December 2, 2015

Member Spotlight: Meet Kelley Dwyer

How long have you been a member of the Austin Bar and what is your favorite thing about the organization?
I have been an Austin Bar member since the moment I was admitted to the Texas Bar. My favorite part of the organization is the deep commitment the Bar has to serving the community — especially those who are vulnerable and need our help the most. kelley dwyer

What do you like most about being in the legal field?
I like that we have the education and training to think about issues from different points of view. At its best, I believe this skill promotes empathy for others.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you be?
If there weren’t bills to pay, I would probably be over at Austin Animal Center volunteering all of the time. Helping care for homeless animals through their transition from hey-how-did-I-end-up-at-the-shelter to a forever loving home is one of the most rewarding parts of my life.

What’s the craziest job (other than lawyer) that you’ve had?
I have been working since I was 10 — so I have had a lot of crazy jobs. I have done everything from cleaning offices to working at a telephone answering service (before there were answering machines and voicemail), to being a dispatcher at a residential treatment facility for troubled youth.

If you were a character in a movie or a TV show, which character would you be?
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, because she is so resilient. She manages to maintain a positive attitude and remain kind in an often unkind world.

As part of the #austinbarinaction campaign, how are you making your world a better place to be?
I am the Chair of the Austin Bar Animal Law Section and we do a lot of amazing things. In addition to holding CLEs in this emerging area of substantive law, we have quarterly dog walking volunteer mornings at Austin Animal Center. We also hold an annual information fair that is open to the public where we connect the largest local shelters/animal welfare organizations with members of the public who want to learn more about how to help local animals by donating, volunteering, fostering, or adopting.