Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association Plans Big Events for Spring
Spring has arrived and TCWLA, along with the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation, are busy preparing major events in April and May.
In April, TCWLA presents its all-day “Back-to- Basics” CLE program. With six hours of CLE credit, plus lunch and networking, the program is a steal at only $75 (advance tickets). Also in April is TCWLA’s Color of Justice event that introduces minority students to the option of a career in law. See page 8 for more information.
The May highlight is TCWLA and TCWLF’s Annual Grants & Awards Luncheon. Eleven local women lawyers will receive awards and twelve non- profits will receive a record $36,500 in grants. Finally, May presents a wonderful opportunity to volunteer for Take Your Daughters to Work Day.
A Letter From Our President
Dear TCWLA Friends,
It seems unbelievable that my time as President is almost to an end. It is with pride in my heart that I think through our successes this year.
We had an unbelievable group of Pathfinders drawing the largest attendance to that lunch- eon in the history of our organization. Our Judicial Reception also saw record crowds and a unique opportunity to honor the late, Mary Pearl Williams, a TCW- LA founder and pioneer. And thanks to her family designating our Mary Pearl Williams Scholar- ship as their preferred recipient for donations in her honor, we have built up our scholarship funds for years to come.
We obtained sponsors for our monthly lunch CLE’s which drew larger crowds. We collaborated with the other minority bar associations and have just begun to appreciate and develop our cumulative strength.
And we could not have done all this without teamwork. I have had the pleasure of serving with an unbelievable Board of women who do not hesitate to take charge, take risks and move forward.
So while we reached some goals, our mission is not complete. This week I celebrated my daughter’s 8th birthday. It won’t be long before she becomes all too aware that she lives in a world that all too often will judge her by her looks before taking the time to know what is in her heart or her mind.
I want a world for her that has equal pay and no glass ceilings. I want a world where advertising, television and the media focus more on substance and less on sex. I want a world where politicians and leaders are judged by their ideas and not by their appearance. I want a world for her where women and men are treated equally in how they are evaluated, compensated and promoted. We are not there yet, but I have faith that we will get there.
I will conclude by sharing words from C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia that are large on the wall above my daughter’s bed.
“Love. Think. Speak.”
Simple words, yet powerful commandments.
Back to Basics CLE is back, and bigger and better than ever.
￼We have expanded the CLE to a full‐day and have added some exciting new topics.
The Back to Basics CLE aims to answers those seemingly basic legal questions your friends and family ask you…and expect you to know the answer to. This year the topics will include family law, wills and estates, criminal law, business formation law, e‐discovery, trials, appeals, and ethics.
That is 6 hours of CLE, including .75 hours of ethics. Both breakfast and lunch will be provid‐ ed, so at $75 a ticket, it is a steal.
You can register for the CLE at https://www.tcwla.org/article.html?aid=164.
If you have any questions, please contact Lea Brigtsen (email@example.com) or Sandra Gonzalez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LOCATION: The Wells Fargo Tower 400 West 15th Street
￼￼￼￼third floor auditorium.
Friday, April 20, 2012.
8:30 am ‐ 4 pm.
Check‐in and breakfast from 8:30 to 9:00 CLE from 9 am ‐ 4 pm.
CLE CREDIT: 6 hours of CLE, including .75 hours of ethics*
*This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 6 credit hours, of which .75 credit hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit.
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors Lexis/Nexis, Texas Star Document Services, and US Legal Support!
Annual TCWLA/TCWLF Grants and Awards Luncheon To Be Held at Hilton May 16th
￼￼The Annual TCWLA/TCWLF Grants and Awards Luncheon will be at the downtown Hilton Hotel in Austin on Wednesday, May 16th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Jerry Clements, Chair of the international law firm Locke Lord LLP is our keynote speak- er. During her almost 30 years of litigation experience, Ms. Clements has represented For- tune 500 companies across a wide range of industries and built an impressive record of reso- lutions in complex disputes in the area of commercial litigation.
This year, we are honoring the following women lawyers with attorney awards:
Contribution to Minority Community: Government Service:
Outstanding Achievement: Firm/Organization:
Advancement of Women’s Interests:
Ann Foster Vanessa Gonzales
Amy Wellborn & Karin Crump Karen
YWCA Seeks Nominations for 2012 Women of the Year Awards
For nearly 30 years the YWCA Greater Austin has paid tribute to the women that inspire the Austin community at our annual Women of theYear Awards Soiree. Recipients are recognized for their dedication to the mission of the YWCA – eliminating racism and empowering women – and to improving the lives of Austin women, families and youth. This year, the YWCA will present awards to five women in the categories of:
- Racial Justice
- Economic Empowerment
- Young Woman of Achievement (15-20 years old) Leader of Promise (21-40 years old)
- Lifetime Achievement
Nomination forms and a list of past winners are available at www.ywcaaustin.org.
