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The Influencers: The All-Woman Texas Supreme Court

Being a Texan (non-native, but proud nevertheless), I love tales of interesting episodes in Texas history. There are many, but one of my favorites tells of what may be the most unusual state supreme court ever.   The events in our story occurred almost a hundred years ago. At that time, the Supreme Court of Texas consisted of a chief justice and two associate justices. You will be forgiven if you assume that in 1924 and 1925 all three sitting justices were male. This fact would come to pose a problem for the governor and the court.  At the time, fraternal organizations were…

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The Influencers: America’s First Woman Lawyer?

Who was the first woman lawyer in America? Was it a woman who bucked tradition in the heavily male-dominated American Colonies? How about a woman who studied law not in the powerhouse commercial centers of the East, but the American Heartland after the Civil War? Or the woman who took the denial of her bar application to the US Supreme Court?  History tells us that lawyers have been plying their trade since the days of ancient Rome and Greece. But history also tells us that those were male lawyers. From what we know, there were no female lawyers in America…

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The Influencers: America’s Pioneering Women Law Students

The Law.com headline of January 21, 2020, read, “Women Hold Editor-in-Chief Positions at the 16 Most Elite Law Reviews.” It made me smile. I’ve been practicing a long time - close to 30 years. And while women have not been particularly rare in the profession during my tenure, the struggles have been real. Many women still in the profession today can recount the difficulties they encountered convincing law firms they were capable of handling the rigors of a practice. Many women today continue to face issues of inclusion, equal pay, and sexual harassment.  As difficult as those issues have been for…

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The New Serenity Prayer

The New Serenity Prayer My Mom gave me the best career advice I ever received, and I always thought it would be a nice take on the famous Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to lean in when it counts, to chill when it doesn’t, and the wisdom to know the difference. The college-bound tract at my small Catholic high school had a progression of classes that all the “smart” kids took, like freshman algebra, sophomore geometry, junior algebra II, and senior calculus. For my fellow tract-mates, arriving at calculus was as certain as Wednesday chapel or fish on…

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