July 16, 2018

Law: A Tradition of Service

The Austin Bar Association/AYLA Leadership Academy Class of 2018 Invites You to View – Law: A Tradition of Service.

Each year, a small group of  Austin lawyers are admitted to the Austin Bar/AYLA Leadership Academy and tasked with a law-related community service project. The 2018 class elected to create a short documentary titled Law: A Tradition of Service. This video documents and preserves landmark legal and societal contributions of various Central Texas lawyers with the goal of inspiring young people to participate in the practice of law and increase their civil engagement. The video shows one-on-one interviews with inspiring attorneys, judges, and community leaders such as:

  • The Honorable Robert Pitman,
  • Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson,
  • Sarah Weddington
  • The Honorable Lora Livingston,
  • Senator Kirk Watson,
  • Berry Crowley,
  • Frank King, and
  • Dirk Jordan.

Viewers can get their first glimpse of the video at the Austin Bar’s Celebrating 125 Years event being held on August 29 at the Austin Central Library’s Special Event Center.  The cocktail reception will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The video will also be preserved by the History & Traditions Committee of the Austin Bar Association to further preserve our community’s contributions to the legal world in a way that only oral history and storytelling can capture. The video will be available at vimeo.com/austinbar, and can be used by debate teams, mock trial teams, at local bar events, etc.  More information on how to access the video will be available upon its completion.