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The Harris County Law Library welcomes all to attend Votes for Texas Women, a 19th Amendment Centennial Symposium. This virtual CLE is free and open to all via GoToWebinar. The program is accredited by the State Bar of Texas for 2.0 hours CLE with 1.0 ethics, courtesy of the Harris County Attorney’s Office. Event details and registration information are available at

Program Description: Mariann Sears, the first woman to serve as director of the Harris County Law Library, will welcome three accomplished women from our local legal community to discuss the history of women’s suffrage and the importance of inclusion in law and government. Speakers include:

  • Marie Jamison, partner at Wright Close & Barger, who will present her research on the history of women’s suffrage and the progress of women’s voting rights in the last century.
  • Professor Renee Knake Jefferson, Joanne and Larry Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics Director at University of Houston Law Center and author of Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court, who will discuss her research that exposes the harmful practice of shortlisting as illustrated by the overlooked history of the nine women who were shortlisted for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, but not nominated between the 1930s and 1980s.
  • Justice Frances Bourliot, Texas 14th Court of Appeals, who will discuss the importance of inclusion on the bench and share her experience as an appellate justice.

We look forward to offering this program on the 100th anniversary of the day the 19th Amendment was ratified and we hope to see you there!


Joseph D. Lawson, JD, MLIS

Deputy Director

Harris County Law Library

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