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  • Thursday, March 01, 2018 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 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

    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!

  • 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:


  • 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.  

  • Tuesday, June 07, 2016 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 8:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following awards were presented immediately prior to the San Antonio Bar Association and SA Bar Foundation's Law Week 2016 luncheon during a private sponsor reception.  Please join the BCWB in congratulating Lindsay Riley and Melina Rodriguez on their awards.  

    Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

    The San Antonio Young  Lawyers Association (SAYLA) Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recognizes one young lawyer who has demonstrated professional proficiency, service to the profession and service to the community.  Lindsay Riley is the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.  She joined the Energy Litigation Group of Cox Smith in August 2013.  Her practice focuses on advising clients with complex litigation matters in the energy, utilities and natural resources sectors.  Lindsay also advises clients with matters related to business and commercial litigation, including all stages of pre-trial and trial work in state and federal court.  She serves the community through her participation in various bar foundations, as well as through pro bono activities and assistance with community programs such as those organized by United Way and SNIPSA.  

    St. Mary's School of Law Single Parent Scholarship 

    The BCWB Foundation annually recognizes a St. Mary's University School of Law student who has the additional responsibilities of a single parent and participates in pro bono work.  Melina Rodriguez is the 2016 recipient of the St. Mary's University School of Law Single Parent Scholarship.  Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Melina dropped out of high school at age 17 to marry and have her first child.  At age 26, armed with her GED and four children, she and her husband moved to Texas. Shortly after, they divorced and Melina decided to focus on higher education.  She graduated form San Antonio College in 2012 and from UTSA in 2014.  Two days after graduation, she started work at a judicial services record company.  Melina is still employed full-time and attends the evening law school program at St. Mary's University. She recently took in another child who was experiencing problems at home.  She welcomes the busy family life of five children between the ages of seven and 17.  Her desire to be of service includes volunteering with pro bono clinics and Ask-A-Lawyer events.  Her heart is in public service and she currently leans toward a career in indigent defense and poverty law.  

    Photo credits: the San Antonio Bar Association 

     From left to right: BCWB President, Katherine Noll; BCWB VP, Greta McFarling; BCWB Secretary, Lindsay Riley; Melina Rodriguez; BCWB Board Member, Leslie Hyman; former BCWB President and SA Bar Association and Foundation Board Member, Christine E. Reinhard; and SABA VP, Beth Watkins. 

    Greta McFarling and Katherine Noll pose with award-recipient, Melina Rodriguez. 

    Marty Truss congratulates Lindsay Riley as SAYLA's Outstanding Young Lawyer

  • Thursday, March 10, 2016 3:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You Don't Have to Be A Golfer.....

    Help support the Rotary Club of San Antonio's Youth Charities by being a part of this year's Rotary Golf Classic.  With your help, Rotary Club of San Antonio can provide a safe place for children to play through Kingdom for Kids and help area college students obtain a college degree through their Youth Education Foundation Scholarship.

    See below for ways that you can support this great event (even if you are not a golfer!) 

    Individual Player

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    • 8 Golfers
    • Two Hole Signs
    • Official Sponsor of the Masters Viewing Party
    • Recognition on Rotary website and at Rotary Meetings.

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    • 4 Golfers
    • One Hole Sign
    • Banner Recognition at Registration
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    Watch the Masters in style after the event at High Velocity!
    High Velocity, puts you right in the action with a 120-foot long media display and monitors galore.  Complimentary Lunch for all Golfers!

    To sign up or sponsor click here

    The Rotary Club of San Antonio Foundation is a non-profit corporation, qualified under
    Section 501(C)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 charitable organizations. 

    For more information about the event, contact the Rotary office
    210-222-8242 X 11

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