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  • 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

  • Tuesday, March 08, 2016 11:01 AM | Anonymous
    ... Today is International Women's Day? It popped up on my Facebook feed the other day - a friend attending San Antonio's march downtown - and I had to admit that I had did not know the purpose or background of the day. Was this another "Hallmark" created day or is there something more there? (I should probably be embarrassed to admit my lack of knowledge on the topic!). So I went digging.

    The first national women's day was celebrated in 1909 in the United States. The movement began to spread globally in 1911, but not celebrated by the United Nations until 1975. As a person entering this world in the last weeks of the 1970s, I've grown up with the idea that I may be treated slightly differently, but that my generation has a greater sense of parity with men.

    Apparently, I'm not alone in this feeling. The International Women's Day website reports:  "Many from a younger generation may feel that 'all the battles have been won for women' while many feminists from the 1970's know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy." In fact, the World Economic Forum estimates the gender gap won't close entirely until 2133.   Did that stop you in your tracks?  I will likely have great-great grandchildren before women get paid the same wage for work as men.  

    With that in mind, this year's IWD theme is #PledgeforParity. They ask women and men to pledge to (1) help women and girls achieve their ambitions; (2) challenge conscious and unconscious bias; (3) call for gender balanced leadership; (4) value women's and men's contributions equally; and (5) create inclusive, flexible cultures.

    I'm making my pledge to continue BCWB's legacy of working to help women and and girls achieve their ambitions. I'm so proud of the work this organization has done and continues to do in reshaping our environment. 

    It feels so fitting that 2016 will be our year to launch LEAD (Don't know what LEAD is? Look a few posts back!).  I hope you will join me in #PledgeforParity.

  • Friday, February 19, 2016 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    This year’s Retreat is scheduled for June 9th and 10th, and we’ll be escaping to the charm, slightly lower temps and peace of Boerne and its historic hotel, Ye Kendall Inn.

    And we would LOVE your help in tailoring this year’s program so that it addresses those thorny, rascally, challenging, and inspiring issues you face in your practice, especially as a woman in a dynamic (and still pretty male-dominated) profession.  We are calling these topics your “Boerne-ing” (pronounced:  burn-ing) Questions.

    So … please email Judge Renee Yanta (renee.yanta@bexar.org), Leslie Hyman (lhyman@pulmanlaw.com), and/or Laurie Weiss (lweiss@grandecom.net) your “Boerne-ing” Question—the topics/issue you would really love to have fleshed out, discussed, and CREATIVE and HELPFUL tips.  And if you want to remain anonymous, just put that issue in an envelope and slip the envelope under Shirley’s door (she’s the clerk of the 150th—second floor of the old courthouse)). 

    Write quickly (!!!) (please send us your submission by March 2nd) because we’ll review all  submissions and, using your “Boerne-ing” Questions, we’ll create the program and tap just the PERFECT speakers!!!   And we need to get busy!!!!

    Thanks so much—and we are counting down the days to June 9th!!!!!

  • Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:36 AM | Anonymous

    The Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation’s LEAD Academy was born out of a desire to assist women attorneys in attaining the highest levels of success in their firms and organizations, their communities, and the legal profession.  The Academy aims to achieve this goal 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. 

    Plans are underway to conduct the first LEAD Academy session, which will consist of a retreat and quarterly seminars, plus networking and mentoring opportunities, in 2017.  Look out for our official announcement and application release later this year! 

    Questions?  Contact LEAD Academy Steering Committee Chair Tiffanie Clausewitz at tiffanie@rosenblattlawfirm.com.

  • Thursday, February 04, 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last May President Obama nominated our member, Elizabeth Copeland, for a Federal judicial position on the United States Tax Court in Washington, DC.  As part of the confirmation process, she will have a hearing before the US Senate Committee on Finance this Thursday beginning at 10:00 am Eastern Time (9:00 am Central).  The hearing will be video broadcast live on the Committee's website and can be watched at a later date.  Below is the link:


    There are 4 nominees scheduled for hearings that day; 2 administration nominees and 2 Tax Court nominees.  Elizabeth is third on the list.  Sometime after the hearing, the Committee will vote on her, and if that's positive, then her nomination will go to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.  The process will take some time, but we are excited for Elizabeth and for our organization during this historic process.

  • Thursday, January 28, 2016 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    We'd like to extend our congratulations to our members who were elected to the 2016 San Antonio Bar Foundation Fellows. 

    Nancy Belinsky, San Antonio Water System

    Justice Luz Elena Chapa, Fourth Court of Appeals

    Tiffanie Clausewitz, Rosenblatt Law Firm

    Marissa Helm, Parallon Business Performance Group

    Judge Lisa Jarrett

    Justice Rebeca Martinez, Fourth Court of Appeals

    Aida Rojas, Law Office of Aida Rojas

    The SABF Fellows are a group of friends who serve as patrons of the charitable heart of the legal community. Together, these elected members make a difference in expanding civics education, filling the gap for access to justice and supporting the pipeline of future leaders in the San Antonio legal family. Fellows of the SABF are selected for their professional achievements and their commitment to the legal community. 

    Congratulations to our elected Members!

  • Thursday, January 28, 2016 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    The characteristics PEARLS develops:

    Preparation Esteem Achievement Resiliency Learning Strength and Stamina 

    In 2015, after many years envisioning such a program, Judge Renée Yanta, the Bexar County Civil District and Children's Courts, and Girls Inc. of San Antonio launched a PEARLS—also called Girls Court. The vision of PEARLS is to invest in teen girls who have been placed in Foster Care, helping them value their whole selves and their inherent strengths. Our goal is to enable these special Girls to become accomplished women, role models, and leaders, creating positive change by providing girls with opportunities to develop their potential to lead healthy, educated, and successful lives. 

    PEARLS meets two times per month during the program year, which generally runs from August until May. Our services address factors often affecting teen girls in Foster Care: trauma, life skills training, alternative education and vocational training, mental health treatment, resiliency and self-esteem building, mentoring and strengthening families, and domestic violence, teen pregnancy, and substance abuse prevention. 

    It is essentially that PEARLS not be simply a court-based program. To reach these girls and make a difference, we feel it is important to break down barriers - both physical and mental -  in the girls' lives. We do that by engaging in Quarterly Days of Opportunity and Quarterly Days of Service. On Days of Opportunity, PEARLS hosts off-site events, focusing on introducing our Girls to new experiences and opportunities. On Days of Service, each Girl is required to invest in her community, to expand and inspire her to greater service. PEARLS coordinates the Days of Service. 

    We celebrate the end of the PEARLS  Program year with a festive graduation event, honoring each of the Girl's accomplishments. We welcome and encourage our graduates to become peer mentors for the next PEARLS Class. 

    We are so proud of the work we are doing, but we know there are so many more teen girls who can be helped by the program.  If you would like more information, please contact Judge Renée Yanta, Barbara Schafer, or Lea Rosenauer

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