TCWLA is off to another great year
Our new web- site has been a hit. We have had a lot of good feedback. If you haven’t already, go to our new site and check out it’s new features: www.tcwla.org.
The Board encourages each of you to take advan- tage of our membership meetings. Besides free CLE each month, the meetings are great opportunities to meet and network with other attorneys in Travis County. The people you meet can be great referral sources for your practice as well as great professional support.
TCWLA will also be bringing you several new events this year. We will be hosting some of our membership CLE meet- ings after work (instead of at lunch only) to provide an opportunity for atten- dance by our members who cannot break away during a hectic afternoon.
This month’s meeting is still at lunchtime and will feature Tom Watkins on the proposed changes to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Con- duct.
As always, the Board appreciates your input and ideas. We hope to see you at our next event!
TCWLA’s CLE Season in Full Swing
The September’s Membership meeting was well attended and a huge success. Robyn Hargrove, partner at Scott, Douglass & McConnico, LLP provided an update on re- cent developments in Texas law on legal malpractice and lawyer li- ability. Her tips on how to avoid malpractice claims benefited all in attendance.
The October Member- ship meeting will once again be held at the TSTA building at 316 W 12th St, Sturgeon Room on October 20 at 11:45- 1:00 p.m. Tom Watkins, partner at Brown McCarroll will present the CLE on the pro- posed changes to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and provide insight on how the proposed changes could impact your practice. Join us for this CLE and a scrumptious lunch. The CLE is free, and the catered lunch is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Advanced registration required for lunch at: www.tcwla.org.
Be on the lookout for the exact time and location of the November 17th Membership meet- ing. We are trying something new this season and holding a number of meetings after work instead of at lunchtime. We appreciate your thoughts and feedback on this new schedule. It is the Board’s hope that the new time will offer even more opportunity for members to participate and to take advantage of the free CLE and net- working opportunities of our membership.
Special CLE Event
Back to Basics: Answers to Basic Questions that all Lawyers Need to Know
Friday, November 5, 2010; 9:00-12:00 pm Wells Fargo Tower; 400 W. 15th Street, 3rd Floor
Isn’t it frustrating when family and friends ask seemingly basic legal questions that as a lawyer, they assume you know? Often, you don’t because it is not in an area of law that you practice? That’s why we organized the Back to Basics CLE with a great line -up of speakers on the following topics:
· Wills and Estates: Learn the nuts and bolts behind wills, power of at- torneys, and directive to physicians–documents every person should have.
· Family Law: Find out the basics of a divorce decree and standard cus- tody arrangements.
· Criminal Law: Ever wondered what a driver should do when the po- lice pull over the car and the driver has been drinking? The in’s and out’s of bailing people out of jail? What’s a reasonable search and seizure during a traffic stop?
· Business Law: Learn the basics of starting a non-profit or for profit business.
· Consumer Basics: What are people’s rights and protections if their identity has been stolen? When I agree to contracts online, what does that mean?
Come learn the answers to these questions, earn 2.5 MCLE hours, and network with local lawyers.
To learn more information about this CLE, go to www.tcwla.org/
Austin Lawyers Support Group
Taking care of ourselves is key to being able to provide the highest quality services to our clients. Consider attending these meetings or contact Cameron Vann if you want to support the groups in other ways.
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.
Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation Fellows Celebration Event October 20,2010
Host: TCWLF Board
When: Wednesday, October 20, 2010, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Where: Jackson Walker L.L.P.
100 Congress, Suite 1100 Austin, TX 78701
The TCWLF Board invites you to come raise a glass and join your friends and colleagues in celebrating
the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation and its Fellows!
In appreciation of our Fellows and their contributions to the Foundation, the TCWLF Board is hosting a Celebration and Appreciation Event in their honor. Come hear what the Foundation has been doing since it was formed in 2002!
If you are interested in becoming a Foundation Fellow, please make plans to attend! This is your opportunity to talk to current Fellows and learn more about the Foundation, its purpose, and what the Foundation is doing to further justice and equal opportunities for women, families, and children.
Hors d’oeuvres and spirits will be served.
Please RSVP by emailing Erin Tuggle at email@example.com.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
GRAVES, DOUGHERTY, HEARON & MOODY JACKSON WALKER L.L.P. JENNIFER S. COOK, ESQ.
SUSAN BURTON, CHAIR, RANDE HARRELL, PAST CHAIR CAMERON VANN, SECRETARY JESSICA WARREN, TREASURER AMANDA TAYLOR, TCWLA PRESIDENT ELIZABETH POOLE, PAST PRESIDENT TCWLA CINDY CONNOLLY, PRESIDENT-ELECT TCWLA JENNIFER S. COOK, LISA BOWLIN HOBBS, SUSAN G. MORRISON, ERIN N. TUGGLE
Parking for the event is available at no cost in the 101 Colorado Building garage. Access to this garage is on Cesar Chavez between Colorado and Congress. (There is a white sign that indicates Visitor Parking for the 100 Congress Building.)
Take the garage elevators to the ground floor
A walkway provides access from the garage to the 100 Congress Building.
Judge Harriet Murphy, ’69, inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame
On August 12, 2010, Judge Harriet Murphy, UT Law class of 1969, was inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame. Judge Murphy’s induction is in recognition of her community involvement and of the significant contributions she has made to the cause of justice during her life in the law.
The only black woman in her law class, Judge Murphy has long been a champion of diversity issues. In 1973, she became the first African -American woman to be officially appointed to a judgeship in the state of Texas. She was a judge on the City of Austin Municipal Court for twenty years, a term of service which included presiding judge.
Her contributions to the profession are widely known and valued; over the course of her long and distinguished career she has served as counselor to legislators, politicians, and university presidents on diversity issues. Murphy was a founding member of the Austin Black Lawyers Association, the Travis County Women Lawyers Association, and the Austin Urban League. She has served on the Mayor’s Task Force on the Homeless and the Travis County Public Defenders Task Force. She served for two years on the United States State Department Council on African Affairs, during which time she participated in a data-finding commission to South Africa. Currently, she serves on the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College and the Black Alumni Steering Committee of the Texas Exes.
Murphy received one of the inaugural Austin Black Lawyers Association’s Legacy Awards earlier this year. In 2005 she received the Raymond Pace Alexander Award, and in 2003 she was awarded the Gertrude E. Rush Award, both from the National Bar Association. She has received several additional awards from the University of Texas, including the first Thurgood Marshall Legal Society award and the Yellow Rose of Texas Award. Additionally, she serves on numerous boards, including the International Hospitality Council of Austin.
Prior to joining the municipal court, Murphy practiced law part time for eight years and was head of the government department of Huston-Tillotson College in Austin for five years. Born and raised in Atlanta, she received her undergraduate degree from Spelman College and a masters degree from Clark-Atlanta University in addition to her degree from UT Law.