This episode of Behind the Lines: The Houston Lawyer Podcast is a companion to the Women in the Law issue of The Houston Lawyer and, like that issue, celebrates the accomplishments of women in the legal profession. It focuses primarily on celebrating how women lawyers excel at supporting other women, including colleagues, law students, and other women in the community who may particularly need the support of a lawyer.
The first segment, which is moderated/guest hosted by Nico Zulli, is entitled "Outmaneuvering Bias: How Three Women with Intersectional Identities Have Thrived in the Legal Profession." It features Cindy Dinh, Brittny Mandarino Curry, and Jill Yaziji, whose conversation is centered around Kimberle Crenshaw's definition of intersectionality, which is "basically a lens, a prism, for seeing the way in which various forms of inequality often operate together and exacerbate each other.” The guests discuss ways in which affinity groups, mentors, sponsors, and allies have helped them navigate through their legal careers.
In the second segment, "Lending a Hand: How Lawyers Support Women Experiencing Overwhelming Legal Issues - A Conversation with Anne Chandler of HVL," Anne Chandler discusses some of the legal challenges she has been seeing since the pandemic that disproportionately impact women in our community and how lawyers and law students can help HVL support these women.
The third segment, "Providing Expertise: A Discussion with Three Women Law Students About How Women Lawyers Can Be a Resource for the Next Generation," features Andriana Webb of Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Victoria Harmeyer of South Texas School of Law Houston, and Chelsea Ogan of University of Houston Law Center. These women are on the executive boards of the women's organizations of their law schools, and they address what they need from women lawyer mentors and what their vision is for the future of women in our profession.
This episode ends with some shout outs to amazing women from several different Houston women lawyers.
Listeners will be uplifted and inspired by the guests on the episode, and it is well worth the time investment to hear what each of the amazing guests have to say about how to be a source of support to women in the profession, law school, and the community.
Members of the HBA who listen to the entire episode can receive 1.75 hours of CLE with .75 ethics. The CLE number is available on the HBA website, hba.org/watchCLE.
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