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  • Friday, December 09, 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    December 9, 2016

    Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation’s LEAD Academy Receives Texas Bar Foundation Grant; Inaugural Class Selected

    San Antonio, TX –The Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation (BCWBF) today announced that it has been awarded a $7,500 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to help launch LEAD Academy, a year-long leadership-development program for women attorneys.

    The Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation’s LEAD Academy was born out of a desire to combat the attrition of women in the legal profession.  The program’s Steering Committee has spent three years developing the program, which aims to assist women attorneys in attaining the highest level of success in their firms and organizations, their communities, and the legal profession by teaching class members to lead in a way that is authentic and effective; empower themselves with self-awareness and self-confidence; advance in their firms or organizations; and develop robust professional networks.

    “We are incredibly thankful for this generous grant from the Texas Bar Foundation, which will allow us to give women attorneys a unique opportunity to grow professionally and personally,” said LEAD Director Tiffanie Clausewitz.  “LEAD will also benefit our San Antonio community by enhancing the ethical and professional practice of law, and by developing strong community leaders.”

    The Academy will begin with a two-day symposium in February 2017, followed by quarterly seminars and a graduation celebration in December 2017. Faculty for the symposium and seminars is made up of local, statewide, and national speakers, who will educate class members on a wide-range of topics.  Class members are chosen based on their accomplishments in the legal community and demonstrated potential to become leaders. 

    The members of LEAD Academy’s 2017 inaugural class are:

    • ·         Lara Brock, Espinoza Law Firm, PLLC
    • ·         Stephanie Curette, Hornberger Fuller & Garza Incorporated
    • ·         Ashley Senary Dahlberg, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
    • ·         Jane Ann Fosson, Schmoyer Reinhard LLP
    • ·         Vanessa Hernandez Kemmy, Frost Bank
    • ·         Rebecca Magee, Haynes and Boone, LLP
    • ·         Cassie Matheson, Hornberger Fuller & Garza Incorporated
    • ·         Mary Lisa Mireles, Rosenblatt Law Firm
    • ·         Patti Oviatt, Cokinos, Bosien & Young
    • ·         Lindsay Riley, Dykema Cox Smith
    • ·         Christine Rudy, Tessmer Law Firm PLLC
    • ·         Vanessa Russell-Evans, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union
    • ·         Shavonne Smith, Thornton, Biechlin, Reynolds & Guerra, L.C.
    • ·         Nada Ismail Taha, NuStar Energy L.P.
    • ·         Kayla Tanner, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
    • ·         Dannick Villaseñor-Hernandez, Plunkett & Griesenbeck, Inc.

    Congratulations to these outstanding women, from whom the Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation expects to see great things in the coming year and well beyond. 

    Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to law-related programs.  Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation. 

    For more information, or to partner with Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation’s LEAD Academy, please contact LEAD Director Tiffanie Clausewitz at tiffanie@rosenblattlawfirm.com or 210-562-2900.


  • Monday, September 12, 2016 1:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Bexar County Women's Bar Foundation has released the application for the inaugural LEAD Academy class!  The LEAD Academy is a leadership-development program born out of a desire to assist women attorneys in attaining the highest level of success in their firms and organizations, in their communities, and in the legal profession.  The LEAD Academy aims to achieve this goal by teaching participants to: Lead in a way that is authentic and effective; Empower themselves with self-awareness and self-confidence; Advance in their firms or organizations; and Develop robust professional networks. 

    The LEAD Academy will begin with a two-day symposium, followed by quarterly seminars and a graduation celebration.  Faculty for the symposium and seminars include local and national experts on wide-ranging topics detailed on our program page.  In addition to instructional time, each session will include interactive workshops to allow participants to apply the learning to their specific practices.

    Women attorneys selected for participation in the LEAD Academy must be members of the State Bar of Texas with approximately three to eight years of experience (variations in length of experience will be considered); aspire to lead and have the demonstrated potential to become leaders; and want to serve their communities and the profession and be committed to the promotion of women in the legal profession. 

    If you fit this description or know someone else who does, visit the Lead Academy page for more information and to download an application packet; all application materials must be received by October 31, 2016.  Please contact Tiffanie Clausewitz, LEAD Academy Director at tiffanie@rosenblattlawfirm.com with any questions!

