Pathfinders Lunch an Inspiration
All who attended TCWLA’s 2010 Path- finder’s Lunch were not disappointed. Everyone left inspired by the examples set by this year’s honorees and filled with a lovely meal at Carmelo’s. The meeting began with an open session for networking and catching up. Then, our Pathfinders Judge Suzanne Covington, Dr. Lynda Frost, Justice Eva Guzman, and Jeana Lungwitz shared stories, advice, and lessons- learned from their distinguished careers.
Each speaker shared her individual perspective on the role public service has played in her professional and personal lives. The honorees’ remarks were followed by a lively question and answer session.
From Your President Elizabeth Poole
Who can believe it’s al- ready February? TCWLA kicks off the calendar year with two wonderful events: the Pathfinders’ Luncheon and the Judicial Reception. Last month we had a great luncheon at Carmelo’s. Our 2010 Path- finders, Judge Suzanne Covington, Dr. Lynda Frost, Justice Eva Guzman and Jeana Lungwitz, were inspiring and entertaining.
On February 25 we invite you to another opportunity to honor members of our local legal community: Our annual Judicial Reception. Please join us as we host our local judiciary for an evening of cocktails and conversation. At the reception we will award a UT School of Law student our Mary Pearl Williams Scholar- ship. This $1,500 scholarship is named after Judge Mary Pearl Williams, and was founded in 2000 when Judge Williams retired from the Travis County district court bench. Judge Williams was the first female county court at law judge and the first female district judge in Travis County. The scholarship is awarded to a woman law student who shows exceptional promise of being a leader in her community.
TCWLA is fortunate to have members who have already established them- selves as leaders in the legal community. Each year we award these legal leaders at our annual Grants and Awards Luncheon. Along with the attorney awards, the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation provides $25,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations. For an attorney award nomination form, please visit our website (http:// www.tcwla.org).
We continue to welcome new and renewing mem- bers! If you have not renewed your member- ship for 2010, please visit our website, or just scroll down to the membership form at the end of the newsletter. I hope you take advantage of all that TCWLA has to offer!
SAVE THE DATE & REGISTER ONLINE
Annual Judicial Reception Thursday, Feb. 25th from 5:30 to 7:30 Green Pastures (811 W Live Oak, 78704) Please join us for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, beverages and wonderful conversations with many distinguished members of the Austin judiciary and for the presentation of the Mary Pearl Williams scholarship to a local out- standing law student. This event is for members-only and is offered at no charge!
TCWLA CLE March 5 Register online for a half- day CLE on the FLDS cases.
CLE is free for members and $15 for non-members, with an optional $15 ca- tered lunch for both.
Meet Your Board Member Cameron Vann
Cameron Vann has been licensed as an attorney since 1982. After graduating from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science and from the University of Houston with a Master of Education, she pur- sued a teaching and ad- ministrative career in Spring Branch Independent School District.
Cameron then earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston and joined a mid-size civil litigation firm. In l985 she opened her private practice in Houston, focusing on probate and elder law until her retirement in 2003. While practicing in Houston Cameron served on several boards and received awards for her work from Baylor College of Medicine, Alzheimer Association, Mental Health Association, Association of Women Attorneys, and Rotary.
After deciding that she had too much energy to retire permanently, Cameron moved to Austin to work at Advocacy, Inc. representing clients with mental health disabilities. While at Advocacy, she served on the Mental Health Community Committee and the Jail Diversion Committee. She is a past and current board member of the Travis County Women Lawyers Association.
Joining the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP) staff at the State Bar of Texas in July 2008, Cameron works with lawyers, judges and law students who experience depression and alcohol or drug dependency, to connect with resources for recovery. If there is someone in the legal community struggling with these issues, make a confidential referral to TLAP at 512-427-1453 to get help.
Cameron and her husband Charlie own Barrington Bed and Break- fast in Washington-on- the-Brazos, Texas, and have a son in Los Angeles and daughter in Washington, D.C.
Austin Lawyers Support Group
A new group and re- source for attorneys in Austin and the surrounding areas has just opened its doors. The Austin Lawyers Support Group, organized by the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, is meet- ing monthly on the last Thursday each month,
from Noon-1:00 at the Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress, 7th Floor Board Room, no charge, free parking. This monthly education and support group is for lawyers, judges and law students seeking help or support while healing from depression, addiction, job stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.
2010 Take Your Daughters to Work Day
This is your opportunity to volunteer with the Travis County Woman Lawyers’ Association’s award winning program by serving as a mentor, even if it’s only for one day. TCWLA has scheduled for the tenth year their premier program, “Take Your Daughters to Work Day”, on Monday, May 3, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This program reaches out to young girls in the fifth and sixth grades at Zavala Elementary School located in East Austin. The principal, teachers, and counselors will select twenty (20) girls who have good attendance and grades to participate in the program. This will be our 4th year to conduct a mock trial involving a protective order based on dating violence.
Breast Cancer Legal Advocacy Workshop
Friday, April 16, 2010
Brown McCarroll LLP, Austin, TX
Brown McCarroll LLP &
The American Bar Association Health Law Section Breast Cancer Task Force
Out of all women born today, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life. Chances are you or someone you know has had some experience with this disease. Cancer patients face a variety of legal problems related to their illness, including healthcare concerns, insurance company refusal to authorize needed treatment, and employment issues. This seminar will provide information to attorneys of practices, procedures, and statutory enactments that will help them to assist clients with legal problems resulting from their illness. Information will also be provided on how attorneys can become advocates for breast cancer patients.