September 14, 2015

Member Spotlight: Meet Heather Holmes

How long have you been a member of the Austin Bar and what is your favorite thing about the organization? Heather Holmes_2
I have been a member of the Austin Bar for four years. I love the volunteer opportunities that are available through the Austin Bar and I really enjoy meeting all of the great bar members who work in so many different areas of the law. I have met some amazing people who I otherwise would not have had the opportunity of meeting!  

What do you like most about being in the legal field?
There are so many things I like, it’s hard to say what I like the most! I am very grateful that every day I am challenged and get to learn new things. Being in the legal field definitely makes you a lifelong learner. I also like being surrounded at work by people who care about law and justice and who work to do the right thing. I am currently a staff attorney at the Texas Supreme Court and I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with truly brilliant people who challenge me to do my best work. The legal field also impacts so many people in so many ways and it’s an awesome responsibility and honor to have even a small role in making a difference to all the citizens of Texas.    

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you be?
I would love to be a criminal justice professor and do criminal justice policy research … or run a doggy day care. 

What’s the craziest job (other than lawyer) that you’ve had?
One summer in college I was a janitor at a veterinary diagnostic lab. The job involved lots of test tube cleaning. It was definitely my least glamorous job.   

If you were a character in a movie or a TV show, which character would you be?
I admire Catelyn Stark from the early seasons of Game of Thrones. She is strong willed and smart and would do anything for her children.

As part of the #austinbarinaction campaign, how are you making your world a better place to be?
I have been a member of the Adoption Day Committee for the last two years. Adoption Day is an incredible event for incredible and deserving kids and their families. We are still in the planning stages for anyone who wants to volunteer!