AYLA resource fair to be held this weekend

On Saturday, March 28, the Austin Young Lawyers Association will host its annual Women’s Resource Fair, a free one-day clinic that brings together professionals from the legal, medical, and social services communities to serve individuals in one location. Since its launch in 2008, the annual resource fair has supported nearly 2,500 women in the Austin area.

This year, attendees can receive legal assistance, medical care and mental health services, job skills and educational counseling, social services, financial advising, haircuts, and access to a clothing closet at no cost. Breakfast, lunch, and child care will also be available during event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca St., Austin.

For more information, contact AYLA Director Debbie Kelly at (512) 472-0279.

AWA Houston announces award and scholarship recipients to honor trailblazing women attorneys, judges, and law students

On March 11, the Association of Women Attorneys – Houston will hold its third annual Premier Women in Law Luncheon to honor modern legal trailblazers. AWA Houston has announced the recipients of its Premier Women in Law Awards: Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman; 14th Court of Appeals Chief Justice Kem Frost; Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson; Ruthie White, managing partner in Jackson Lewis; Lauren Waddell, founder of Waddell Law Firm; and Susan Sanchez, corporate counsel and pro bono coordinator to Exxon Mobil Corporation.

At the luncheon, the AWA Houston Foundation also will give six scholarships to second- and third-year women law students attending one of the city’s three law schools, the University of Houston Law Center, South Texas College of Law, and the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Second-year students will receive $2,500 while third-year students will receive $3,500 to help pay for expenses related to bar exam review courses.

The AWA Houston was founded in 1976 when a small group of women lawyers organized to increase opportunities for women attorneys and improve awareness of their capabilities throughout the legal community. Almost four decades later, the group has grown to 275 women who network, perform judicial candidate screening and provide judicial recommendations, mentor law students, and host CLE events. The AWA Houston luncheon will take place at the Downtown Hyatt at 11:30 in the morning. More information is available at awahouston.org.

Ms. JD guides women lawyers to create their dream careers

With the theme Passion Forward, the sixth annual Ms. JD Conference on Women in Law aimed to empower women attorneys to pursue their ideal careers. The event, which was held in Austin from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22 and cosponsored by the Center for Women in the Law at the University of Texas School of Law, featured several interactive sessions on relevant and important topics for legal professionals. A California-based nonprofit, Ms. JD was founded in 2006 by law students at several of the nation’s top schools, including UT law school, to strengthen the presence and role of women lawyers. It organizes events around the United States several times a year, conducts original research, and provides an online library of articles and blog posts.

Above: Attendees at the Ms. JD Conference on Women in Law, held in Austin on Feb. 21, participate in a networking and icebreaker game.


During the first session of the Ms. JD conference, titled “Find Your Passion,” attendees reflected on their Myers-Briggs test results in order to have a clearer understanding of what type of professional work would complement their personality type, strengths, and preferences. The second session, “Display Your Passion,” provided instruction on how to promote oneself professionally and included discussions on effective, short social media writing, creating successful news op-eds and blog posts (as well as some of the pitfalls of such activities), and involvement in local bar associations and nonprofits. In the third session, attendees had the opportunity to work with professional trainers—such as the chief diversity officer of New York Law School and an attorney with Microsoft Corporation—on how to turn their passions into a personal brand. More information is available at ms-jd.org.