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Timeline: A Lifetime of Achievements & Experience

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Timeline

February 17, 1960

Birth

Born in Winter Park, Florida when my father was stationed at McCoy Air Force Base as a Strategic Air Command Pilot

Until June 1976

Followed by Father all over the world as he served in the Air Force, from Florida to New Hampshire to Arizona to Clark AFB in the Philippines, to Wisconsin to South Carolina, to Spangdahlem AFB, Weisbaden, and then Sembach AFB in Germany

June 1976

Arrived in Universal City, Texas, where my father was stationed at Randolph AFB

June 1978

Graduated from Judson High School

June 1981

Graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, B.S. Education

August 1981

Started my first teaching job at Del Valle H.S., teaching American History

March 1, 1983

Daughter, Jackie, was born

June 1983

Left Del Valle for MacArthur H.S. in San Antonio - finally returned home to San Antonio

August 1983 - June 1990

Taught at MacArthur H.S.; taught American History, Government, World History, and coached the Academic Decathlon team; repeatedly selected as Most Influential Teacher by graduating seniors

1987

Son, Brandon, was born

August 1990 - May 1993

Attended law school at St. Mary's University School of Law;
American Jurisprudence Awards (Highest Grade Award): Federal Civil Procedure, Contracts, Constitutional Law I & II, Evidence I & II, Employment Law, Bankruptcy, Will & Estates

December 1990

Dean's List; Moot Court Semi-Finalist

May 1991

Dean's List; Selected for the St. Mary's Law Journal

December 1991

Dean's List

May 1992

Dean's List; Selected as Editor-in-Chief of the St. Mary's Law Journal

December 1992

  • Dean's List
  • Comment, Analyzing, Scientific Evidence: From Validity to Reliability with a Two-Step Approach, 24 ST. MARY'S LAW JOURNAL (1992)
May 1993

Elected to Harlan's Society; Named Phi Delta Phi Law Student of the Year; Juris Doctor, Summa Cum Laude May 1993

August 1993

  • Begin as Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski
  • Joined the Bexar County Women's Bar Association; I've been a member for 24 years
1995

First publication as practicing lawyer, co-authored, Employment and Labor Law, 48 S.M.U. L. Rev. 1135 (1995)

October 1995

Began as legal speaker; first presenting at the South Texas College of Law, Employment Law Institute

November 21, 1996

First Oral Argument at the Texas Supreme Court

1996

First Oral Argument at the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

1996-1998

  • San Antonio Young Lawyer’s Association Newsletter, Bi-monthly Procedural Update Article, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Procedure”
  • Elected to the Board of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association
1997

Chair, Appellate Practice & Advocacy Section of the San Antonio Bar Association

1998

  • First solo publication as a practicing attorney: Toward Permissive Appeal in Texas, 29 ST. MARY’S LAW JOURNAL (1998)
  • Speaker and author at the Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course
  • Nominated to the William Sessions Inn of Court; member now for 19 years
  • United Way Program Review Leader for 2 years
1999

Begin tenure on the University of Incarnate Word Development Board

2000

  • First national speaking engagement: American Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Bench Brunch Chair, honoring the women Judges of Texas and raising over $100,000 for charities
2001

  • Speaker and author at the Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course regarding Permissive Appeal
  • Begin serving as Trustee for the Board of the San Antonio Bar Foundation, until 2009
  • President of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association
  • Elected to the St. Mary’s University Law School Alumni Association, serving until 2009
2002

  • Partner, Cox & Smith, head of Appellate Practice Group
  • Speaker at Mexican American Bar Association Legal Seminar
  • Begin writing and publishing monthly and then weekly newsletter, A Practitioner’s Supreme Court Update, continued through 2009
  • Chair of Law Day
  • Serve on San Antonio Bar Board until 2006
2003

  • Speaker at Mexican American Bar Association Legal Seminar
  • Child Guidance Center Board Member through 2007
  • Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (through the present day)
2004

  • Start of repeated national speaking engagements for USLAW
  • Speaker at Mexican American Bar Association Legal Seminar
  • Author and Committee Member for the book, Pattern Jury Charges—Malpractice, Premises & Products 2004
  • President, William Sessions Inn of Court SAN ANTONIO’S BEST LAWYERS (APPELLATE) (SA SCENE)
  • SUPER LAWYER (APPELLATE) (TEXAS MONTHLY)
2005

