The Belva Lockwood Awards

Each year Bexar County Women's Bar selects two female attorneys who embody the principles of Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood (October 24, 1830 – May 19, 1917). Lockwood was an American attorney, politician, educator, and author. She was active in working for women's rights, The term feminist was not in use at the time; the press of her day referred to her as a "suffragist" -- someone who believed in women's suffrage or voting rights. Lockwood overcame many social and personal obstacles related to gender restrictions.  After college, she became a teacher and principal, working to equalize pay for women in education. She supported the movement for world peace, and was a proponent of temperance.

Lockwood graduated from law school in Washington, D.C. and became one of the first female lawyers in the United States. In 1879, she successfully petitioned Congress to be allowed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, becoming the first woman attorney given this privilege. Lockwood ran for president in 1884 and 1888 on the ticket of the National Equal Rights Party and was the first woman to appear on official ballots.

We are so proud of our members who continue to change the face of our community and further women in our profession. Recipients are chosen based on contributions to the legal profession, and contributions to the community in the form of charitable and volunteer work. Nominees are evaluated based on experience, reputation, and standing in the legal community. The Young Lawyer Award  is given to an attorney who has been in practice three to ten years.

We are proud to announce the selection of Cynthia Orr as the 2016 Belva Lockwood Outstanding Lawyer and Lauren M. Horne as the 2016 Belva Lockwood Outstanding Young Lawyer.

2016 Belva Lockwood Outstanding Lawyer

Cynthia Orr practices law with the law firm of Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley.  She has attained national prominence defending citizens and entities in state and federal trial and appellate courts. She is past-chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section and a member of the ABA’s House of Delegates for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee that approves board certification exams. She is a member of the Texas Board of Law Examiners and also a member of the Board of Governors for the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit. She is also a Past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. In the local bar, Cynthia is a chair of the San Antonio Bar Association’s Federal Courts Committee - Criminal Law Subcommittee. Cynthia is an inductee into the San Antonio Woman’s Hall of Fame. She is co-founder of the Texas Innocence Network.

She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and also in the Best 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Cynthia has been published by the ABA, NACDL, TCDLA; in the Texas Bar Journal, Texas Lawyer and has updated the TCDLA’s Texas Annotated Codebooks (2014-2015), Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure].

A 1979 undergraduate of the University of Texas at Austin and 1988 graduate of St. Mary’s School of Law. She began her career clerking for Fifth Circuit Judge Emilio Garza when he was on the District Court bench in San Antonio, Texas. She is proficient in trial, appeals, writs of habeas corpus, petitions for discretionary review, writs of certiorari, mandamus, prohibition and corum nobis. Her breadth of experience with each vehicle compliments the others, making her a strong and experienced advocate.  She is most active advocating criminal justice reforms. Cynthia is Board Certified in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for the State Bar of Texas and has an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell.

2016 Outstanding Young Lawyer

Lauren M. Horne is an associate with Hoblit, Darling, Ralls, Hernandez & Hudlow, LLP’s medical malpractice defense group.  A graduate of Texas A&M University (B.S. – Political Science, 2005) and Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (J.D., 2008), she was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2008.  While attending law school in her hometown of Fort Worth, Lauren served as a student attorney in the law clinic representing indigent clients in social security and family law matters. She also interned with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, and the City of Fort Worth.  Following graduation, Lauren began her legal career in Houston before moving to San Antonio in 2011.  She has more than eight years of general civil litigation experience, including the defense of professional liability, medical malpractice, personal injury, and premises liability claims. 

As a new attorney in San Antonio, Lauren immediately became involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas and the Bexar County Women’s Bar.  Lauren has served on the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association and Foundation Board of Directors since 2013, including in the following capacities: Monthly Luncheon Co-Chair, Autumn Affair Arrangements Committee Co-Chair, Autumn Affair Auction, Balloon, and/or Raffle Committee Co-Chair, Website Chair, and Membership.  She researched new membership management software and created the new and improved Bexar County Women’s Bar website.  One of her proudest achievements is helping to launch the LEAD Academy, a new, year-long leadership program born out of a desire to assist women attorneys in attaining the highest level of success in their firms and organizations, their communities, and the legal profession. 

Lauren participates regularly on speaking panels.  In 2013, she co-authored and presented Managing the Fundamentals of Your Law Practice at the State Bar Annual Meeting.  Additionally, she has spoken to University of Texas Health Science Center resident physicians and various medical organizations about minimizing risks and the nuts and bolts of medical malpractice.  Most recently, Lauren served as a panelist in Justice Rebeca C. Martinez’ Color of Justice Program, a program that educates, encourages and motivates young women from local high schools to consider a career in the law and judiciary.  

The Belva Lockwood Outstanding Lawyer and Outstanding Young Lawyer Awards recipients will be honored at this year's  Autumn Affair


   Outstanding Lawyer  Young Lawyer

 2015  Sara E. Dysart  Shari Mao
 Leslie Hyman  Natalie Wilson
 2013  Lisa Barkley  Molly Neck
 2012  Sylvia Cardona   Tiffanie Clausewitz
 2011  Carol Jendrzey  Priscilla Camacho
 2010  Elizabeth Copeland  Marissa Helm
 2009  Pamela Huff  Natalie Hall
 2008  Diana Gies   Emma Cano
 2007  Nissa Dunn  Kristal Cordova-Thomson
 2006  Abigail Kampmann  Laura Mason
 2005  Renee Yanta  Carmen Samaniego
 2004  Rosa Cabezas-Gil  Regina Stone-Harris
 2003  Elizabeth Lindell  Amber Lidell-Alwais
 2002  Jill Torbert  Teresa Oxford
 2001  Laurie Weiss  Angela Sanchez
 2000  Patricia Diaz Dennis  Dayla Pepi
 1999  Diann Bartek  ileta Sumner
 1998  Barbara Nellermoe  Elizabeth Copeland
 1997  Nancy Anderson  Patricia Blaschke De Veau
 1996  Malinda Gaul  Danielle Hargrove
 1995  Evelyn Biery  Pamela Huff
 1994  Nancy Taylor Shivers  Stacy Ferguson
 1993  Patricia Flynn  Jane Dingivan
 1992  Jane Macon  Sue Bench
 1991  Barbara Bader Aldave  Lisa Wortham
 1990  Mary Brennan Stitch  Melissa Priest
 1989  Margaret Maisel  Martha Fitzwater
 1988  Cyndi Taylor Krier  Jo Chris Lopez
 1987  Jane Bocus  Phyllis Mulder
 1986  Sue Hall  Linda Gutierrez
 1985  Peggy Butler  Denise Martinez

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