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712 W. 16th Street
Austin, TX 78701
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Austin Bar / AYLA Leadership Academy

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When: January through May
Chairs:  Ayeola Williams and Elliott Beck
Judicial Liaison: Judge Karin Crump

The 2021 class project is fundraising for the new Travis County Civil and Family Courts Facility that will open in 2023. They are seeking monetary donations or books, games, and toys to supply the children’s playrooms. The Courthouse already has designs for three separate playrooms based on age for toddlers, kindergarteners, and elementary-aged children. Donations of $100+ will be recognized on the Austin Bar website and donations of $200+ will be also be recognized in the Austin Lawyer magazine.

CLICK HERE to purchase an item directly from an Amazon Wish List. The wish list is set up with an address where the items are to be shipped.  Just complete the checkout process and the items will be shipped to the correct address.  To ensure that donations of $100 or more are publicly acknowledged, please include your name in the gift message and email your receipt to Stephanie Bloomquist at

CLICK HERE to make a monetary donation using a credit card.

You may also donate cash using Venmo (@AustinBar- Foundation) or by check payable to Austin Bar Foundation, mailed to 712 W. 16th Street, Austin, TX 78701 with “Courthouse Children’s Playroom” in the memo line.

Please consider donating by JULY 15, 2021 to help make the children’s playrooms safe and fun spaces for children at the Civil and Family Courts Facility.


The Austin Bar/AYLA Leadership Academy was established to assist Austin-area lawyers in making a difference in our community, serving the Bar, and promoting professional development.

Each year a class of approximately 20-30 members is selected from applications submitted by lawyers of all areas of practice, firm size, and levels of experience.

This year, due to COVID-19, the Leadership Academy will be going virtual. While this is a big change from the old normal, participants can expect the same quality programming and new opportunities for meaningful networking and engagement.

The Leadership Academy includes a mandatory retreat, followed by a series of five mid-day presentations during which participants will network with and enjoy presentations by leaders in public policy, government, the private sector, non-profit organizations, and the Bar. The course culminates with a class project.

CLICK HERE  to apply for the 2021 Leadership Academy Class.  Application deadline is Fri. Dec. 11, 2020.
If you have any questions or issues with the Google application form, please email Ayeola Williams.

There is a $150 administrative/enrollment fee to cover the class materials and administrative fees. Scholarships may be available to those who need assistance.

The video below was produced by the AYLA/Austin Bar Leadership Academy class of 2018 as their class project.

Law: A Profession of Service from Austin Bar Association on Vimeo.

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