  • Author and Committee Member for the book Pattern Jury Charges —Business, Consumer, Employment 2005-present
  • First time to serve as speaker and author for San Antonio Bar Association, Anatomy of a Civil Trial seminar
  • President, St. Mary’s University School of Law Alumni Association
  • BELVA LOCKWOOD OUTSTANDING WOMAN LAWYER AWARD
  • SAN ANTONIO’S BEST LAWYERS (APPELLATE) (SA SCENE)
  • SUPER LAWYER (APPELLATE) (TEXAS MONTHLY)
2006

  • First article for the state-wide publication, The Texas Lawyer, Traps Eliminated: 2006 Update of Appellate Law
  • Trustee, St. Mary’s University Board
  • Chair of the University of Incarnate Word Development Board
  • Winston School Board Member (through 2008)
  • Monte Vista Historical Association Board Member (through 2010)
  • SAN ANTONIO’S BEST LAWYERS (APPELLATE) (SA SCENE)
  • TOP WOMEN TEXAS SUPER LAWYERS (TEXAS MONTHLY)
  • SUPER LAWYER (APPELLATE) (TEXAS MONTHLY)
2007

  • Second article for San Antonio Lawyer Magazine
  • Conflict Resolution, Arbitration
  • Chair of the San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • SAN ANTONIO’S BEST LAWYERS (APPELLATE) (SA SCENE)
  • SUPER LAWYER (APPELLATE) (TEXAS MONTHLY)
2008

  • Formed national mentoring program for women lawyers, USLAW Collection
  • SAN ANTONIO WOMEN’S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE VISION & VOICE AWARD
  • SAN ANTONIO’S BEST LAWYERS (APPELLATE) (SA SCENE)
  • SUPER LAWYER (APPELLATE) (TEXAS MONTHLY)
2009

  • Speaker at multiple national conferences
  • Chair of USLAW
  • SAN ANTONIO’S BEST LAWYERS (APPELLATE) (SA SCENE)
  • SUPER LAWYER (APPELLATE) (TEXAS MONTHLY)
  • SAN ANTONIO LEGAL SECRETARY’S BOSS OF THE YEAR
2010

  • Judge, 73rd District Court
  • Became regular contributor of the Supreme Court Update for the Appellate Advocate, State Bar of Texas, Appellate Practice & Advocacy Section
  • Began Scientific Evidence Judge School, The Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center, Inc. (“ASTAR”) by invitation of the Justice Department
  • SAN ANTONIO BUSINESS JOURNAL WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP AWARD
2011

  • First speech and article on Family Law issues: Movin’ To Greener Pastures: Relocating After Entry of Final Orders, San Antonio Bar Association—Family Law Section, Extreme Family Law Makeover IX
  • Panelist for Texas-wide webinar: Proximate Cause Redefined: The Controversy Over Substantial Factor, TexasBarCLE Webinar, recorded April 2011
  • Scientific Evidence Judge School, The Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center, Inc. 2010-12; ASTAR Fellow
2012

  • Became ASTAR Fellow—trained in Scientific Evidence Judging
  • Speaker at state-wide conference on fiduciary duty
  • Speaker at second state-wide conference on fiduciary duty
  • Board member, Rape Crisis Center (until 2015)
2013

  • Partner, Bierne, Maynard & Parsons
  • Speaker and author on Family Law for the Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar
2014

  • Speaker at state-wide conference, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial, regarding jury charge practice
  • Speaker at UTSA regarding legal ethics, The Noble Lawyer
  • SUPER LAWYER (APPELLATE) (TEXAS MONTHLY)
2015

  • Judge, 150th District Court
  • Speaker regarding Family Law Appeals for San Antonio Family Law Section
  • Speaker at Extreme Family Law Makeover
  • Speaker at the State Bar of Texas Convention
  • Speaker on PEARLS Court for the Girls at the Margin Action Alliance
  • Speaker at state-wide conference, State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Trial, regarding summary judgment practice
  • Keynote Speaker at the Women’s Leadership Awards for the San Antonio Business Journal
  • Bexar County Dispute Resolution Board; I continue to serve
  • Build and launch PEARLS Court, a therapeutic court for teen girls in Foster Care
2016

 

  • Speaker at state-wide conference, State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Trial, regarding trial and hearing practice
  • Speaker for National Association of Female Executives
  • Speaker at two state-wide legal assistant/paralegal conferences
  • Board member, University Health Foundation
  • PEARLS Court expands with grant from Governor Abbot, and first two girls eligible to graduate from high school celebrated their graduation
  • Award of Excellence, San Antonio Legal Secretary Association
2017

  • Bylaws Chair, University Health Foundation
  • Speaker, 16th Annual Symposium on Legal Malpractice and Ethics Symposium, Anatomy of a Noble Lawyer
  • Speaker, San Antonio College Backyard Brigade
  • PEARLS Court expands again, awarded two-year grant
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