Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association Honors Four at Annual Pathfinders Luncheon
On January 25th, the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association recognized as “Pathfinders” four accomplished women attorneys in Austin:
The Litigator: Gina Shishima, Partner at Fulbright and Jaworski;
The Professor: Linda Mullenix, Professor at the University of Texas School of Law;
The Judge: Susan Sheppard, Retired Associate District Judge, Travis County; and
The Policy-Maker: Lulu Flores, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus and Partner at HendlerLaw.
These distinguished women shared their career stories during lunch and those in attendance left feeling inspired. Introductions to the 2012 Pathfinders are in this issue of Legal Matters.
Don’t miss the big events TCWLA is planning this Spring: the annual Judicial Reception in February, a Judicial CLE opportunity and networking membership meeting in March, and the annual Foundation Grants and Awards Luncheon in May.
And check out TCWLA’s facebook page!
Details on Upcoming Membership Meetings & Other Events
Judicial Reception, 6:00 p.m.
Green Pastures Restaurant, 811 West Live Oak
Join us for TCWLA’s annual judicial reception. Always well- attended, this is a great chance to mix and mingle with judges over heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. We will also present the Mary Pearl Williams Scholarship and the Margaret Cooper Scholarship to two local outstanding law students. The event is FREE for TCWLA members and $15 at the door for non-members.
Judicial CLE, 5:00 p.m.,
McGinnis Lochridge, 600 Congress, Suite 2100
Sponsored by TCWLA, the Austin minority bar associations, and McGinnis Lochride, this is another good opportunity to meet judges — and get CLE credit at the same time.
Membership Meeting & Networking Brown Bag Lunch
12:00 – 1:00, Scott, Douglass & McConnico
600 Congress, 17th Floor
This is a meeting devoted to our membership and how we can help each other advance in our careers. Bring a brown-bag lunch and come prepared to discuss your practice, what kinds of referrals would be helpful to you, and your ideas for how women attorneys in Austin can help each other up the ladder.
TCWLA Back to Basics CLE, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Tower Auditorium, 400 West 15th Street
Need a little CLE and an opportunity to learn some of the basics from other practice areas? This full day Back to Basics CLE will sessions on Family Law, Wills & Estates, Criminal Law, Business Formation & Corporations, Ethics, Trial Basics and E-Discovery. Stay posted for more information.
Travis County Women Lawyers Foundation’s
Annual Grants & Awards Luncheon
Hilton Hotel, 500 East 4th Street
The annual grants and awards luncheon is one of the biggest and best events of the year. See pages 6 and 7 for information about nominating outstanding women lawyers and organizations in need of grants.
TCWLA Members and Their Children Volunteer on MLK Day with Little Helping Hands
On January 16, 2012, TCWLA members recognized MLK by volunteer- ing with their children in a project organized by Little Helping Hands to benefit Caritas of Austin. Before getting started on the project, the volunteers watched a video highlight- ing the work of Caritas of Austin and the need for the work the children were about to perform. The children were attentive and eager to get started.
Thanks to the organizational skills of Little Helping Hands founder Marissa Vogel, the volunteers created (and decorated) countless “homeless car kits,” made 200 sandwiches, and assembled bags of rice and beans to be distributed by Caritas — all in only 1 1/2 hours.
Parents were also given a “Table Talk” guide to help them discuss the project and the meaning of volunteerism with their children.
“This Little Helping Hands project was really terrific,” said Jana Terry, one of the TCWLA volunteers. “I was so impressed with how well organized it was and how meaningful it has been to my daughter. She is only 4, but she re- ally ‘got it’ and has insisted on making homeless car kits that we can have on hand.”
With the goal of fostering “a community where young children have the opportunity to experience the value of community service” and “building a strong foundation for life -long respect of people in need and the environment around them,” Little Help- ing Hands organizes projects that give parents an opportunity to model community service to their children and engage their children in age-appropriate service opportunities.
Little Helping Hands reports that, during 2011, its volunteers contributed 5,475 hours and 2,421 children participated.
For more information or to find a volunteer opportunity, go to www.littlehelpinghands.org.
Volunteers Needed for the Women’s Resource Fair, March 3
The Austin Young Lawyers Association is organizing the fifth annual Women’s Resource Fair, and volunteers are needed. The event provides hundreds of homeless and low- income women with a full day of all types of services, including legal advice, medical exams, haircuts, child care, and a chance to shop for clothing and shoes.
The Fair is scheduled for Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center located at 1300 Lavaca Street (near the First United Methodist Church).
Volunteers are needed to help assist with set-up, clean-up, registration, distributing gift bags, and general duties.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Lauren Kleine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, donations of gently used women’s clothing of all types and sizes are being sought for inclusion in the clothing closet at the Women’s Resource Fair. Please drop off cloth- ing donations at the Austin Bar Association offices prior to Feb. 29, 2012.
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. Mother attorneys face difficult challenges that are somewhat unique from other professions — generally longer work hours, pressure to generate business and network, and sometimes heavy travel schedules. Mother attorneys must also sometimes downplay their roles as mothers with colleagues and clients. MAMAs Austin addresses these challenges by celebrating our roles as mothers and attorneys and providing networking events where our children are invited and welcome.
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. In previous meetings, we’ve chatted about everything from where to get the best maternity clothes to how to find a nanny. Of course, your babies are welcome.”