State Bar of Texas
Sept. 30, 2008

Contact: Kim Davey, 512.427.1713

State Bar's Ann Foster Selected Among 30 "Extraordinary Women in Texas Law"

AUSTIN – Ann D. Foster, director of the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program (TLAP), was selected as one of 30 "Extraordinary Women in Texas Law" by Texas Lawyer, an Incisive Media publication. She will be honored Nov. 14 in Dallas.

Foster and the other 29 women lawyers were chosen from nearly 500 nominations. There are nearly 23,000 women attorneys practicing in Texas.

TLAP is a State Bar of Texas program that provides crisis counseling and referrals, peer assistance, education, and rehabilitation to Texas attorneys, judges, or law students whose professional performance is impaired due to substance abuse, dependency, or mental health disorders. It is estimated that 10,000 – 15,000 lawyers in Texas suffer from substance use or mental health issues affecting their law practices.

Foster worked with Austin lawyer Martha Dickie, 2006-07 State Bar of Texas president, to produce "Practicing from the Shadows: Depression and the Legal Profession" to help lawyers suffering from depression seek needed assistance. More than 2,000 copies of the DVD have been distributed statewide, increasing awareness of the incidence of depression in the legal profession and urging people to get help.

Foster has worked for TLAP since 1997, and has served as its director since 1999. Prior to joining the State Bar of Texas, she practiced law in Houston, Galveston and Austin, focusing on litigation in civil, criminal and administrative law. Foster earned a B.A. from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, and a Masters in Counseling from St. Edward's University in Austin.

She served as commissioner on the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) from 2003-2006, and on the ABA CoLAP Advisory Commission from 2001-2003.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas. The Bar provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.