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Austin, TX 78701
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Austin Bar foundation gala

Tickets are on sale for the 13th annual Austin Bar Foundation Gala, with the theme, "Fire and Ice." The Gala will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Click here to purchase your tickets before they sell out.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, November 30 | 5:00pm

Deadline for Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court Applications

The Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court is currently accepting applications for admission for the 2016-17 year. Applications are open for all attorneys and judges…

    Wednesday, December 2 | 12:00pm

    Labor & Employment Law Section CLE

    Topic: Observations From A Year on the Federal Bench Speaker: Honorable Robert Pitman, District Court for the Western District of Texas The Honorable Robert Pitman…

    • Sullivan’s,
      300 Colorado, Suite 200
    • $30 for members | 1 CLE credit hour


    Wednesday, December 2 | 4:00pm

    Civil Litigation Law Section Holiday Party & CLE

    Topic: Holiday Ethics Panel: Wine and War Stories Speakers: The Honorable Lee Yeakel, Jim George, David Gonzales, Shannon Ratliff Join the Civil Litigation Section to celebrate the holiday…

    • Jackson Walker,
      100 Congress Ave., Suite 1100
    • Free Event | 1.5 CLE credit hours

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    Wednesday, December 2 | 5:30pm

    Family Law Section CLE

    Topic: Strategies for Handling Difficult Witnesses Speaker: Claude Ducloux Join the Family Law Section at their last function of the year! RSVP here. To pay by…

    • Green Pastures Restaurant,
      811 W. Live Oak
    • $45 for members | 1 CLE credit hour

    Thursday, December 3 | 11:30am

    Environmental Law Section CLE

    Topic: Sage Grouse and Prairie Chickens: Harbingers of a New Policy Approach for Species Protection? Speaker: Melinda Taylor, Senior Lecturer and Executive Director of the…

    • Austin Bar Association,
      816 Congress Ave., Suite 700
    • $15.00 for members | 1 CLE credit hour


    Thursday, December 3 | 11:30am

    TYLA: Breaking the Silence Panel with Ethics CLE Credit

    Join the Texas Young Lawyers Association for a panel discussion about substance abuse and mental illness to be moderated by retired Chief Justice Woodie Jones. Panelists:…

    • State Bar of Texas,
      1414 Colorado St.
    • | 1 CLE credit hour

    Featured Video

    Member Spotlight

    Meet Austin Bar Member, Claire McGuinness.

    How long have you been a member of the Austin Bar and what is your favorite thing about the organization?
    I’ve been a member of the Austin Bar for a few years. I like that the Austin Bar brings the local legal community together and offers so many opportunities to learn about various practice areas and give back to the community. 

    What do you like most about being in the legal field?
    I like that it provides an opportunity to have a meaningful impact on people’s lives and the community in general. As an attorney at the Texas Department of Transportation, I’ve helped to negotiate agreements for transportation projects that will help communities develop and grow and will be around for generations.  

    If you weren’t a lawyer what would you be?
    I’d be a travel guidebook writer. I love to travel.

    What’s the craziest job (other than lawyer) that you’ve had?
    I spent a summer working at an amusement park making funnel cakes. It was a lot of fun and I had the art of making funnel cakes perfected by the end of the summer.     

    To view the entire member spotlight, click here.

    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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