COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, AND RECOGNITION LAW LEGAL HONORS & AWARDS

• Extraordinary Women in the Law – November 2008

• One of the Best Fifty (50) Lawyers in Texas – General Counsel Forum and Texas Lawyer

• H Texas Magazine's Top Lawyers June 2007

• Most Influential African American in Texas 2007

• Highest Legal Rating – AV Rating - Peer Review Rating and Ranking - Martindale Hubbell

• One of the Best Lawyers in the State of Texas – General Counsels Forum and Texas Lawyer

• 2004 – 2007 Texas Super Lawyer – Texas Monthly Magazine and Law & Politics Features

• 2005 – The Honorable Sarah T. Hughes Award – The State Bar of Texas - By Women In the Law

• 2004 Rainbow maker Award recipient– Mentoring, Promoting, and Placement of Students (Minority Corporate Counsel Association)

• Fellow and Member of the American Law Institute (“ALI”) – Elected by Council of American Law Institute (October 24, 2003)

• 2003-2004 – Robert Hainsworth Outstanding Service Award – Houston Lawyer Association

HOUSTON BAR ASSOCIATION

• Profile in Professionalism feature – Jan-Feb 2004 – Houston Lawyer – Houston Bar Association

• Houston Bar Association – Featured in November/December 2002 – Panelist on Volunteerism / Community Partners

• 2004 Co-chair – Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession – Summer Internship Program for First-year law students – Houston Bar Association

• Co-chair – HBA?s Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession (“MOLP”) – helping minorities to find internship positions with law firms and corporate law departments. (2001-2003)

• May 23, 2002 – Houston Bar Association – Opportunities For Minorities in Law – President’s Award – Exemplary Service

• Houston Bar Association – co-chair – Minority Opportunities for Minorities in the Legal Profession (MOLP), Summer Internship, Mentoring, and obtaining placement for law students from Thurgood Marshall School of Law (1997- present)

• Panelist – Houston Bar Association & Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee – The Second Annual Summer Associate Luncheon (June 8, 2000)

• Houston Bar Association - Committee Chair - Lawyers in Public Schools (1998-1999)


STATE BAR OF TEXAS

• Appointed committee member of Suing and Defending Financial Institution – 2010-2011

• Women in the law committee member

• Co-author of the inaugural research on hiring and retention of women and minority in Texas – 2006-2008

• Texas Minority Counsel Program Member 2002-2009

• Elected - Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas; Vice Chair of Finance and Audit; Corporate Counsel Board Advisor; Executive Director Search Committee, Chair, Ad Hoc Committee for the Selection of Minority Candidates; Immigration & Naturalization (2003-present)

• Nominated - Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas (2002-2003)- replacing Andy Hanen who became federal judge

• Panelist and Speaker – The State Bar of Texas -Texas Minority Counsel Program (“TMCP”) – September 20-21, 2001


MENTORING AND COACHING

• Creative resolution and restructuring of Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession (“MOLP”), creating opportunities for minority first-year law students at the University of Houston Law Center, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and South Texas College of Law. Active chair, co-chair, and member and co-creator of the Annual MOLP Luncheon (1997-present)

• 2004 Rainbow maker Award recipient– Mentoring, Promoting, and Placement of Students (Minority Corporate Counsel Association)

• Summer 2002 – Mentoring and having Internships with three law students from University of Houston School of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and South Texas College of Law

• Hiring, coaching, and mentoring lawyers and law students (all three Houston law schools) on a national and international level (1991-present)
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COMMUNITY ARTS & LITERACY

• Inprint Houston – long-standing participation, including Board of Director, Executive Board, and co-chair/member Board Affairs, Committees, Sponsor, Finance Committee, Outreach, and Education (current)

• Cultural Arts Council of Houston & Harris County (CACHH), Board Member

• Mayor’s Transition Team for the Cultural Arts Council Houston and Harris County

• Chair of The African American Art Advisory Association of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

• Ensemble Theatre Event Chairperson and Fundraiser - Grand Gala Opening of Ensemble
Theatre’s new facility- (September 1997)

• Alley Theatre Board of Directors -- 1997-present

• Alley Theatre’s Executive Board and Vice President of Development and Public Affairs - 2001-2003

• Alley Theatre’s Philanthropic Volunteer Award - Alley Theatre’s Executive Board Member, Vice President of Development – (2001-2002)

• Alley Theatre Ball, Eve of Elegance (May 1998) – Ball Committee Member, Education and Outreach

• Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts, Board Member, helping struggling artists with legal structure (articles of incorporation, bylaws, etc.) (1990-2002)

• Houston Ballet’s Guild -- The Nutcracker Market (Sponsor and Committee) -- 1996

• Houston Chronicle’s Book & Author -- 1996 –2000 and 2004

• Houston Community College-Northeast - Panelist of Student Leadership Forum (Jan „98) School-to-Work Program & Youth build Houston Program

COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON & HARRIS COUNTY

• Board member – Coalition for the homeless for the City of Houston and Harris County

