Send letters by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; by fax to (512) 427-4107; by first-class mail to Managing Editor, Texas Bar Journal, P.O. Box 12487, Austin, TX 78711-2487; or by overnight mail to Managing Editor, Texas Bar Journal, 1414 Colorado, Austin, TX 78701-1627. Letters addressed to the Texas Bar Journal become the property of the magazine, and it owns all rights to their use. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE While I much appreciated the coverage of the women of the State Bar of Texas in the article “Gaining Ground” in the March  edition, I was disappointed not to see mention of Edna Cisneros Carroll or her sister Diana Cisneros Klefisch, both of whom were Hispanic Texas lawyers. While growing up in Raymondville in the 1950s and 1960s, I decided to become a lawyer, at least in part due to Willacy County District Attorney Edna Cisneros, who I believe may have been the first Hispanic woman district attorney in Texas. While in that capacity, she prosecuted a robbery case in the 138th District Court in which her sister Diana, of Harlingen, appeared as defense counsel, likely a first for Texas. Gerald Pruitt Deputy City Attorney, Fort Worth City Attorney’s Office I was looking at the “Gaining Ground” timeline in the March issue celebrating the contributions of women to the legal profession in Texas. Is there any reason that the Honorable U. S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson, appointed by President Jimmy Carter, was not included? Judge Robinson became a lawyer in 1949 and established her own Amarillo firm with her husband, A.J. By 1955, she was a judge—and has been since. Get that: she has been a Texas judge at some level for 59 years. Further, in my 15 years of practice, I have not seen a better judge anywhere. Russell Devenport Fort Worth The March 2014 issue of the Texas Bar Journal was, as always, a pleasure to read. Thank you. I particularly enjoyed the feature “Gaining Ground” about the progress of women attorneys. You undoubtedly are aware of the sad passing of Mrs. Adelfa Callejo, one of the women profiled in the book Rough Road to Justice as one of the first Hispanic women practicing in Texas. She was briefly mentioned in your [“Trailblazers,” February 2014] feature. Perhaps her passing would be a suitable occasion for a fuller piece on her life, achievements, and inspiration to women, Hispanics, and so many others who were enriched by her exemplary life. Daniel H. Borinsky Woodbridge, VA I enjoyed your story “Gaining Ground” acknowledging the many women who have successfully broken barriers. In my very biased view, I believe you have missed one. Gerry Meier was appointed by Gov. Bill Clements in 1981 to serve as judge of the 291st Judicial District Court in Dallas County. She was quite possibly the first woman in Dallas County history to serve in that capacity as a judge presiding over a criminal district court. Her appointment to that bench followed six or seven years of service in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Judge Meier served for 20 years, handling thousands of cases, some high profile. She is retired and living in Dallas, but she should not be forgotten. Todd Meier Dallas I am disappointed that obvious “firsts” were omitted in the “Gaining Ground” article on women: (1) the first woman elected to a Texas appellate court, Justice D. Camille Hutson-Dunn (1st Court of Appeals, 1985-1996), and (2) the first woman to serve as the presiding judge of a Texas appellate court, Chief Justice Alice Oliver-Parrott (1st Court of Appeals, 1991-1996). I was pleased to see Phyllis Frye recognized as the first transgender judge, but Barbara Hartle, the first out lesbian judge, was omitted. If the bar is serious about LGBT inclusion, it’s worth noting that the late John Paul Barnish, one of the first out gay judges, Barbara Hartle, and Phyllis Frye all have something in common—they all became trailblazers as judges of the City of Houston municipal courts. I think that’s a story worth telling in the Bar Journal, as well as mentioning that Texas has the first LGBT Law Section of any state bar in the nation. Charles A. Spain Houston As one of the many women of the 1970s who attended law schools as reported in your article, I wanted to note an omission of one of my favorite professors at the University of Texas School of Law, Barbara Aldave. She was dean of St. Mary’s Law School from 1989 to 1998. Judge Susan Steeg Justice of the Peace Travis County Precinct 3 INVEST IN TECH Did anyone else notice the irony of the feature articles in the March issue of the Texas Bar Journal? There were articles celebrating the opening of two new Texas law schools sandwiched between articles describing the tough job market that has left a high percentage of law graduates over the past several years either unemployed or underemployed. Another article urged job seekers to consider alternatives to traditional legal careers. At the same time, tens of thousands of engineering and technical positions remain unfilled while our economy suffers. My heart remains with our profession, but my financial aid goes to support programs of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Tyler. Michael J. McNally Tyler
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