TCWLA’s mission includes strengthening the image and position of women lawyers in the community. One way that TCWLA achieves that goal is through its awards program. Since 1991, TCWLA has celebrated the contributions of the unsung heroines of the legal profession. These awards are meant to highlight the low-profile contributions made by members of the profession. These individuals are assets to the local legal community. The award recipients, who are nominated by their peers, show their merit in their work, their volunteer activities and the atmosphere they create in the workplace. The criteria for consideration are that the person practice law in Travis County and serve the local community in some fashion. The nominees need not be members of TCWLA. One of the awards recognizes a firm, organization, or government entity for hiring women or for progressive work-place policies such as innovative job sharing, day care, flex and part-time work programs, or alternative partnership tracks. The other awards are Pro Bono, Public Interest, Litigation, Transactional, Contribution to Minority Community, President’s Award, and Outstanding Achievement.
The awards are presented at the annual TCWLA – TCWLF charity awards luncheon held in late Spring of each year, which is a joyful celebration of the achievements of TCWLA and members of the legal profession during the preceding year. During the luncheon the achievements of each recipient are described in detail and applauded.
2019 Award Winners
Public Interest: Beth Stevens, Texas Civil Rights Project
Government Service: Leela Fireside, City of Austin
Pro Bono: Susan Allison Kidwell, Locke Lord LLP
Contribution to Minority Community: Daniella Lyttle,
The Lyttle Law Firm P.L.L.C.
Criminal Justice: Darla D. Davis, Attorney at Law
Corporate/Transactional: Erin Fonté, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Litigation/Appellate: Amanda Taylor, Butler Snow LLP
Advancement of Women’s Interests: Jessie Neufeld, Farm Credit Bank of Texas
Outstanding Achievement: Justice Eva Guzman, The Supreme Court of Texas
Outstanding Firm: The Travis County Attorney’s Office