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August 2018

The Belo might be closed in August, but DAYL is open for business.  When I look at the events coming up in August, I get ding dang excited.  And trust me, “ding dang” is a phrase I reserve for only the most excited utterances.  Some of the events we have coming up in August are events that I dreamed of putting together before I started the year as DAYL President and others are events that have grown organically out of conversations I have had with more seasoned lawyers during the year or because of how impressed I was with a fellow young lawyer who has already risen to the top.  I hope you’ll make plans to join us for some or all of these events.

Krisi Kastl, Texas Women Lawyers President, approached me about doing an event for women in Dallas and Fort Worth. If you know Krisi, you know she believes in big, bold ideas and then does whatever it takes to make them happen. Planning this event with her was no exception. We brainstormed our dream list of speakers, and one-by-one, they all said yes. From women bar leaders to women business owners and rainmakers to state and appellate court judges to a district attorney. This is a rock star group of women. I’m especially excited that we will have one of my mother’s good friends, Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann, there to moderate our final panel of the day and to offer her own advice for those in attendance. All women lawyers should make plans to join us for this event that we have titled, Women at the Top: Shattering Glass Ceilings? (yes, the question mark is intentional). It will be at The Reata in Fort Worth on Wednesday, August 8, beginning at 2:30 p.m. and concluding with a reception starting at 6:30 p.m. Come to Fort Worth before rush hour starts and head back to Dallas after rush hour ends. You won’t regret making the drive for this! The full program is below. RSVP at Space for this event is limited. Special thank you to all of our sponsors listed below, and a special thanks to Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP, our Cocktail Sponsor.

Then, the next day at lunch, we have another very special event. I met Lauren Leahy, Chief Legal Officer at Pizza Hut, at one of the DBA WE Lead events and was instantly impressed with her. When you hear her speak, you know immediately that she’s bright and driven. I was even more impressed by Lauren when I realized that she is just one year older than me. She gives straightforward and honest advice to young lawyers about career and business development and I thought DAYL members could really benefit from the things she has to say. Join us on Thursday, August 9 at 12:00 p.m. at my firm’s offices at 2501 N. Harwood, Suite 1800 for The Secret Sauce: Tips from Pizza Hut’s Chief Legal Officer Lauren Leahy to hear Lauren’s general tips for achieving success as a young lawyer, how to navigate your career towards in-house positions, how to pitch to outside counsel, and how to serve most effectively as outside counsel once you win the business. RSVP at


Based on feedback we received from our members that we should provide more programming for transactional lawyers, we are bringing back the very popular DAYL Deal Boot Camp. This year’s Committee, including Matthew Agnew, Stephen Angelette, Elizabeth Humpal, Joseph Kim, Rex Mann, Sam Pondrom, Sarah Tahir, and Amanda Thurman have worked tirelessly to make this event even bigger and better than it was before. It will be on Saturday, August 11 at Haynes and Boone from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a happy hour to follow. Throughout the course of the day, attendees will hear from a variety of panels and will walk through the many phases of a deal. Attendees will get 5.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 hours of ethics credit. Thank you to HC Legal for sponsoring breakfast and a coffee bar for the rest of the day, BDO for sponsoring lunch, Bloomberg for sponsoring happy hour, OBI Law Firm for sponsoring refreshments during the afternoon break, Winston & Strawn for providing all of the written materials and signage at the event, and Haynes and Boone for hosting us at their beautiful offices. To RSVP and view the full schedule, visit:

We will also continue our Trial Skills CLE Series in August, with the Trial Skills CLE on Opening Statements on August 15 at 12:00 p.m. at the Merrill Hartman Courtroom. We will continue the format of the previous Trial Skills CLEs, with a panel discussion on opening statements and then live demonstrations of opening statements using the hypothetical created for the Trial Skills Boot Camp. Our speakers include Judge Gena Slaughter, of the 191st Civil District Court; Jonathan Childers, with Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst; and Mary Nix, with Holland & Knight LLP. You won’t want to miss this dynamic panel and the opening statements these practitioners plan to deliver. Thank you to the Trial Skills Committee Members who worked to put this CLE together, including Chelsea Hilliard, Nichole Plagens, and Jody Rodenberg. RSVP at

Please note that there are many other DAYL events in August, including our Monthly Social at PayneMitchell on August 23, at which we will collect school supplies for Mosaic Family Services. To make sure you don’t miss anything, you should review The Weekly Brief each week.

Can’t wait to see you all soon!

Good, Better, Best,
Jennifer Ryback