The Women of the Law (WOL) alumni group began in 2018 as a way to rekindle and honor the former female alumni group, Sisters in Law. The WOL is led by co-chairs Kate Blaine ‘03 and C. Kay McCall ‘81, as well as a team of committed volunteers who serve on the Steering Committee.
WOL aims to create a space for women alumni to network, learn together, and enjoy group events, as well as support the school’s efforts to recruit female students and promote diversity within the Law Center. Over the last year, the WOL group has raised thousands of dollars for a Women of the Law Scholarship, to be distributed in Spring of 2021, as well as the naming of a room in the new law building to honor outstanding women alumni.
To join and become an official member, donate $250+ ($100 if graduate of the last decade) annually to the Women of the Law Scholarship fund to benefit female scholars at UHLC today! For additional engagement, leadership, or event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Stephanie Johnson at (713) 743-3839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steering Committee Members 2019-Current
|Kate Blaine (’03)
|C. Kay McCall (’81)
Laura Gibson (’84)
Susan Bickley (’84)
Renee Knake Jefferson
Professor of Law and the Joanne and Larry Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics
Discussing her new book
SHORTLISTED: WOMEN IN THE SHADOWS OF THE SUPREME COURT
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2020 | 11:30 AM – 1 PM (CDT)
Presenting Sponsor: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
The WOL began hosting events in December 2018 with the first, Cocktails and Conversations event at the home of Committee Member, Kalli O’Malley. The event focused on the Me Too Movement with a conversation led by Committee Member and Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, Laura Gibson, who discussed related history and employment litigation issues. Rosalie Hyde, a trauma specialist who has worked on issues related to women and children experiencing sexual assault and discrimination, also discussed why the victims felt empowered by the movement. Nearly 50 UHLC alumnae attended, shared their views and began to think through how to grow this new initiative focusing on empowering women in the legal profession. Photos from the event can be found here.
On April 20, 2019, the WOL hosted it’s second event, a Cocktails and Conversations focusing on health care discrimination, healthism, and vaccines. Dr. Susan H. Wootton, MD, of the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and Prof. Jessica Roberts of the UH Law Center both discussed issues of public health versus private interest. Women from around Houston attended the event at Ouissie’s Table and learned about various issues that could potentially impact them and their families. Photos from the event can be found here.
The first Women of the Law event of 2020 was held on January 28, 2020, and organized like a progressive dinner with a twist – speakers rotating from table to table along with courses of wine and food pairings from Sixty Vines. The conversationalists were from around Houston and various industries, from leaders of local non-profit organizations to in-house attorneys at major corporations, wealth strategists to federal judges, and everything in between. Fifty women attended and engaged with their alumnae peers and new contacts to learn from each other and build relationships for future opportunities. Photos from the event can be found here.
List of Inaugural WOL Dinner Conversationalists
Women of the Law Progressive Dinner
Anne Chandler, ’98 Executive Director of Tahirih Justice Center’s Houston office
Anne Chandler is the Executive Director of Tahirih Justice Center’s Houston office. Tahirih Justice Center is a national, nonprofit organization that protects courageous immigrant women and children who refuse to be victims of violence. Prior to joining Tahirih in August of 2009, Anne was a Clinical Professor for the University of Houston Law Center where she served as the Interim Director of the Immigration Law Clinic; she still remains with the Law Center as an adjunct professor.
Cheryl D. Creuzot ’92 President Emeritus of Wealth Development Strategies, LLC
Cheryl D. Creuzot, a 36-year industry veteran, is currently President Emeritus of Wealth Development Strategies, LLC, since stepping down as President and Chief Executive Officer, a position she has held since 2000. Ms. Creuzot serves on the Board of Visitors of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition to extensive civic service, Ms. Creuzot has received several political appointments.
Afsheen Davis ’06 Vice President, Legal Operations and Deputy General Counsel for Texas Children’s Hospital
Afsheen Davis is currently serving as the Vice President, Legal Operations and Deputy General Counsel for Texas Children’s. She attended Texas A&M University and obtained her law degree from University of Houston Law Center and simultaneously earned a Master’s in Public Health from the UT School of Health Sciences in Houston. Afsheen had the opportunity to move directly into an in-house position after graduating, serving as sole in-house counsel at a medical practice and Independent Physician Association. In her personal time, Afsheen enjoys serving with her husband Josh in philanthropic and non-profit roles in the community, and she loves raising her four children in the heart of Houston.
Vanessa D. Gilmore ’81 United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas
In 1994 when Judge Vanessa Diane Gilmore was sworn in, she was then the youngest sitting federal judge in the nation. Gilmore began her career at a Houston law firm known as Vickery, Kilbride, Gilmore and Vickery where she specialized in civil litigation. Her civic activities outside of the courtroom brought her to the attention of Governor Ann Richards who, in 1991 appointed Gilmore to the Texas Department of Commerce Policy Board, where she also served as chairperson from 1992 to 1994.
Celina Joachim ’04 Senior Counsel at Chevron
Celina Joachim Senior Counsel at Chevron. Previously Ms. Joachim was a Partner at Baker McKenzie and Legal Counsel for Litigation and Labor/Employment at Direct Energy. Celina holds her B.A in Sociology The University of Texas at Austin
Stephany Olsen LeGrand ’08 Legal Counsel at Shell
Stephany Olsen LeGrand is Legal Counsel at Shell, supporting its New Energies businesses. She currently serves as the global focal point for onshore renewable power (solar, wind, and storage) and also supports Shell’s venture investments, digital ventures, and new fuels efforts. After completing law school at UHLC, Stephany served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Gray H. Miller in the Southern District of Texas. Following the clerkship, she joined the firm of Eversheds Sutherland (then Sutherland Asbill & Brennan) where she initially practiced in the Litigation group, most notably representing Transocean in the Macondo spill. She is married with three daughters and a “bonus” daughter and son.
C. Kay McCall ’84 Executive Director, Renewable Energy Alliance – Houston
Former Executive Officer, President and General Counsel, Noble Environmental Power
Ms. McCall is the Executive Director of the Renewable Energy Alliance of Houston, a new organization connecting members of the renewable energy industry in Houston, Previously, Ms. McCall served as the President, CEO and board member of Noble Environmental Power. Ms. McCall obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Houston. A single mother while in law school, she was a recipient of the Judge Criss Cole Award.
Dianne Ralston ’94 Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of TechnipFMC
Dianne Ralston is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of TechnipFMC. She formerly was Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at FMC Technologies. She previously served as Weatherford International’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary and worked in Schlumberger’s legal department for 15 years, holding a succession of senior roles including Deputy General Counsel and Director of Compliance.
Tramaine Chargois Singleton ’02
Lead Counsel for Halliburton Energy Services Inc.
Tramaine Chargois Singleton is the Lead Counsel for Halliburton Energy Services Inc.’s health, safety and environmental law practice area and the chairperson of the law department’s pro bono Steering Committee. Prior to joining Halliburton, Ms. Singleton worked at Marathon Oil Company in various roles. She was names one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Houston by the National Diversity Council. Finally, and most importantly, she is a wife and mother.