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About the Lawtina
Network Summit

Inspired by the success of the  Lawtina in Training 1L Bootcamp in Summer 2021, third-year J.D. student Brianna Chapa, president of the newly formed Lawtina Network registered student organization, partnered with St. Mary’s Law faculty, staff, and community partners, such as title sponsor Helix Bar Review by AccessLex, to host the first Lawtina Network Summit. This in-person event will take place in San Antonio on Saturday, Aug. 6, celebrating Latinas at all stages of their legal career — from pre-law to practice.  The summit will include info sessions, relationship-building activities, and networking opportunities for pre-law and Latina lawyers across the country. Attendees will also enjoy a welcome dinner on Friday, Aug.5.

As the Lawtina Network continues to grow, Chapa hopes to make it into a nonprofit organization with chapters in law schools across the nation.

This event is open to all Latinas in law and non-Latina allies who support their success.

Registration for the 2022 event is now closed.

Brianna Chapa Lawtina Horizontal

Second-year J.D. student Brianna Chapa leads the effort to organize the Lawtina Network Summit.

Tracks

Three tracks will be available for participants: Pre-Law (for aspiring law students), Lawtina-in-Training (for law students) and Lawtina (for members of the bench and bar). Each track will address common issues, questions and concerns that a “Lawtina” might face at that stage of her legal career.

Pre-Law Track

Focused on aspiring Lawtinas, our pre-law track will cover law school application basics, financing and selecting a law school, and will join some of the Lawtina-in-Training track sessions.

Lawtina-in-Training Track

Focused on accepted or enrolled J.D. students, Lawtina-in-training will explore how to develop and discover one’s law school identity, creating a healthy state of mind, surviving finals, balancing family commitments, time management, managing relationships and academic success.

Lawtina, Members of the Bench and Bar Track
  • This track focuses on growth, mindset, and personal and professional development. This includes personal branding, and navigating employment, from seeking to negotiating to excelling. Most of all, we provide the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other Latinas in the legal profession.

2022 Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Helix logo

Madrina

Watts Guerra LLP

Comadres

Espinoza Law Firm, PLLC

Amigas

The Hon. Chief Justice Rebeca Martinez

Deborah Cordova, (B.B.A. ’98, J.D. ’02) and Clarissa Benavides, (B.A. ’93, J.D. ’97)

Sanchez Law—Bethbiriah ‘Beth’ Sanchez, (J.D. ‘15)

Scholarship Sponsors

Sara Dysart, (B.A. ’74, J.D. ’81), attorney at Dysart Law and St. Mary’s University Trustee

Lira Casarez Defense Firm — Melanie Lira, (J.D. ’15)

Texas Latinx Judges

SJ Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

Kirkland and Ellis LLP

Baylor School of Law

San Antonio Young Lawyers Association

Clayton and Ramirez Law

National Association of Woman Judges

Jill Lynch Cruz, Ph.D., PCC

2022 Confirmed Speakers

  • The Hon. Chief Justice Rebeca Martinez
  • The Hon. Chief Justice Dori Contreras
  • The Hon. Judge Antonia (Toni) Arteaga, (J.D. ’00)
  • The Hon. U.S. District Court Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo, (M.A. ’96, J.D. ’96)
  • Aissa Barrera
  • Briseida Bethancourt
  • Claudia Galan
  • Daniela Mondragon
  • Deborah Cordova, (B.B.A. ’98, J.D. ’02)
  • Erica Benites Giese
  • Jill Lynch Cruz
  • Leah Wise, Founder—The Leah Wise Latina Student Hardship Fund
  • Marissa Rodriguez
  • Nadeen Abou-Hossa
  • Paulina Vera
  • Pearl Cruz
  • Sonia Rodriguez
  • Fidel A. Calero, National Director – South, Helix Bar Review Engagement
  • Teria M. Thornton, Pre-Law and Diversity Initiatives Director, Helix Bar Review Engagement

