DALLAS, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas Women Lawyers ("TWL") is pleased to announce that the 2017 Texas Women Lawyers Pathfinder Award recipient is the Honorable Carolyn Wright, Chief Justice of the 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas.
The TWL Pathfinder Award is given each year to an individual who has championed the advancement of women in the law and who exemplifies professionalism, leadership, and commitment to the public interest. Chief Justice Wright has held various positions that were historical firsts for women and minorities in Texas, including serving as the first African American to be appointed a Chief Justice of an intermediate court and the first woman to win a multi-county election for any state elected office.
"Throughout her legal career, Chief Justice Wright has blazed her own path," said Lisa Hasday, TWL President-Elect. "TWL is honored to present this award to such a dynamic jurist and community leader."
A Texas judge for more than 30 years with civil, family, criminal, and mediation experience, Chief Justice Wright served as a practicing attorney, Dallas County associate judge, and state district judge before being appointed as a Justice on the Court of Appeals by Governor George W. Bush in 1995.
Currently, Chief Justice Wright leads the largest intermediate court in Texas and one of the busiest courts in the nation. She is a recent inductee into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame and Governor Bush presented her with the Yellow Rose of Texas Award for significant contributions to her community.
Presentation of the 2017 Texas Women Lawyers Pathfinder Award will be at TWL's Annual Meeting and CLE in Dallas on Friday, March 3, 2017. For more than 20 years, TWL has hosted powerful annual programs and this year's program, entitled "Learning to Lead," will be no exception. The speaker line-up includes Charla Aldous, Founder of Aldous Walker LLP, and Bryan Garner, Founder of LawProse. All Texas lawyers are invited to attend. More information can be found at www.texaswomenlawyers.net/home/events/cle.
About Texas Women Lawyers
TWL is an organization committed to the empowerment of women lawyers to achieve full rights, privileges, and responsibilities in the legal profession. Through its network, TWL advocates for the interests of women in the justice system and in society.
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SOURCE Texas Women Lawyers