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About the Lawtina
Network Summit

Inspired by the success of the  Lawtinas in Training 1L Bootcamp in Summer 2021, alumna Brianna Chapa (J.D. ’23), founder of the Lawtina Network registered student organization, in partnership with St. Mary’s Law faculty, staff and community partners proudly invite you to the second annual Lawtina Network Summit with a welcome dinner on Friday Oct. 4, and sessions and events on Saturday Oct. 5, 2024, at St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.
The Lawtina Network Summit celebrates 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. 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.

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Attendees pose for a selfie with Chief Justice Dori Contreras of the Texas Thirteenth Court of Appeals and the Hon. Antonia (Toni) Arteaga (J.D. ’00), 57th District Court of Bexar County, at the 2022 Lawtina Network Summit.


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

Lawtinas-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.

Lawtinas, 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.

Yuliana Gaytan Portillo

“The reason I am a rising third-year J.D. student at St Mary’s School of Law is all thanks to the Lawtina Network Summit. As an immigrant without any guidance, I knew what my path was, but I did not know how to get there. Brianna Chapa, the founder of this wonderful organization, took me under her wing and showed me the ropes. Attending the first-ever online summit was an experience that will forever shape my legal career. Attending the in-person summit last year was a testament to how many lives the Lawtina Network has impacted, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.”

-Yuliana Gaytan Portillo
Third-year J.D. student, St. Mary’s University School of Law
Lawtina Network Summit Chair

Registration Information

2024 Conference Registration Dates

Registration is coming soon.

Paulina Felix

“The Lawtina Network Summit provided a sense of belonging and encouragement to pursue your dreams. The Summit introduced me to resources such as the Helix program, which helps students prepare for the LSAT. The Summit was a very special experience because I got to connect with my Lawtina sisters hear their stories and struggles and witness their perseverance in becoming a Lawyer. ‘No darse por venzer y echarle ganas emoderando nuestras Lawtinas’ is what the Lawtina Network showed me and provided for me a culture that I want to be a part of.”

-Paulina Felix
Pre-law student, Arizona State University

Sponsorship Opportunities

St. Mary’s University School of Law is pleased to host this important event again. We need your continued support and participation to continue to make this event meaningful and innovative. We hope that you consider some of the options below.

2023 Sponsorship Levels


MADRINAS - $3,000 or more:


COMADRES - $2,000:


AMIGAS - $1,000:





Sponsorship payment can also be made by check 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

Victoria Borjas

“Going to the Lawtina Network Summit was an eye-opening experience. I learned from guest speakers who detailed their careers and experience as attorneys. Also, I learned a lot of helpful information on applying to law school. I even got to speak to recruiters from my top choice of law schools.”

-Victoria Borjas
Pre-law student, University of Texas at San Antonio

2024 Confirmed Speakers 

  • Plenary: Dolores S. Atencio presenting Luminarias: An Empirical Portrait of the First Generation of Latina Lawyers

Lawtina Network Summit Schedule


Saturday, October 7


Times Tracks Events Location
8-9 a.m.   Moot Semi-Finals  
9:30 a.m. ALL Check-in and Breakfast  
10 to 10:50 a.m. ALL Plenary Opener – Luminarias  
10:50 to 11 a.m. BREAK    
11 to 11:50 a.m. Pre-law/Law Law School Financial Literacy  
  Legal Professionals Lawtina Life Hacks  
11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. LUNCH – All participants Lunch Panel- Building a Lawtina Familia (Support system, mental health, mentor/coaching)  
12:50 to 1 p.m. BREAK    
1 to 1:50 p.m. Pre-law/Law Students Know Your Worth  
  Legal Professionals Know Your Worth  
2:50 to 3 p.m. BREAK    
3 to 3:50 p.m. Pre-law Resume/Cover Letter and Interview Workshop  (Undergrad Legal Jobs, Law School Applications and more)  
  Law Students Resume/Cover Letter and Interview Workshop  (Clerkships, Associate Positions and more)  
  Legal Professionals Adelante: Career Advancement  
  ALL Moot Final Round  
3:50 to 4 p.m. BREAK    
4-6 p.m. Pre-law Law Fair/Closing Reception  
  Law Students Meet the Employers  
  ALL Closing Reception/Networking Bingo  

Hotel Accommodations

St. Mary’s University School of Law will soon provide lodging options for Lawtina Network Summit attendees.

Ground Transportation

The School of Law will provide transportation to and from the conference hotels, and university campus. 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

For questions about the summit, email For information about sponsorships, call the Office of the Dean at 210-436-3530.