  • Friday, September 09, 2016 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


  • Friday, September 09, 2016 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This year's Women in Medicine and Law For the Cure® Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016. "Women In Medicine and Law For the Cure® is a grassroots organization founded in 2004, bringing women in these two noble professions together for the purpose of philanthropy and fellowship.  The sentinel event of the year is the 'Women in Medicine and Law Dinner' that raises money to help find a cure for breast cancer.  All the work of the event is done by volunteers and all the costs are underwritten by various corporate and individual sponsors so that 100% of the donors' contributions are forwarded to Susan G. Komen® in the form of a restricted grant to be used for medical research to find a cure." Through the years, Women in Medicine and Law has been able to raise over $1,500,000 and is well on their way to $2,000,000!

    For more information visit sma.org/womeninmedicineandlaw/


  • Friday, September 09, 2016 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Association of Corporate Counsel's South/Central Texas Chapter will present its 19th Annual Ethics And Compliance musical parody "Chicago" with highlights from ethics issues from today's headlines set in the 1920's with flappers, gangsters and "all that jazz."  All licensed professionals will benefit from the edutainment event. Shows are Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 7. Group discounts and sponsorships available by calling ACC at (210) 723-8769 or online at ethicsfollies.com.  





  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bexar County Women's Bar Foundation is excited to host the 2016 Autumn Affair at the Pearl Stable on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. This year, the Autumn Affair will celebrate the careers of three pioneering women jurists from Bexar County - Carol Haberman Knight-Sheen, Rose Spector, and Carolyn Spears Peterson - and raise money for two deserving organizations - the Children's Shelter and Deborah's House.  The event will feature a live auction, silent auction, raffle, and other mystery prizes.  

    With this exciting programming and our new venue, we expect record demand for table sponsorship again this year! 

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2016 5:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Defense Counsel of San Antonio is hosting its year-end happy hour where it will be endorsing judicial candidates.  The event is October 11, 2016 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Club Giraud.  

  • Tuesday, August 02, 2016 1:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The State Bar of Texas recently honored exceptional service to the public and the legal profession during its Annual Meeting.  BCWB Member, Sara Dysart, was among those being honored.  She received the President's Award for her continued work as an active intermediary between the State Bar of Texas and the local legal community.  Congratulations, Sara!


  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Until Proven Innocent: The Hannah Overton Story will be shown at the San Antonio Downtown Central Library on June 15 at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $10.00 and the proceeds will go to Hannah Overton’s charity.  Syndeo Ministries, which helps women re-entering society from prison.  Ms. Overton will be at the screening and will take questions afterward.  Parking at the library is free for 3 hours. 

    There is a second screening on Saturday, June 18 at 4:30pm at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center – parking is free.  Ms. Overton will be at the screening and will take questions afterward.  

    For more information, visit:

    https://www.facebook.com/UntilProvenInnocent/


  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This month, BCWB is bringing you two great opportunities to connect with other members over lunch.  

    CLE LUNCHEON:  Please join us on June 14 at Club Giraud to welcome Lisa Davis.  Lisa has more than 15 years of experience advising on the laws and regulations that govern the health care industry, and has specialized expertise in the legal and regulatory constraints on the drug and device supply chain.

    Americans are abusing prescription drugs more than any other drug, except marijuana and alcohol, and manufacturer sales of prescription pain killers have increased four-fold since 1999.   Meanwhile, the annual cost of opioid abuse exceeds $72 billion - surpassing the costs of treating asthma and HIV.  Collectively, these trends indicate a time of crisis in our healthcare delivery system that impacts all of us.  This presentation will explore the federal and state legal constructs that purport to control dissemination of prescription opioids and discuss pending legislation aimed at improving existing systems.    .75 CLE Hours Approved

    Club Giraud has asked that we provide a headcount well in advance of the luncheon, so please RSVP by Thursday, June 9 by clicking here.  You can now register and pay online!  Please include any dietary restrictions in your RSVP.  We understand that schedules change, but we cannot guarantee a spot to individuals who do not RSVP by the date above.  Walk-ins will be charged $35 to cover the additional demands on Club Giraud’s staff and no-shows will be billed.

    For more information, contact Rachel Skinner (rskinner@dykema.com) or Meagan McKeown (mmckeown@dykema.com).

    AROUND TOWN LUNCH: Join Brittany Weil for an informal lunch at Cured in the Pearl Brewery on Thursday, June 30 at 12:00 pm.  Come to chat, catch up, and reconnect over great food.  No need to RSVP, just look for Brittany.  


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