Judge Eric Shepperd starts term as Austin Bar Association president

Judge Eric M. Shepperd began his term as president of the Austin Bar Association today. During his one-year tenure, he will focus on raising the public’s awareness of legal services and highlighting the ways in which Austin’s legal community works to provide services to those in need.

Before serving in his current position as judge of Travis County Court at Law No. 2, Shepperd was the director of civil litigation for the Travis County Attorney’s Office and assistant attorney general for the Law Enforcement Defense Division.

Shepperd is active in service to the legal profession and the Austin community. He is a lecturer for the University of Texas Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program, a board member of the Texas Center for the Judiciary, and a board member and past chair of Leadership Austin, among other activities. Shepperd holds a B.A. in business from Andrews University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

Joining Judge Shepperd as Austin Bar officers for the upcoming bar year are Leslie Dippel, president-elect; Amy Welborn, secretary; Adam Schramek, treasurer; and Judge Elisabeth Earle, immediate past-president. The Austin Bar board of directors includes David Courreges, Jessica Mangrum, Cindy Saiter, D. Todd Smith, Amanda Arriaga, Laurie Merritt, Amanda Taylor, and Kennon Wooten.

New leadership for the Austin Young Lawyers Association includes Chari Kelly, who began her term as president today; Katie Fillmore, president-elect; Jorge Padilla, secretary; Austin Kaplan, treasurer; and Amanda Arriaga, immediate past-president. The AYLA board of directors includes Hayden Briggle, Drew Harris, Whitney Mack, Nadia Ramkissoon, Sandy Bayne, David King, Jessica Palvino, and Andrea Rose.


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 ayla.org.



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.