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WLS MISSION

The mission of the Women Lawyers Section:
1. Foster communication and mentoring among women lawyers;
2. Foster and encourage the involvement and interest of women lawyers in the community;
3. Strengthen the image of women lawyers in the community;
4. Work towards the enhancement of the public perception of the legal profession;
5. Assist and support the Bar Association in furtherance of their goals and projects.

ABOUT WLS

HISTORY

In 2009 the Women Lawyers Section “WLS” became the first section approved and created in the Williamson County Bar Association.

Prior to 2009 women lawyers would meet for informal networking luncheons. Women lawyers mentored and supported each other in and out of the court rooms. These actions set the foundation for the Women Lawyers Section.

In 2009, a small group of women lawyers in Williamson County pursued the formal creation of the Women Lawyers Section. On December 2, 2009, the Williamson County Bar Association approved and created the Women Lawyers Section or "WLS". The founding members included, Laura Gonzalez Taylor, Laura B. Barker, Jackie Borcherding, Kimberly Wisniewski Batrice, Dianne Clark and Blayre Pena. Since its creation, WLS has promoted networking and mentoring among women lawyers, promoted community service projects and has worked towards enhancing the image of women lawyers in the community.

OFFICERS

 WLS Chair Cheryl McGirr- 
Email:  cherylmcgirr@austin.rr.com

     
Runs WLS Officer  and WLS general meetings; fundraises; coordinates events; organizes CLE seminars.

WLS Vice Chair of Community Commitment Vicki Rees
Email:  vrees@pittmanfink.com
     
     
Organizes service events (including Adoption Day)

WLS Secretary Christine Larson
Email:  clarson@familyeldercare.org

      Take notes at every WLS Officer meeting;  reaches out to WLS members

WLS Publicity Director Jamie Etzkorn
Email:  jamie@etzkornlaw.com

     
Produces the WLS newsletter; obtains photos from events.

WLS Section Member Representative Kathryn Fowler
Email:   kf@attorneyfowler.com

     
Updates WLS website; sends emails to WLS members; attends Big Bar meetings

WLS Vice Chair for Membership & Social Events Lindsey Firnbach
Email:  lindsey@spiveyfirnbach.com

      Organizes social events; recruits new members

WLS Treasurer Lisa Hoing
Email:  lisa.hoing@juno.com

      
WLS funds; sends greeting to new members; makes financial reports to Big Bar members

 


MEMBERSHIP

There are many reasons to join, including:
• Promoting the professional interests of women lawyers
• Promoting the interests of women and children in general
• Networking opportunities
• A supportive environment
• Monthly luncheons or Sidebars with interesting speakers and topics, and MCLE often available
• Monthly electronic newsletter
• An annual membership directory, with members listed for referrals or networking
• Community outreach
• We have fun!

NEWS & EVENTS

TO BE UPDATED SOON (July 1, 2014)


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