The Association of Women Attorneys Foundation honored four female attorneys and awarded six scholarships to law students at the 7th annual Premier Women in Law Luncheon held March 28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston.
Attorneys honored at the luncheon were Debra Tsuchiyama Baker, managing partner of Baker Wotring; Linda Broocks, a partner in Kean Miller; Phyllis Randolph Frye, a partner in Frye, Benavidez and O’Neil; and Cristina E. Rodriguez, a partner in Hogan Lovells US.
Six scholarships were awarded to 2L and 3L female law students from each law school in Houston. Scholarship recipients were Jayelle Aubrey Lozoya, 3L, and Adilia Miranda, 2L, of South Texas College of Law Houston; Joy Nnama, 3L, and Sintia Solis, 2L, of Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law; and Ruth Rivera-Arriaga, 3L, and Rachael Thompson, 2L, of the University of Houston Law Center.
An update was also presented on the 2017-2018 AWAF Pro Bono Fellowship, which partnered with the Legal Division of the Tahirih Justice Center and Houston Volunteer Lawyers. The fellowship program provides three applicants a paid fellowship with one of the partnering organizations for their first year of practice. In 2018-2019, AWAF added a third pro bono fellowship program with Kids in Need of Defense, or KIND.
Next year, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office will offer a third-year AWAF applicant an internship position in its Sex Crimes Division.