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.