Lauren Waddell

Waddell Law Firm, PC

Profile

Education

South Texas College of Law Houston/2002/JD

Admitted to Practice

TX/2002

AAML Position(s) Held

National
  • Chair Publications Committee
  • Chair of AAML History/ Photo Committee
  • Board of Directors on AAML Foundation
  • Board of Editors for the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Legal Organizations

  • Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2020-2024)Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, Board of Directors (2021-2024)Houston Bar Association – Family Law Section, Chair (2015-2016), Chair-Elect (2014-2015), Secretary (2012-2014), Board of Directors (2009-2017)
  • Immediate Past Chair (2016-2017)
  • Association of Women Attorneys, President (2017-2018), President-Elect (2016-2017), Vice President of Membership (2013-2015) Texas Women Lawyers: President (2013-2014)
  • President-Elect (2012-2013)
  • Vice-President (2010-2012)
  • Secretary (2009-2010)
  • Board of Directors (2006-2010)
  • Newsletter Editor (2007-2009)
  • Member (2006-2017)

CLE Presentations

  • Speaker, Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section Fall CLE, 9 to 5 – QDROs, COLAs, and Retirement Division Pitfalls, October 20, 2023 Moderator, Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Networking Event with Speaker, Honorable Jennifer Elrod, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, September 27, 2023Speaker, Texas Women Lawyers Annual CLE, Making Dreams A Reality, March 3, 2023Speaker & Author, Advanced Family Law Course, Legends and Their Legacies: Mining for Gold in the Hall of Legends, August 11, 2022Speaker, Texas Women Lawyers Annual CLE, Making Dreams A Reality, March 3, 2023Speaker & Author, Advanced Family Law Course, Legends and Their Legacies: Mining for Gold in the Hall of Legends, August 11, 2022Speaker, Advanced Family Law Course, Enforcement Demonstration-The Right Way to Do It and Mistakes Not to Make, August 2, 2021Speaker, Bay Area Bar Association, Family Law 101: Overview of Divorce Litigation, July 22, 2021Speaker, State Bar of Texas and the Legal Access Division, Family Law Essentials: Waco – Giving Back to Your Community, Alcohol & Drug Testing in Family Law Cases, June 4, 2021Speaker, Houston Young Lawyers Association Women Lawyers Committee, Women in Law: Finding Your Path, March 23, 2021Speaker, Panhandle Family Law Association, Representation in the Substance Abuse Case, March 17, 2021Co-Author, Panhandle Family Law Association, Representation in the Substance Abuse Case, March 17, 2021Speaker, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Webinar, Financial Issues in Divorce, December 11, 2020Co-Contributor, Financial Issues in Divorce: A Client Handbook, published by American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersSpeaker, Houston Bar Association Gender Fairness Committee, Business Development for Women: How to Overcome Obstacles and Thrive, Webinar, September 29, 2020Speaker, Nerdy Girl Success, Breaking Barriers – Career and Leadership Summit for High School Girls, Virtual Conference, June 2020Speaker, Texas Center for Legal Ethics, Justice James A. Baker Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas, Specific Ethics Considerations When Practicing in Texas, South Texas College of Law, November 22, 2019Co-Author, Marriage Dissolution Institute 2019, Representation in the Substance Abuse Case, April 25, 2019Speaker, Texas Center for Legal Ethics, Justice James A. Baker Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas, Specific Ethics Considerations When Practicing in Texas, South Texas College of Law, April 19, 2019Speaker, Association of Women in Law, International Women’s Day Panel, University of Houston Law Center, March 7, 2019Speaker, Women of Law Brunch, Woman in Charge, July 15, 2018Speaker, Houston Bar Association, The 2018 Annual Conference on ADR, Waiter, There’s a Conflict in My Soup: Luncheon Panel on Ethics, Mock Appellate Argument Defender of Arbitration Award, May 4, 2018Speaker, Attorneys in Tax and Probate, Marital Property Issues in Drafting Estate Planning Documents, April 3, 2018Speaker, Association of Women in Law, International Women’s Day Panel, University of Houston Law Center, March 8, 2018Speaker, 2018 Houston Bar Association Career Building for New Lawyers CLE, February 21, 2018Speaker, Texas Center for Legal Ethics, Justice James A. Baker – Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas, Specific Ethical Considerations When Practicing in Texas, April 21, 2017Speaker & Author, 2017 Marriage Dissolution 101 Course, How to Prepare Clients for Custody Evaluations, April 19, 2017Participant, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Trial Institute, Mock Trial, January 20, 2017Author, The Bencher® publication of the American Inns of Court, Networking Works, If You… January/ February 2017 -Networking” IssueSpeaker, Women and the Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, The First Chapter of a Divorce Case – Temporary Orders, September 29, 2016Speaker, 3L+ Law Prep Houston Career Conference, In the Long Run – Developing a Sustainable and Fulfilling Legal Practice, June 10, 2015Speaker & Co-Author, The State Bar Office of Minority Affairs 13th Annual Texas Minority Attorney Program, Emerging Trends in Family Law, May 29, 2015Moderator, Texas Women Lawyers Annual CLE, Define Your Own Success: Charting Your Path in a Changing Legal World, Practitioners’ Panel: Success in Confronting Challenges across the Industry
