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July 24, 2017
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706


Media Advisory: TYLA Diversity Dinner to highlight
accomplishments of first-generation attorneys

What: The Texas Young Lawyers Association’s annual Diversity Dinner will bring lawyers from across the state to Houston to discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and in society. The event will feature a keynote address by Houston lawyer Diana Marshall and an overview of one of the association’s signature projects, I Was the First. You Can Be a Lawyer Too!, The project uses documentary-style videos to feature first-generation lawyers who went on to make significant contributions to the profession and, in many cases, the country.

When: 6:30 p.m. cocktails; 7 p.m. dinner July 27

Where: Omni Riverway, 4 Riverway Drive in Houston

Keynote: Diana Marshall runs her own litigation boutique—Marshall & Associates— specializing in civil trial, mediation, and arbitration. Marshall was the first female partner at Baker Botts LLP, where she spent 21 years, 14 as a partner. Among her accolades, TIME magazine named her one of the top five women trial lawyers in America. Marshall will speak on the importance of diversity and inclusion.

Media Note: To attend the event, please RSVP to Amy Starnes, public information director for the State Bar of Texas at (512) 427-1706 or State Bar Communications Division Director Lowell Brown will be an onsite contact at (512) 909-3731 or

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