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LEAD Academy Receives Texas Bar Foundation Grant; Inaugural Class Selected

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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.


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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