Friday, April 20. Winners will be notified prior to the 2012 Women of the Year Awards Soiree which will be held on Friday, June 15, 2012, 6:30-9:30 PM, at the fitting Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas.
The YWCA, the largest women’s organization in the world, is a movement of women working for social and econom- ic change around the world and in our communities. Locally, the YWCA Greater Austin has been serving Austin for over 100 years through work dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. Today, the YWCA Greater Austin continues to provide specialized mental health counseling for low-income women and their families, and prevention and intervention services for at-risk girls and youth..
Are you a mother and an attorney in Austin? Then check out MAMAs Austin!
The Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMAs Austin) is a unique networking and support organization. MAMAs is unlike any other attorney organization in Austin in that many events include both mother attorneys and their children and are held at safe, kid‐friendly venues throughout Travis County.
Recently a sub‐group of MAMA’s has formed. Its founder says, “‘New MAMA’s’ is a group within the group especially for pregnant women and moms with young babies. The idea is that our little ones aren’t quite ready for the bigger kid social events yet, so this is a chance for us to get together, get to know one another, and share parenting tips.
Color of Justice Event on April 18th— Paving the Way for Diversity
TCWLA is excited to once again team up with the National Association of Women Judges, UT Law’s William Wayne Justice Center, along with our sponsor to date, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, to bring the Color of Justice Event to Austin’s youth.
The program was created by the National Association of Women Judges to introduce minority students to a diverse group of minority judges, lawyers, and law students whose stories illustrate the many career options available in the law
and judiciary. We are expecting approximately 50-75 minority students from local Austin high schools, including Lanier, Akins and Austin High.
This half-day event will feature two panel discussions with speakers sharing their personal experiences and encouraging the students to pursue a career in law. The intent of the program is to inspire minority high school students to consider the law as a career, and to aspire to be a judge as well as a lawyer.
The first panel, titled “The Color of Justice: Making a Difference,” will be led by several es- teemed judges, including Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright, Texas Criminal Court of Appeal Justice Elsa Alcala, Judge Orlinda Naranjo of the Travis County Civil Court, 419th Ju- dicial District and Judge Eric Shepperd of the Travis County Civil Court, County Court at Law #2.
The second panel, titled “Law as a Career: Preparing the Way” will feature a mix of legal professionals, including Juan Alcala of King & Spalding, Patricia Hayes of PVH Consulting Group, Tracy McCormack a professor at UT Law and Adriana Rodriguez at recent graduate of UT Law.
Also, as part of the program, UT Law Student, Emma Quintero will receive a $1,000 “Access to Justice Scholarship” given by the NAWJ for her demonstrated and passionate com- mitment to the achievement of equality of opportunity and access in the justice system.
The April 18th event will be at UT Law’s Eidman Courtroom from 9:30-1:30. If you are interested in learning more or attending, please contact TCWLA board member, Liz Branch at email@example.com.
Highlights from the Judicial Reception
The 2012 Judicial Reception was another success. This annual event is one of our most popular events, and this year was no different. It is no surprise that our Travis County lawyers enjoy the opportunity to honor our hard working local, state and federal judges. The timing of our reception proved poignant. Just the day before, we lost one of our founding members—Mary Pearl Williams. The reception gave us an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come and how far we can still go. Mary Pearl Williams was the first woman County Court at Law Judge and the first woman District Court Judge in Travis County. In honor of her leadership, hard work and per- severance we award a scholarship in her name each year to a deserving law student. Congratulations to Molly Lochridge Powers, the 2012 Mary Pearl Williams Scholarship Recipient, and Hannah Liddell and Athena J. Ponce, the 2012 Margaret Cooper Scholarship Recipients.
2012 Take Your Daughters to Work Day
This is your opportunity to volunteer for “Take Your Daughters to Work Day.” This will be the twelfth year for this program, “Take Your Daughters to Work Day,” scheduled on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This program will reach out to thirty (30) sixth and seventh grade girls from Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. The principal, teachers, and counselors will select students who have good attendance and grades to participate in the program. This will be our sixth (6) year to conduct a mock trial involving dating violence, but our 8th year doing a mock trial.
If you wish to participate, please contact the Chair, Judge Orlinda Naanjo, at 854-4023 or email her Court Operations Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org. We always welcome volunteers!