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Austin, TX 78701
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Happening This month

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If you are a current member of the Austin Bar or ACDLA, you should have received an email from with a link to the Preference Poll on Feb. 1. If you didn't receive the email, please check your spam filter. If you still can't locate the email, please contact the Bar office.

The Preference Poll will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. The poll includes judicial candidates as well as candidates running for District Attorney and Sheriff. Click here for more details.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, February 8 | 1:30pm

Free Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans

The Austin Bar Association offers free legal advice to military veterans and their families on a monthly basis at the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic. Attorney…

  • Austin VA Outpatient Clinic,
    7901 Metropolis Drive

Tuesday, February 9 | 7:00am

Real Estate Law Section CLE

Topic: Developments in Real Estate Title Matters – Sex, Death and More Speaker: John Bruce, Heritage Title Company |Brian Rider, Schlosser Development Corporation  

  • UT Club,
    2108 Robert Dedman Dr.
  • Free Event | 1 CLE credit hour


Tuesday, February 9 | 8:00am

USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute

All Austin Bar members are invited to the 2016 USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute in Santa Monica, California. Click here for a…

  • Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows,
    101 Wilshire Boulevard
  • $699 for members | 7.5 CLE credit hours

Tuesday, February 9 | 12:00pm

Judge Byrne’s Free CLE Series

Topic: Resourcing Daycare Options for Children in Care Speaker: Monica T. Knighton, Regional Operations Support Administrator for Child Protective Services with Texas Department of Family & Protective…

  • Heman Marion Sweatt Courthouse,
    1000 Guadalupe
  • Free Event | 1 CLE credit hour

Wednesday, February 10 | 12:00am

Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Section CLE

Topic: Legal Risks and Real World Impacts of EPA’s Clean Power Plan Speaker: Mike Nasi, Partner, Jackson Walker Environmental and Legislative Affairs Practice Group Mr. Nasi will…

  • Austin Bar Association,
    816 Congress Ave., Suite 700
  • $13.00 for members | 1 CLE credit hour


Wednesday, February 10 | 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

 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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