• Coalition for the Homeless for the City of Houston and Harris County – Monetary award given to the Coalition based on my community service to that organization (October 1998)

• Chair and Mistress of Ceremonies - Coalition for the Homeless - Annual Meeting (April 1998)

• Chair - Annual Meeting - Coalition for the Homeless for the City of Houston and Harris County (April 1998)

 

DIVERSITY

• 2004 Rainbow maker Award recipient– Mentoring, Promoting, and Placement of Students (Minority Corporate Counsel Association) – Community and Law

• “Diversity in the Workplace: Maximizing Opportunities in the Corporate Law Environment” – Speaker/presenter at the National Institute for Women Corporate Counsel (November 2002)

• Opportunity for Minority in the Legal Profession – Summer Internship Program and Minority Corporate Counsel Association and The Houston Bar Association’s CLE on Diversity – Creating a Pathway for Diversity (February 2002) (Co-chair - 2001-2002)

EDUCATION

• Education - Founder , Chair , and Host Committee of the State of the School Address with Dr. Rod Paige (February 14, 2000)

• Event Chair (Parent and Community Chair) – State of the School – HISD (February 1999)

• Event Coordinator - State of Schools Address by Superintendent Rod Paige - HISD (March 1998)

HEALTH

• Houston Area Women’s Center Guild, Battered Women-- (1990-2001)

• “Prestige In Service Award” - The Diversified Transitional Women’s Center - focusing on the homeless and battered women (July 1998)

J.P. MORGAN CHASE

• Featured in Diversity & The Bar – Creation of Mentoring Program at JPMorgan Chase and Mentoring Minority Law Students for Houston’s Law Schools

• Diversity - “The Myth of Superwoman: Life Choices and Challenges” Conference – September 19, 2001 (Panelist and Presenter)- Representing JPMorgan Chase

• J. P. MORGAN CHASE Women’s Business Initiative – Dinner Theatre Chair of “Dinner With Friends” – Marketing for, by, and to Women Business Owners - Co-chair and founding member of the Executive & Professional Subcommittee (1997-2001)

• Aids Walk Houston in conjunction with Aids Foundation Houston 2000 – Chase Bank of Texas and Corporate coordination with other Houston Corporations - March 12, 2000, Co-chair

• Chase Global Day of Service (1997-2001) – Team Captain - Building Courtyard, lunch, and reading area for St. James School – Third Ward Houston – Project featured on Channel 2 and Fox 26; Project Chosen by Chase Bank of Texas to be highlighted in “Bankers Hours” (November 1998), landscaping, rebuilding benches for playground, etc.

• “Employee Spotlight” Feature -Chase Bank of Texas, Chase Manhattan Bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank - Bankers? Hours - Extra - Community Services Highlighted (August 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004)

PROFESSIONAL

• Unsung Heroes Award – Saluting our Volunteers - May/June 2002 - Featured on front cover and in the Houston Lawyer (Houston Bar Association) for my volunteer work

• The Downtown Professional Group – Focus: Serving our Community as Professionals - Breakfast Speaker (May 1999)

SEARCH

• SEARCH - Homeless Project – 10-Year Celebration of Service – Involvement with SEARCH since its inception

• SEARCH – promoting search to the religious community - Clergy Breakfast – Chair – (June 1999, 2000)

• SEARCH Homeless Project - Congregational Representative - St. James Episcopal Church

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH & SCHOOL

• Vestry - SJD Leadership (2012-2014)

• Board of Directors of the SJD Episcopal Church Women

• Education - Honored by St. James School for community work and support of the school for over 20 years – Third Ward Houston - April 26, 2002

• Education focus for the poor - Chair – Gala 2000 – Benefiting St. James’ School – Outreach to the poor – Third Ward Houston – April 2000

• Co-founder of Jubilee Homeless Ministry at St. James Episcopal Church – involved with homelessness since 1980

• Jubilee and all that Jazz – Fundraising for the Homeless Ministry in Third Ward– St. James Episcopal and St. John the Divine Episcopal Church

• St. James Episcopal Church -Development Committee – Homeless Project - Contemporary Jazz Service, Dinner, Communion (1996-2003)

• The Spirit of Women Award Recipient – Homeless Project – St. James Episcopal Church – (April 1999)

• Vice President – The Episcopal Church Women – St. James? Episcopal Church (1999-2002)

• Chair, Long Range Planning Subcommittee -- Making a difference in the Inner City -- St. James Episcopal Church/School

• Board Member, The Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Episcopal Foundation of Texas (1986-1989)

• Executive Board – Episcopal Church Women – Diocese of Texas – Chair of Bishop’s Kinsolving Memorial Fund (2000-2003)

Y2K

Y2K Speaker - Austin – Texas Retirement Systems

Y2K Speaker – River Oaks Baptist School

OTHER

Women’s Leadership Forum, National Representative, Co-Chair (Texas Events) Washington, D.C., 1995-2006)

Executive Board of the Women’s Leadership Forum – (1996 – 2000)


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