Runway for Justice to benefit Austin-area women

Paris Fashion Week is in full swing, but style mavens don’t have to travel to the City of Light to see the hottest trends.

On March 5, the Austin Young Lawyers Association will host its inaugural Runway for Justice, where attorneys will model casual, business, and evening looks. Proceeds from the evening will support the AYLA Foundation and the Women’s Resource Fair, which provides food, clothing, job assistance, medical care, and more to hundreds of low-income women in Travis County.

Thursday’s event, held at Mercury Hall, 615 Cardinal Lane in Austin, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and each guest will take home a swag bag.

Tickets are $50 per person, or $75 for VIP. A four-pack of VIP tickets is $250. For more information, go to



Austin Bar/Austin YLA Kick Off Leadership Academy

The first Austin Bar Association/Austin Young Lawyers Association Leadership Academy kicked off Friday with a daylong retreat held at the Texas Law Center. The 35 members of the leadership academy visited with Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson as well as Texas Sen. Kirk Watson, pictured. "After planning the academy for almost a year, it was wonderful to see it come to fruition with such fantastic speakers and an incredibly impressive inaugural class," says Karin Crump, co-chair of the leadership academy. "I'm thrilled to be a part in what will be a great learning experience for the entire group."

The Leadership Academy is a six-month program designed to assist Austin-area lawyers in making a difference in the legal community and the greater Austin community. "By our very nature, lawyers are leaders," says leadership academy co-chair David Courreges. "We hope that the leaders that comprise this year's class will learn from each other and will work toward a common goal of bettering our community."

Friday's retreat will be followed by a series of six lunch meetings where participants will network with academy presenters, including leaders from federal, state, and local government. The class will culminate with the organization of an optional class project.