Lawtina Summit Schedule—Saturday, Aug.6

Time Track Subject Speaker Room
8-9 a.m. All Check-in and Breakfast Law Library Commons
9-9:10 a.m. All Welcome Remarks DeanPatty Roberts, J.D. Law Library Commons
9:10-10:15 a.m. All Few and Far Between: The Reality of Latina Lawyers Jill Lynch Cruz, Ph.D., PCC Law Library Commons
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break and Breakout
10:30-11:30 a.m. Pre-law Admissions process/Law School Applications Teria M. Thornton LC100
Law Finding Your Path: From Law School to the Work Force Daniela Mondragón
Nadeen Abou-Hossa
Pearl Cruz
LC102
Lawyer Empowerment Through Connection, Strategy and Mentorship Marissa A. Rodriguez
Sonia Rodriguez
LC104
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Pre-law Personal Statement Workshop St. Mary’s University School of Law
Admissions Office
LC100
Law Winning Strategy—Grades; Time Management; Life and Family Balance Fidel A. Calero
Gabriela Salinas
LC102
Lawyer Knowing Your Worth Erica Benitez Giese LC104
12:15-12:30 p.m. Break
12:30-1:50 All Luncheon Speakers: Latina Judges Panel The Hon. Antonia “Toni” Arteaga
The Hon. Dori Contreras
The Hon. Marina Garcia Marmolejo, (M.A. ’96, J.D. ’96)
The Hon. Rebeca C. Martinez
Law Library Commons
1:50-2 p.m. Break
2-2:45 p.m. Pre-Law and Law Build Your Brand Leah Wise LC102
Lawyer Breaking Barriers and Stereotypes Small group discussion LC104
2:50-3:50 p.m. Pre-Law and Law Overcoming Imposter Syndrome Deborah Cordova, (B.B.A. ’98, J.D. ’02)
Paulina Vera
LC102
Lawyer Lawyering in 2022 Aissa Barrera
Briseida Bethancourt
Claudia Galan
LC104
3:50-4 p.m. Break
4-6 p.m. All Closing Remarks and Network Reception Brianna Chapa Law Library Commons

Lawtina Summit Schedule – Saturday, Aug. 6

8-9 a.m.
Track: All
Check-in and breakfast

Room: Law Library Commons

9-9:15 a.m.
Track: All
Welcome remarks

Dean Patty Roberts

Room: Law Library Commons

9:15-10:15 a.m.
Track: All
Few and Far Between: The Reality of Latina Lawyers

Jill Lynch Cruz, Ph.D., PCC

Room: Law Library Commons

10:15-10:30a.m.
Break and Breakout
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Track: Pre-Law
Admissions Process/Law School Applications

Teria M. Thornton

Room: LC100

Track: Law
Finding Your Path: From Law School to the Work Force

Daniela Mondragón
Nadeen Abou-Hossa
Pearl Cruz

Room: LC102

Track: Lawyer
Empowerment Through Connection, Strategy and Mentorship

Marissa A. Rodriguez
Sonia Rodriguez

Room: LC104

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Track: Pre-Law
Personal Statement Workshop

St. Mary’s University School of Law
Admissions Office

Room: LC100

Track: Law
Winning Strategy—Grades; Time Management; Life and Family Balance

Fidel A. Calero
Gabriela Salinas

Room: LC102

Track: Lawyer
Knowing Your Worth

Erica Benitez Giese

Rom: LC104

12:15-12:30 p.m.
Break

12:30-1:50 p.m.
Track: All
Luncheon Speakers: Latina Judges Panel

The Hon. Antonia “Toni” Arteaga
The Hon. Dori Contreras
The Hon. Marina Garcia Marmolejo, (M.A. ’96, J.D. ’96)
The Hon. Rebeca C. Martinez

Room: Law Library Commons

1:50-2 p.m.
Break
2-2:45 p.m.