  • February 27, 2015Speaker, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Justice James A. Baker Guide to the Basics of Law Practice, Developing Your Professional Reputation, December 12, 2014Speaker, Dress for Success Professional Women’s Group, Legal Literacy Series – Family Law, August 2, 2014Speaker, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Justice James A. Baker – Guide to the Basics of Law Practice, Launching Your Legal Career – Tips for Success, April 18, 2014Moderator, South Texas College of Law – 28th Annual Family Law Conference, The Intersection between Immigration and Family Law, March 6, 2014Speaker, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Justice James A. Baker – Guide to the Basics of Law Practice, Launching Your Legal Career – Tips for Success, December 6, 2013Participant, Houston Bar Association Family Law Section, Temporary Orders – Mock Trial Style, October 25, 2013Speaker, South Texas College of Law Women’s Law Society, Negotiating Your First Salary, South Texas College of Law, September 18, 2013Course Director, Texas Women Lawyers Annual CLE, Rising Together – Women Promoting Each Other in the Practice of Law, South Texas College of Law, March 1, 2013Speaker, 2012 Panel Discussion at Texas Women Lawyers’ presentation of Miss Representation film at South Texas College of Law Speaker & Author, Houston Bar Association – 2012 Family Law Institute, Child Support: Guidelines and Beyond Speaker, 2012 Texas Women Lawyers CLE – Power On: Plug into Your Most Effective Performance, Powerful Partners Speaker & Author, South Texas College of Law – 26th Annual Family Law Conference, 2012, Top Ten Issues in Child SupportSpeaker & Author, South Texas College of Law – 26th Annual Family Law Conference, 2012, Family Law Family FeudModerator, South Texas College of Law – 26th Annual Family Law Conference, 2012, Law Outside the Loop: Tips from Judges in Surrounding CountiesPlanning Committee Member, South Texas College of Law – 26th Annual Family Law Conference, March 1, 2012 –March 2, 2012Speaker, Texas Center for Legal Ethics CLE 2011, Justice James A. Baker Guide to the Basics of Law Practice Course – Launching Your Legal Career – Tips for SuccessPanel Moderator, South Texas College of Law 25th Annual Family Law Conference 2011 – Law Outside the Loop: Tips from Judges in Surrounding CountiesPlanning Committee Member, South Texas College of Law 25th Annual Family Law Conference 2011, April 7, 2011 –April 8, 2011Speaker, Texas Women Lawyers 2011 Annual CLE, Project YOU! Finding Focus in Your Practice – Focus on Legal Substance, Hot Legal Issues Roundtable Discussion: Family LawSpeaker, Texas Women Lawyers 2010 Annual CLE, Artful Intelligence: Teaching Tools and Techniques for Best Lawyering – The Art of Law PracticeAuthor, Texas Women Lawyers In Brief, January 2010, An Interview with Justice Eva M. Guzman – Newest Appointee to the Supreme Court of TexasSpeaker, South Texas College of Law 21st Annual Employment Law Conference 2008 – Multiple Choice EthicsAuthor, 2008 Texas Women Lawyers Conference, Ethics JeopardyCo-Author, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Family Law Section Continuing Legal Education Program 2008 – The Amicus AttorneySpeaker, Harris County Youth & Family Services Division 2008 Conference – Collaborative Wellness: What Works?, Testimonial Two-Step: What Works in the Court RoomAuthor, The Houston Lawyer, Vol. 45 Number 3, November-December 2007 – Revisions to the Texas Family Code from the 80th Legislative SessionAuthor, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialist Forum, Vol. 27 Issue 2, Fall 2007 – Social Studies—New, Used, and Unfamiliar Statutory Provisions Co-Author, UTCLE – The University of Texas School of Law: Effective Family Law Practice, The Definitive Short Course on Parent-Child Relationships, November 2007 – The World of Court Appointees: Amicus Attorneys, Attorney Ad Litems, Guardian Ad Litems, and Social Studies Co-Author, Advanced Family Law Practice for Paralegals: Handling Financial Issues at a Higher Level 2007 – Effective Presentation of Financial Matters – Financial Information Statements, Inventory & Appraisement, and Proposed Property DivisionsCo-Author, Advanced Family Law Course 2006 – Who Represents The Child? Not Me, I am the Amicus Attorney!Co-Author, Advanced Family Law Drafting Course 2005 – -It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing” – Tips from the BenchCo-Author, Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar 2004 – Family Law for the General PractitionerCo-Author, Marriage Dissolution Institute 2003 – Real Estate Appraisals and Receivers-How to Use and AbuseCo-Author, Ad Litem Practice in the Family Law Courts, 309th Judicial District Court 2003 – The Road to Trial: An Attorney Ad Litem and Guardian Ad Litem’s GuideSpeaker, Family Law Essentials sponsored by The Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and Private Attorney Involvement for Texas Rural Legal Aid, Inc., February 28, 2003 – Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

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