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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.



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


PAST RECIPIENTS

   Outstanding Lawyer  Young Lawyer

 2015  Sara E. Dysart  Shari Mao
 2014
 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


Bexar County Women's Bar Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

Bexar County Women's Bar Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

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