizations giving her insight into the organizations the Foundation supports. Informed by an early career as a news reporter for CBS in Houston followed by a number of years as Communications Director of the National DomesticViolence Hotline, she practices law with approachability and an easy communication style. She is a civil attorney practicing primarily in the areas of wills, estate planning, probate, family law, general civil litigation, small business development, real estate, and mediation. Her mediation practice is grounded in her training by pioneers in the field in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Graduate Portfolio Program at the University of Texas School of Law. Her traditional law practice is punctuated by a commitment to pro bono representation distinguished by her time as Director of Legal Hotlines at the Texas Advocacy Project, membership in the Pro Bono College, court appointments to child protective services cases in Travis County, and collaborative work with non-profit organizations both in Texas and in Central America.
Sue Ayers is a partner in the trial department of Jackson Walker L.L.P. During the first several years of her law practice, Sue developed broad trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, toxic tort, and free speech, and represented the court-appointed Receiver in one of the largest Ponzi scheme cases ever filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. As part of Jackson Walker’s eminent domain practice group, Sue has developed expertise in land acquisition, including the negotiation of easements and crossing agreements, the purchase of property in fee simple, and condemnation. Sue assisted with all aspects of the acquisition of right-of-way for an electric transmission line project selected as one of the Top 10 Infrastructure Projects in the nation in 2013 by the International Right of Way Association.
Before law school, Sue was a high school English teacher for nine years. As an attorney, her community service has included membership on the Walnut Creek Elementary Campus Advisory Council and the Development Council for A Community for Education (“ACE”). Sue is a Fellow and a Board Member of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation and is beginning her first year as Secretary of the Board.
Board Members At Large
Cristina Nahidi, TCWLA President
Lessie Fitzpatrick, TCWLA Past President
Valerie Luessenhop – Fellows Liaison