- J.D. (summa cum laude), St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1990
- B.F.A., University of Texas with Honors, 1976
License to Practice
- Western District of Texas
Specialties and Courses
- Legal Research and Writing
Farrer served St. Mary’s University School of Law as an adjunct professor of legal research and writing for 12 years before joining the faculty as a full-time instructor in August 2017.
Farrer worked as a briefing attorney for the Hon. Edward C. Prado in the Western District of Texas and as staff attorney to the Hon. Paul W. Green at the Fourth Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. In private practice, she concentrated in appellate law and trial preparation.
From 2005 until joining St. Mary’s, she was of counsel to the law firm of Allen, Stein & Durbin, P.C., providing appellate and pretrial assistance in a variety of complex matters, including insurance law, construction law, libel and slander, deceptive trade practices, contribution and indemnity issues, legal malpractice, deposition and discovery disputes, and jury charge issues. She also recorded video lectures for online bar review.
Farrer has been active in the community, serving on the boards of the Bexar County Women’s Bar and Big Brothers Big Sisters-Alamo Area, and as chair for events in the San Antonio Bar Foundation, the Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation, and the Texas Association of Appellate Court Attorneys. She was the BCWBA liaison to the Supreme Court of Texas Gender Fairness Task Force and is a lifetime member of Phi Delta Phi.
Honors and Awards
- Wall Street Journal Award for Academic Excellence, 1990
- Phi Delta Phi International Balfour Scholarship, 1990
- John M. Harlan Society, 1990
Articles in a Periodical
Of Ivory Columns and Glass Ceilings: The Impact of the Supreme Court of the United States on the Practice of Women Attorneys in Law Firms, 28 St. Mary’s L. J. 529 (1997)
Taking the Texas Bar Exam: the Texas Essays and Texas Civil and Criminal Procedure, St. Mary’s University School of Law, Nov. 2010.
Professionalism in Practice, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, Nov. 2004.
Appellate Roadshow, Panel Member, sponsored by the San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Section and State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, February 2004
TRAP Update and Report on Why the Courts of Appeals Reverse, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, October 2002
Perfecting the Appeal and Motions in the Fourth Court of Appeals, St. Mary’s University School of Law and San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Section, Appellate Spring Training Seminar, April 2002.