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In Their Own Words Lecture Series - From Pom-Pom Girls to Center Court

Thursday, May 09, 2013,  7:00 pm

The Museum is pleased to present a multi-part lecture series featuring Texas women describing their impact on the state in their own words. Covering the fields of education, preservation, business, and the arts each program will feature strong Texas women who have shaped and continue to shape the state of Texas. Please call (512) 936-4649 to RSVP.

From Pom-Pom Girls to Center Court
Diane Henson, former Texas Court of Appeals Justice

Title IX changed the way that women in Texas and across the country thought about equal access to education and sports. Join Diane Henson, former justice of the Texas Court of Appeals, to learn about her experience as the lead lawyer in class action suits filed on behalf of Texas women who sought to assert their right to equal opportunities as their male counterparts.

About Diane Henson

Diane HensonIn January 2013, Diane joined Ikard Wynn LLP as a partner. She is part of the firm's trial and appellate team, focusing on complex civil litigation and appeals. Prior to joining Ikard Wynne, Diane served for six years as a Justics on the Texas Court of Appeals, 3rd Judicial District. During her six year terms, Diane served on three-judge panels that decided more tahn 2,000 cases and authored more than 700 opinions.

She graduated with honors from Drake University Law School in 1979, where she was Case Notes Editor of the Drake Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers. Diane was selected for the Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. As a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division's Public Integrity Section, she investigated and prosecuted corrupt politicians.

In 1983, she began practicing with the Austin law firm of Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody and in 1986 was named the firm's first female litigation partner. After 12 years with Graves, Dougherty, she founded her own litigation firm.

Diane is nationally recognized for her work in Title IX, having litigated cases that resulted in greater participation opportunities and scholarships for female intercollegiate student-athletes. She also litigated cases that expanded the rights of disabled students to participate in high school athletics.