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