Center for Women in Law Founding Member Cathy Lamboley received the first-ever lifetime achievement award given by the Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) today at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas. The 2011 TMCP Awards Committee honored Cathy, former GC of Shell Oil, for her consistent and ongoing commitment to achieve parity in the legal profession. As the first and only woman general counsel of a major U.S. oil company, Cathy used her position to pioneer the advancement of women and minority attorneys. Without regard to personal consequence, Cathy hired and promoted women and minority attorneys within the company and established diversity metrics that allowed Shell to correctly identify firms that had meaningful diversity initiatives. Cathy’s retirement from Shell has only strengthened her commitment to affect significant and lasting changes in the practice of law.
Accepting the award, Cathy reminded attendees of the conference that “there is still so much to be done,” encouraging others to continue to ensure that women and minority attorneys get credit for the outstanding work they do. Michelle Peak, TMCP Steering Committee Co-Chair, said “Cathy has left a lasting legacy that will benefit future generations of women and minority lawyers in Texas and beyond.” The Center for Women in Law congratulates Cathy on this honor.