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STCL Houston’s AMICUS and the Women’s Law Society Celebrate Women’s History Month with a Speaker Series Featuring Four Trailblazing Queer Women from Houston  

The AMICUS and Women’s Law Society will host a speaker series throughout the month of March featuring four trailblazing queer women from the Houston area.

This series, part of the law school’s Women’s History Month celebration, will be held at the law school, located at 1303 San Jacinto Street in Houston. Each week will feature a different speaker. The series begins March 1 from 5 -7 p.m., with former Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

The panelists will discuss the intersectionality of being queer women in different law environments. These weekly events are free and open to the public. A reception will follow each discussion.

Here are the speakers’ bios:

Annise Parker served as the 61st mayor of Houston from 2010 until 2016. She also served as an at-large member of the Houston City Council from 1998 to 2003 and city controller from 2004 to 2010. Parker was Houston’s second female mayor and one of the first openly gay mayors of a major U.S. city.

Fran Watson has been practicing law for more than 11 years. Watson started her own law practice to protect clients with same-sex partners with will, trusts and probate in the days before same-sex marriage. She represents individuals and small business owners on a variety of issues including estate planning and probate, guardianship, contract and settlement negotiation, and commercial disputes.

Hon. Phyllis Randolph Frye is the first openly transgender judge in the United States. She is also a U.S. Army veteran, a licensed engineer, an attorney and a prominent trans activist. This presentation features 11 photographs and one certificate from the U.S. Army that document Frye’s life journey between 1962 and 2006, reflecting her life before transitioning as well as her important role in the movement for transgender rights.

Kim Ogg is a Harris County District Attorney and a native Houstonian. Ogg’s legal career began in 1987 as a prosecutor for the Harris County DA’s Office. While serving as a chief felony prosecutor, she was appointed Houston’s first Anti-Gang Task Force Director in 1994. She has successfully advanced major drug policy and bail reform and diversified the leadership of the District Attorney’s Office.