Austin Bar Association
816 Congress Avenue, Suite 700
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 473-2720
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4th Annual AYLA Runway For Justice

The Austin Young Lawyers Association fashion show will return on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 6 p.m. at 800 Congress Ave.!

The show features both male and female attorney models strutting their stuff to highlight local designers, jewelry, and accessories to benefit the AYLA Foundation and the Women’s Resource Fair.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 20 | 9:30am

Judge Byrne Free CLE Series

Topic: Two Part Training on the Cost and Treatment of Opiate Use Disorder Speakers: Mark Kinzly, Brandee Brown SCHEDULE: Part I: Preventing Opiate Overdose –…

  • Center for Child Protection,
    8509 FM 969, Building 1, Lexus Room
  • | 4 CLE credit hours


Tuesday, February 20 | 12:00pm

Civil Litigation Section CLE

Topic: Ethics and Professional Responsibility – When You Should Counsel Your Client to Get a New Attorney Speaker: Sam Johnson, Scott, Douglass & McConnico Discussion…

  • Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody.,
    401 Congress Ave., Suite 2200
  • $15 for members | 1 CLE credit hour


Wednesday, February 21 | 12:00pm

Administrative Law Section CLE

Topic: Significant Texas Supreme Court Administrative Law Cases Speaker: Karen Watkins, Assistant Attorney General Assistant Attorney General Karen Watkins will provide a review of the…

  • Austin Bar Association – Seminar Room,
    816 Congress Ave., Suite 700
  • $20 for members | 1 CLE credit hour

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Wednesday, February 21 | 12:00pm

Entertainment & Sports Law Section CLE

Topic: The Proposed Music Modernization Act (HR 4706) Speakers: Chris Castle, Christian L. Castle The CLE will inform attorneys about the impact of expanded compulsory…

  • Austin Bar Association – Longhorn Room,
    816 Congress 3rd Floor
  • | 1 CLE credit hour


Wednesday, February 21 | 5:30pm

TCWLA Judicial Reception

The annual judicial reception will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the historic Driskill Hotel. The event…

  • Driskill Hotel,
    604 Brazos Street
  • $25 for members

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Thursday, February 22 | 12:00pm

Solo Small Firm Section CLE

Topic: What Every Lawyer Should Know About Collections: a Roadmap Speaker: Charles Ruesink This CLE will educate attorneys on practical tips that they can easily…

  • Austin Bar Association – Seminar Room,
    816 Congress Ave., Suite 700
  • $10 for members | .75 CLE credit hours

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member spotlight: blair leake

How long have you been a member of the Austin Bar and what is your favorite thing about the organization?

I joined the Austin Bar and AYLA when I moved back to Austin in early 2016. Before that, I was actively involved in a local bar association in North Texas where I previously practiced.

My favorite thing about the Austin Bar and AYLA are the various events where we get to meet and spend time with other attorneys in settings that are not adversarial. It’s easy to get caught up in the litigation process. The social opportunities provided by the Bar help remind us that behind the zealous advocacy for our clients we’re all just real people with interests and lives outside of the law.

What do you like most about being in the legal field?

I enjoy the opportunity to stand up and advocate for people and businesses, whether at trial or otherwise. Sometimes you’re tasked with tough case facts, but it still feels rewarding even in those situations to at least know that you did your best to make sure your client came out the other end better than they would have without your help.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of Blair’s Q & A.

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 Kelli Horan.

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