We are so pleased to be joined by Janet Langford Kelly, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for ConocoPhillips for this month's Leading Ladies installment. Kelly is a leader in her industry and inspiration for women attorneys navigating the corporate ladder in heels.
We are thrilled to be joined by Lisa Tatum to discuss her thoughts on diversity in the legal profession and her experience and advice on success as a female attorney. Tatum is the Immediate Past President of the State Bar of Texas, and was the first African-American to be elected to the office.
Little mid-week inspiration here—Judge Lindsey Scott is not only the first female district judge in Jefferson County, she is also just 34 years old, a former assistant district attorney, a wife, and mother of 2. Judge Scott was appointed by Governor Perry to replace Judge Layne Walker who retired a full 11 months before the end of his term. During her short term, Judge Scott helped cut the County’s backlog of cases from 500 to 250 cases all while giving birth to a newborn mid-term and continuing to chase around a 3 year old.
I attended a women’s event recently—just another luncheon for a good cause, but I made an incredible observation. The women who were most engaged in talking about their various charities and all of the non-profit work they managed to fit into their very busy professional lives, were women of the Baby Boomer generation. Either they had no children to begin with, or their children were away at college or had moved on to their own adult lives. Conversely, one young mother of two—or was it one mother of two young children?—noted that she simply did not have time to volunteer for non-profits; she would rather spend her precious “free” time with her children. To be sure, the “Gen X” or “Gen Y” discussion was quite different from that of my Baby Boomer peers.
Once a month LWL will feature Leading Ladies, female attorneys who have inspired us with their success both in and out of the legal profession. Justice Sandee Bryan Marion of the Fourth Court of Appeals of San Antonio has joined us to offer her advice to young female attorneys.