Track: Pre-Law and Law
Build Your Brand

Leah Wise

Room: LC102

Track: Lawyer
Breaking Barriers and Stereotypes

Small group discussion

Room: LC104

2:50-3:50 p.m.

Track: Pre-Law and Law
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Deborah Cordova, (B.B.A. ’98, J.D. ’02)
Paulina Vera

Room: LC102

Track: Lawyer
Lawyering in 2022

Aissa Barrera
Briseida Bethancourt
Claudia Galan

Room: LC104

3:50-4 p.m.
Break

4-6 p.m.
Track: All
Closing Remarks and Network Reception

Brianna Chapa

Law Library Commons

Sponsorship Opportunities

This event could not be made possible without the support of our sponsors. Please consider providing financial support via a sponsorship package. The deadline to become an official sponsor for the summit is Friday, July 15, 2022, at 5 p.m

Sponsorship payment by check should be made to St. Mary’s University School of Law, specifying Lawtina Network Summit in the subject line. Checks can be mailed to:

St. Mary’s University School of Law
Attn: Office of the Dean

1 Camino Santa Maria

San Antonio, TX 78228

Madrinas $5,000 or more:

  • Recognition of your contribution during the dean’s address
  • Registration for eight guests to attend the Lawtina Network Summit 
  • Acknowledgement of your contribution and listing of company name on the Lawtina Network webpage
  • A listing of your company name as a top-level sponsor on television monitors in the opening slideshow, event signage and program
  • A mention on Lawtina social media channels
  • Community tables will be available, and guests are encouraged to bring collateral materials to share with fellow attendees. 
  • A reserved table at the Lawtina Network Summit event

Comadres $2,500:

  • Recognition of your contribution during the dean’s address
  • Registration for six guests to attend the Lawtina Network Summit 
  • Acknowledgment of your contribution and listing of company name on the Lawtina Network webpage
  • A listing of your company name as a mid-level sponsor on television monitors in the opening slideshow, event signage and event program
  • A mention on Lawtina social media outlets
  • Community tables will be available, and guests are encouraged to bring collateral materials to share with other attendees.
  • A reserved table at the Lawtina Network Summit event

    Amigas $1,500:

    • Recognition of your contribution during the dean’s address
    • Registration for four guests to attend the Lawtina Network Summit
    • Acknowledgment of your contribution and listing of company name on the Lawtina Network webpage
    • A listing of your company name as a sponsor on television monitors in the opening slideshow, event signage and program
    • Community tables will be available, and guests are encouraged to bring collateral materials to share with other attendees.
    • A reserved table at the Lawtina Network Summit event 

    Scholarships $500:

    • This donation level will cover 10 pre-law or law student registration fees to attend the event.
    • Recognition of your contribution during the dean’s address
    • Acknowledgment of your contribution and listing of company name on the Lawtina Network webpage
    • A listing of your company name as a sponsor on event signage
    • Community tables will be available, and guests are encouraged to bring collateral materials to share with other attendees.

    Hotel Accommodations

    St. Mary’s University School of Law is proud to offer two excellent lodging options for Lawtina Network Summit attendees. 

    Menger Hotel 
    204 Alamo Plaza
    San Antonio, Texas 78205

    Hotel Gibbs
    105 N Alamo St.
    San Antonio, TX 78205

    Ground Transportation

    The School of Law will provide transportation to and from the conference hotels, and university campus. Transportation will be via charter bus. Should you wish to drive to San Antonio or utilize a rental car while in town, both hotel locations offer valet parking for a fee.

    Uber and Lyft have a robust presence in San Antonio for attendees hoping to schedule independent transportation.

    Contact Us

    Are you interested in learning more about the Lawtina Network Summit, or want to get involved? Contact us at lawtinanetwork@stmarytx.edu for more information. For information about sponsorships, call the Office of the Dean at 210-436-3530.