A Day In Federal Court: CLE Seminar Thursday, May 11
Texas Law Center, Room 101 1414 Colorado St.
8:30 – 4:15
Whether you are an experienced federal practitioner or applying for admission to the Western District of Texas, this seminar will provide you with invaluable practice tips and the rare opportunity to hear first-hand from the judges, their law clerks, and some of the most skilled lawyers around. Please see the TCWLA website for more information on the seminar and on how to register.
Mary Pearl Williams 2006 Scholarship Awarded
This year TCWLA awarded the Mary Pearl Williams scholarship to Katheryne RuthMardock. Katherynedistinguished herself from all other applicants with her legal, work, volunteer and leadership experience. Not only is Katheryne a board member for the Women’s Law Caucus at The University of Texas School of Law, but she was also president of the Liberal Arts Council during her undergraduate work at the University of Texas, voted most outstanding council president from 2002 to 2003.
Katheryne has also volunteered for The Women’s Advocacy Project and for the Office of Senator Jane Nelson. She has worked for the Children’s Rights Clinic at UT as a student attorney, she was a legal intern for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, and she worked as a client counselor for a local lobbying firm here in Austin.
Katheryne epitomizes the purpose of The Mary Pearl Williams scholarship which is awarded to a law student at the UT School of Law who shows – through community service and activities at the law school – exceptional promise of being a leader in the community.
￼FROM THE PRESIDENT
￼The Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association and Foundation are gearing up for our annual Awards and Grants Luncheon that will be at the Four Seasons Hotel on June 7, 2006. Every year the Association and Foundation honor women lawyers with awards for excellence in Litigation, Government,Outstanding Achievement, Contribution to Minority Community, President’s Award, Pro Bono, Public Interest, and Firm in an effort to strengthen the image and position of women lawyers in the community. This year’s award recipients are brilliant and talented women lawyers from all areas of practice. They truly bridge the gap between firms, government, in house, and solo practitioners.
We are also honored to be awarding our annual grants to non-profit organizations around Austin for the purpose of protecting the legal rights of women and children. This year will be a historical year for the Foundation asitisawarding$16,000.00intotal grants, surpassing all prior years of grant giving.
However, it is with great regret that we inform our members that Governor Ann Richards will not be able to attend the luncheon as planned. Governor Richards has been an
inspiration to us all and she is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We are grateful to have Mary Beth Rogers attend on Governor Richard’s behalf to help us honor Governor Richards at our luncheon.
Successful Color of Justice Program
Board Member Elizabeth Branch and Justice Bea Ann Smith are excited to report that the Color of Justice Program was a huge success. This is the second Color of Justice program presented in Austin with the collaboration of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and the University of Texas School of Law’s Women’s Law Caucus. It was a half-day event held on April 10, 2006, at the Eidman Courtroom at the University of Texas School of Law.
The Color of Justice program brought together a distinguished panel of minority judges, lawyers and law students who shared their experiences and the reasons why they chose careers in the law to a selected group of approximately 20 minority high school students from Austin’s Akins High School. The program focused on career preparation, panel discussions with judges and lawyers sharing personal and professional insights, and small group discussions during a box luncheon. Another highlight to the program was when Ciara Williams, a second year student at the UT’s School of Law, received the Access to Justice Scholarship given by the NAWJ. This $1,000 scholarship was presented to a student who demonstrated a sustained and passionate commitment to promote access in the justice system, and who overcame significant obstacles. The scholarship was formally presented by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson and Judge Susan Criss, District Director of NAWJ in Texas.
Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association would like to extend a huge thank you to the panelist who so graciously took the time and effort to share their diverse and truly uplifting experiences, making the program a success!
Meet Your Board: Ellen Stewart
Practice area: estate planning , probate and guardianship.
Employer: Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner L.L.P.
Education: After graduating from Leander ISD (back when it was small with one high school) I ventured far from home (Georgetown) and attended Southwestern University (no not Southwest Texas State University. I graduated in 1993 with a BA Magna Cum ( political science major and history minor). Suchcredentialscouldonlymean a trip to law school. I graduated from Baylor University in 1996. I started my legal career in Dallas (a reaction to Waco) at Smith Underwood and Perkins in commercial litigation.
Family: I married my high school sweetheart (Dean Tesmer who did attend SWTS) in 1994, during law school. We lived in Dallas for 4 years. After the birth
of baby 1 (Emily Caroline Tesmer) we decided Austin was the place to be. Moved back in 2000 and started with BAJB. Originally I worked in insurance defense, railroad litigation and workers compensation defense at BAJB. In Sept 2002, my son was born (Nicholas Stewart Tesmer), which began my transition phase to estate planning/probate practice. Dean and I are surrounded by family inAustin, myfolksinCedarParkand his in Round Rock. Also in the family is Hannah Jane, the basset hound. Loves to Do: I love to travel, cook (baking is my favorite) and meet people. I belong to too many clubs, groups etc, b/c I love to meet new people, make friends and be productive.
Tidbits: I met Dean at 16 at Highland Mall. My friend, newly licensed, almost hit the boys. Of course the only solution was to exchange numbers. We have been married for 12 years this August. I have worked for the Texas Legislature (the political science thing) campaigned for Ann Richards, and worked at Wal-Mart during HS and college (summers/breaks). I am afraid of heights and do not like boating, even though we have a boat.