Texas Women Lawyers is excited to announce our 2024 Speaker line-up for our Annual Meeting and CLE on Friday, April 26th at the Houston Westin Galleria.

Ann Al-Bahish – Senior Corporate Counsel – HSE – CITGO
Leadership, Mentoring and Transformative Pro Bono Programs

Through the lens of a multi-faceted case study of a pro bono capital matter, this session will explore how private law firms and government and public service attorneys can effectively collaborate to provide effective legal service for the underserved. The session will discuss the legal and ethical issues associated with collaboration, and the potential for collaboration to improve law practice management, promote leadership, create diverse mentorship opportunities and foster deeper empathy across different types of law practices within the profession. Beyond the case study, the session will discuss how lawyers can use their skills and talents creatively to be ethical “influencers” who make an impact.

MCLE Credit: . 75

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Clarissa Benavides – Managing Counsel, Privacy, AI & Cybersecurity, Toyota
“Key Legal Considerations regarding AI and Privacy”

The discussion will focus on emerging issues in AI and Privacy, specifically overview of the law(s) and best practice. In addition, insights on responsible governance and lessons learned will be shared.

MCLE Credit: 1.0

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Melanie Bragg – Lawyer/mediator, author, coach and TLAP committee – State Bar
How the Practice of Gratitude Bolsters your Duty of Competency

Let’s reframe the conversation around well-being! This interactive program will provide practical tips, tools, and tricks aimed at bolstering your ethical duty of competence to clients. The session will highlight how to cultivate a practice of gratitude, how to focus on energy management versus time management, and how to enrich your day-to-day life with a consistent and customized mindfulness practice. You will not only go deeper in your connection to yourself but also to the others you work with during the program. A guided imagery exercise, breathing techniques and a short meditation are included.

MCLE Credit: 1.0
Ethics credit: .1.0

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Justice Amparo Monique Guerra – First District Court of Appeals
“Diversity as a superpower: Why including well-qualified individuals with diverse perspectives on your legal team enhances your law practice.”

This presentation will provide a brief history of affirmative action, its intended purpose, its treatment by the courts, and the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion policies. It will also cover (1) current demographics in the legal profession, (2) why diversifying your legal team enhances your team intrinsically and makes your team more attractive to clients, and (3) how the bench and bar are diversifying the profession.

MCLE Credit: .75

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Justice Chari Kelly – Texas Third Court of Appeals
What to Do When Your 5-Year Plan Falls Apart: How to Successfully Navigate Legal Career Changes

A discussion on leadership, resiliency, lawyer well-being, and professionalism based on the experience of a sitting intermediate Texas appellate justice. Justice Chari Kelly will discuss how to navigate career path changes, including how to transition from one legal field to another and how to search for new opportunities for leadership, as well as her own path to the bench.

MCLE Credit: .75

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Elizabeth McCormick – Black Hawk Helicopter pilot and Chief Warrant Officer
for the U.S. Army, Congressional Veteran Commendation & professional speaker

“YOU. In the PILOT’s Seat”
This one-of-a-kind presentation will re-energize YOU to be more present, focused, and motivated in your work and lives. Through a unique, interactive experience, Former US Army Motivational Speaker and Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot Elizabeth will SHIFT your paradigms, resetting your leadership mindset and driving a higher level of performance and results.

MCLE Credit: 1.0

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Judge Audrey Moorehead – Dallas County Criminal Courts #3
Empowering the Invisible: The Rules and Reality

While the ethics rules of most jurisdictions prohibit discriminatory conduct in the practice of law, in most cases, these rules do not prohibit or sanction discrimination in the business of law, i.e. recruiting, hiring, promotion, or other employment practices. This discussion will focus on the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and strategies to advance women in the legal profession.

MCLE Credit: .5
Ethics credit: .5

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Cindy Tisdale – President, State Bar of Texas
President’s Update: State Bar News & Resources

Join 2023-2024 State Bar of Texas President Cindy Tisdale as she discusses her plans and goals for the year and surveys State Bar programs that assist lawyers in their practices. This CLE presentation will equip lawyers with practical tips and resources for managing their offices, maintaining their fitness to practice law by improving their well-being, and increasing ethics and civility in the legal profession.

MCLE Credit: 1.0
Ethics credit: .1.0