SERVING LAWYERS

Enabling Education

Lawyers throughout Texas attest to and benefit from Sara’s expertise and passion for education.  She is known for her legendary presentations and numerous complex papers. She has served as course director of a number of State Bar advanced CLE courses and is a frequent presenter at State Bar, law schools and other distinguished organizations.  Her longstanding work and leadership on the Real Estate Forms committee contribute to the production of the Texas Real Estate Manual, the bible for real estate lawyers.

Her many contributions have been noted and honored frequently; others are done quietly, unremarked on except by those who benefit.

Sara is a generous mentor.  A student who presents her with a question is likely to enjoy an extended session over coffee. St. Mary’s University and especially its Law School are strengthened by Sara’s loyalty and commitment to education and her enduring support of women.  She has endowed two scholarships for female students, one at the Law School and one at the School of Humanities.  Honored as a Distinguished Alumna of the University, she recently worked with others to introduce a pilot program of mentoring circles at the Law School.  Clearly, she absorbed the University’s mission “to educate leaders for the common good”.

Connecting for Good

Sara is known for her work for the good of the bar and the community and described as a quiet and forceful leader.  If you want to get something done, you call Sara.  Underpinning her life and career is a remarkable desire and ability to connect people and different communities for mutual benefit.  Patient and practical, she discerns opportunities and enables resolution of differences, using transaction and mediation skills to negotiate controversy and achieve constructive outcomes.

As a young lawyer Sara chaired the District 10 Professional Enhancement Program, a panel of the Grievance Committee.  Her dedication as a volunteer/mentor in service to colleagues through Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and TLAP earned her the Ralph Mock Memorial Award.  Inspired by the joy of her own recovery, she has spent countless hours reaching out  to attorneys struggling with addictions. She celebrates their recovery. Numerous community causes in her beloved San Antonio benefit from that same energy and engagement.

Service & Leadership

My most significant contribution to the Bar is engagement with Texas attorneys through leadership, sponsorship, education and mentorship.

Service to the Bar

State Bar of Texas 

  • Board of Directors 2012 – 2015
  • Annual Meeting Committee Co-Chair 2015
  • Real Estate Forms Committee 2004 – present, Chair 2018 – 2021
  • Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section Council Member 2011 – 2015
  • Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee Chair 2009 – 2010
  • District 10 PEP Grievance Committee Chair 1998 – 1999
  • Annual Advanced Real Estate Course Director 2008, 2010, 2016, 2019
  • CLE Planning Committee Member numerous times

Texas Board of Legal Specialization 

  • Real Estate Law Advisory Commission 2015 – 2021
  • Real Estate Law Exam Commission 2015 – 2021

Texas Bar College Board of Directors 2019 – 2022

Texas Bar Foundation Trustee  2015 – 2018

San Antonio Bar Association 

  • Board of Directors, 2010 – 2012
  • Treasurer 1991 – 1992; 1996 – 1997
  • Real Estate Section Chair 2013 – present

San Antonio Bar Foundation Chair 1998 – 1999

American College of Real Estate Lawyers 2011 – present

San Antonio Real Estate Discussion Group Chair 2005 – present

Champion of Justice Society, Texas Access to Justice Commission 

St. Mary’s University School of Law 

  • Board of Visitors 2016 – 2021
  • President 2018 – 2021

St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association 

  • President 1991 – 1992

Community Commitment

St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees 1992 – 1993; 2020

Broadway Bank Board of Directors 2019 – present

San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness 

  • Board of Directors 2008-2019
  • Advisory Board Chair

University of Texas at San Antonio 

  • Real Estate Founders’ Council 2010 – present

San Antonio River Foundation Board of Directors 2016 – present

Impact San Antonio 2012 – present

United Way Women’s Leadership Council (now Women United)

Education

St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D., with distinction, May, 1981

University of Texas at San Antonio, M.A., May 1977

St. Mary’s University, B.A., magna cum laude, May, 1974