EL PASO, Texas, Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas Women Lawyers ("TWL") is honored to present the TWL 2018 Pathfinder Award to the Honorable Ann C. McClure, Chief Justice of the Eighth Court of Appeals of Texas and the inaugural 2018 Brenda Tso Rising Young Lawyer Award to Erin Nowell at the TWL Annual Meeting and CLE which will be held at The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center on February 16, 2018. TWL is also excited to announce that the keynote speaker will be Professor Margaret Montoya, JD, a pathfinder in her own right, who has been recognized as a pioneering woman in law and is the first Latina admitted to Harvard Law School.
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 McClure is the first female chief justice in the one-hundred-year history of the Eighth Court of Appeals of Texas. She was elected to this court in 1994 and became Chief Justice in 2011. She is also a former member of the Texas Board of Law Examiners, the Task Force on Indigent Defense, the Texas Judicial Council, the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals, the Texas Family Law Specialization Exam Commission, and the Texas Civil Appellate Law Advisory Commission and has held numerous leadership roles in her local and the State Bar. "Chief Justice McClure has a storied professional history of leadership, especially when it comes to ethics and issues affecting women in the legal community," said Krisi Kastl, TWL President-Elect. "On behalf of TWL, we are honored to present this award to this distinguished jurist."
The inaugural Brenda Tso Rising Young Lawyer Award, which recognizes an outstanding young woman lawyer who is actively supporting the mission of Texas Women Lawyers, will be presented to Erin Nowell. Ms. Nowell is a shareholder with Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC ("SGPB") and also serves as the firm's Director of Human Resources. With her efforts in aggressively promoting and hiring female attorneys, nearly half of the associates in SGPB's Dallas office are female. Ms. Nowell also serves on the Texas Trial Lawyers Association Women's Caucus Steering Committee and Diversity Committee and the Dallas Bar Association Minority Participation Committee.
For almost 25 years, TWL has hosted powerful annual programs. This year's program is entitled "Inspire Impact. Be Fierce" with an exciting lineup of speakers. All Texas lawyers are invited to attend. More information on speakers can be found at www.texaswomenlawyers.net. The event is approved for 6 MCLE hours.
SOURCE Texas Women Lawyers