TCWLA Closes 2010 in Style
TCWLA had two great events in November and another in December with record-breaking numbers in attendance. First was the half day “Back to Basics” CLE, a practical primer on multiple topics from family law to business formations. Each speaker shared information and advice on how to respond to questions out- side your typical practice areas. The concept and organization of the event was handled by Board members, Lea Brightsen of Hunton & Williams LLP and Sandra Gonzalez of Green- berg Traurig LLP. Attendees enjoyed the top- ics and asked that we give the CLE again next year. Let us know your ideas about the CLE that would benefit your practice the most.
The second event was not just any ordinary monthly membership meeting. The November Membership meeting was held in the evening on November 17. As the wine flowed, so did the marketing advice of Marny Lifshen.
All in attendance learned a great deal and came away with renewed energy to build upon our relationships and net- works in practical and productive ways. Thank you to Board Member, Cindy Con- nolly of Scott, Doug- lass, & McConnico, LLP, for bringing this all together.
The final event of the calendar year was the annual TCWLA holiday party on December 2. Attendees enjoyed this kick- off to the holiday season with good food and wine while browsing the fashionable collection Party on December 2 at Gallery D. Thank you to the Board Members who created such a festive event: Beeral Amin of Amin Law Office and Robyn Hargrove of Scott, Douglass, & McConnico, LLP.
Your Board is still hard at work
planning and preparing for 2011, and the event lineup is exciting. Be sure and join us for the always popular and inspirational Pathfinders‟ Luncheon on January 19, 2011, at Carmelo‟s Italian Restaurant. To register go to the web- site: www.tcwla.org.
From Your President
„Twas three weeks before Christmas, when all through the firm, all of the creatures were stirring, trying to finish this term. The briefs were all stacked on the fax machine with care, in hopes that a winning judgment soon would be there.
The attorneys tossed and turned each night in their beds, while visions of vacation danced in their heads. And a partner in her suit, with an associate in tow, had just settled in for a long week‟s go.
When down on Second Street there arose a festive clatter, the women attorneys sprung to see what was the matter. Away to the windows, they flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon in the Texas sky, without any snow, gave a warm winter‟s gleam to the objects below. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but TCWLA hosting a Holiday Party with cheer.
With an enthusiastic Board, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment that this event was my pick! More rapid than eagles the bartender came, and he identified all of the great wines exactly by name!
The party was full of networking and friends, but like all good things, this one also ends. As I departed Gallery D feeling all full of light, TCWLA wished us, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”
Where has the time gone? It is hard to believe that it is already December, a fabulously fun, but also very busy time of year. Even with all of the hustle and bustle of the sea- son, so many came to celebrate with us at the TCWLA Holiday Party on December 2, which was held in lieu of our regular membership meeting this month.
I want to remind you to take a few minutes this month to renew your TCWLA membership if you haven‟t already. Your dues make it possible for TCWLA to host fun and informative events, and we sincerely appreciate your continued support.
Finally, I ask that each of you do two things in December: First, take a few moments for yourself; you deserve a pat on the back for all that you have accomplished this year! Second, take some time to remember the spirit of
his season: Giving. Whether you can make a contribution of time, money, or even just the sharing of some kind words or thoughts to- ward another person, please make an attempt to do so. If all of us give only a little, together we can make a large impact!
Amanda Taylor 2010-2011 Board President
Consider attending these meetings or contact Cameron Vann if you want to support the groups in other ways.
Austin Lawyers Support Group
What: A confidential monthly education and support group for lawyers, judges and law students seeking help or support while healing from depression, addiction, job stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.
When: Every last Thursday of the month from 12:00 to 1:00 PM Where: 816 Congress, in the “Longhorn Room”, Room 320.
Free Parking under the building. Enter the parking area from 9th street.
Format: 30 minute speaker – an expert from the mental health field. 30 minute peer support – lawyers supporting lawyers
Contact: TLAP support is from Cameron Vann, J.D. Cameron.firstname.lastname@example.org , (512) 427-1453 or (800) 343-8527.
Please pass this information on to other lawyers who may be interested.
Meet Your Board Member Beeral Amin , Activities Co-chair
Beeral Amin started Amin Law Office in July 2009 and her practice focuses primarily on family law issues: divorce, child custody, child support, protective orders and adoption. Beeral received a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and returned to her hometown of Houston to attend South Texas College of Law. While at South Texas, she litigated for the Harris County Attorney‟s Office in the Child Protective Division. After graduating, Beeral followed her passion for public interest back to Austin and advocated for domestic violence survivors at Safe- Place. Beeral currently serves for a second year on the Board of the Travis County Women Lawyer’s Association and on the Council of the Austin Asian American Bar Association.
Raise a Glass! Good News from Bar Members
Laurie Higginbotham, partner in Archuleta, Alsaffar, & Higginbotham, recently obtained an excel- lent damages award for the family of a local Austin child injured at his daycare facility. Thanks to Higginbotham‟s advocacy and a favorable ruling by the Texas Supreme Court, the family is one step closer to collecting those damages. The Court denied as improvidently granted the petition for review in Hyde Park Church v.Turner, etal. after hearing arguments in the case in September. The Court has only denied petitions in this manner six times since January 1, 2005. Higginbotham is quoted in the Texas Lawyer (November 1, 2010), “I think (the Court) just confirmed that kids come first and day-care centers should be responsible for their safety.”
Laura Fowler of the Fowler Law Firm PC would like to announce the addition of two new firm members and the growth of the firm‟s Criminal Law Section. Hon. Judge Charlie Baird of the 299th District Court of Travis County will join the firm on January 3rd, 2011, as Chief of the Criminal Law Section. Charlie Baird’s remarkable career as a Texas attorney spans almost thirty (30) years during which time he practiced criminal law actively, served on Texas’ highest appellate court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, taught criminal law at his alma mater South Texas College of Law,Texas Tech University School of Law and Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, earned advanced degrees in law from University of Virginia School of Law and appeared frequently on ABC, CNN, NBC, PBS and even Court TV! A ferocious champion of the legal rights of the individual, Charlie Baird con- siders his greatest contribution to his fellow man to be the unwavering and devoted defense of the accused. Also joining the team is Stefanie Collins,a 2008 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, passionate advocate of the rights of the accused, and a current co- chair of the Central Texas Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas.