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Austin bar preference poll results

Members of the Austin Bar Association and the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association rated 17 candidates in five Travis County races who will appear on the ballot in the March primary. The poll included judicial candidates as well as candidates running for District Attorney and Sheriff.

Click here for more details and to see the results of the poll.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 16 | 12:00pm

Civil Litigation Section CLE

Topic: Is New Federal Rule 37(e) Safe Harbor from Spoliation Claims? Speaker: Reid Wittliff, Managing Member, Wittliff | Cutter, PLLC and President, R3 Digital Forensics, LLC RSVP…

  • McGinnis Lochridge,
    600 Congress Ave. Ste 2100
  • $15 for members | 1 CLE credit hour

Wednesday, February 17 | 8:30am

40-Hour Basic Mediation Training

Mediation Course is a five-day training offered to the general public several times a year. The course is designed to give individuals the skills and credentials…

  • Dispute Resolution Center,
    5407 N. IH-35, Suite 410

Wednesday, February 17 | 12:00pm

Animal Law Section Meeting

  • Law Office of Kelley Dwyer,
    9442 Capital of Texas Highway North

Wednesday, February 17 | 12:00pm

Administrative Law Section CLE

Topic: The Inspector General Model: How Oversight Generates Insight and Improves Foresight Speaker:  Inspector General Stuart Bowen Deadline to RSVP:  Noon, Monday, February 16, 2016

  • Austin Bar Association,
    816 Congress Ave., Suite 700
  • $15 for members | 1 CLE credit hour


Wednesday, February 17 | 6:00pm

TCWLA Judicial Reception

Join the Travis County Women Lawyers Association for an evening of great company, appetizers, beverages, and music to honor the Austin Judiciary. Click here to…

  • Mercury Hall,
    615 Cardinal Lane

Thursday, February 18 | 7:30am

Solos Supporting Solos Meeting

Topic: Knowing the Rules for Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation Speaker: Michael Dobbs, Program Coordinator, Advertising Review Department, State Bar of Texas No RSVP is required.…

  • Cafe Express,
    3418 N Lamar Blvd

 member spotlight: Meet Eleanor ruffner

Member Spotlight: Meet Eleanor Ruffner

What do you like most about being in the legal field?Eleanor Ruffner photo
To be perfectly honest, I love my job most on those days when I get to be right. Lawyers are professionals. We are paid for our professional judgment. As a litigator, you spend time with your client understanding what happened, what solutions work for them, and developing a plan to achieve a workable solution, whether that’s preparing for trial or dispositive hearings, leveraging settlements, or otherwise.  When you get validation – when the judge or factfinder agrees with you, or opposing counsel concedes, or you negotiate to a great resolution – being right feels fantastic.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you be?
I worked for the Ole Miss Athletic Department in college. When I was about to graduate from college, a full-time position on the AD staff opened up in academic support, and I was encouraged to apply. That job would have been a lot of fun.  I adore college football (Ole Miss first, Texas second, Ohio State third because I love my husband), and the work was so enjoyable.

What’s the craziest job (other than lawyer) that you’ve had?
In college I worked for a late-night chicken delivery service. We stayed open one hour after the bars closed and did a lot of business in that one hour. Prior to my employment, this particular chicken delivery service had gained notoriety for being the subject of a SWAT raid. A few employees under not-very-diligent supervision had developed a clever but highly illegal system of using the chicken delivery service to distribute marijuana to some regular customers. N.B.:  I was not a part of this operation and only learned about it after I started work there.

Click here to view the rest of Ruffner’s responses.

The member spotlight is a recurring feature on the Austin Bar website, subject to space availability.  If you are an Austin Bar member and would like to be considered for a spotlight, or if you would like to nominate a member for the spotlight, please contact Britni Rachal.

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