On October 1, University of Texas School of Law alums Jane Webre and Cindy Connolly shared their experience arguing a case at the Supreme Court of the United States to a packed room during a Center for Women in Law student event.
Linda Chanow, Executive Director of the Center for Women in Law, said, “Jane and Cindy are exceptional attorneys and role models. They are two examples of the talent that can be found among UT Law’s women alums. We are thrilled to bring their stories to students.”
The Center for Women in Law event UT Law Alumnae @ SCOTUS gathered law students of all ages to enjoy a luncheon while listening to Jane and Cindy recount their experience at the Supreme Court. Jane and Cindy captivated the audience for over an hour with anecdotes regarding the case, their careers in law, and the inside scoop on the Supreme Court.
Detailing the process of taking a case from state jurisdiction to the national stage, Jane and Cindy divulged the intense preparation leading up to walking into the Supreme Court Building on January 16, 2013, where they would argue and ultimately win their case. “It was a big moment,” stated Jane Webre, made even more meaningful by having her children in the room for the argument.
Jane and Cindy brought Gunn v. Minton to the Supreme Court of the United States requesting for the petitioners that a decision by the Supreme Court of Texas be reversed. After winning their original case at the Supreme Court of Texas, the state court held that a group of legal malpractice claims, involving an underlying patent matter, fell exclusively within federal jurisdiction. Jane and Cindy were successful, and the Supreme Court of the United States decided that the claims would go forward in state court.
Jane Webre is a partner at Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P., in Austin. She practices civil appellate law and handles most of the firm’s appeals. Her practice also includes trial court litigation involving complex matters that present significant legal issues, including oil and gas litigation and land use regulation. In 2013, Jane was awarded the Litigation/Appellate Attorney Award by Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, and since 2007, Best Lawyers has named her on their list of the best lawyers in America in appellate law. In addition, Jane is a frequent speaker at seminars involving appellate procedure issues and analysis of Texas Supreme Court opinions.
Cindy Connolly is also a partner at Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P., in Austin. Cindy has extensive experience representing individuals and companies in Austin’s technology and emerging growth market. These cases involving claims of fraud, breach of licensing agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements and covenants not to compete. From 2011-2012, Cindy served as president of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, and in 2005, she was named a Texas Rising Star by a Thomson Reuters business.
The Center for Women in Law thanks Jane and Cindy for their time and valuable insight.