Those who meet Laura Alexandra Parton, are immediately struck by two things: Laura is tremendously proud to be a Texas licensed attorney and she cares deeply about giving back to her community. It comes as no surprise to those who know her well that only five (5) days after becoming a Texas licensed attorney, Laura earned her first ever hour of State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education credit attending the Austin Bar Association sponsored CLE presented by Pirate the Labrador Retriever, a service dog. Two (2) days later Laura participated in the Austin Bar Monthly Pro Bono Veterans Legal Clinic providing free legal advice to several veterans with child custody and family law needs along with a whole host of other accomplished lawyers who care deeply about veterans and serve their legal needs without charge.
Even before earning her license, Laura’s energy and enthusiasm for law and helping others was obvious.
At Texas Tech University School of Law, where Laura earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 2017, she served as Texas Tech Law Review Articles Editor; Board of Barristers Member; Student Bar Association American Bar Association Representative; Judicial Clerkship Committee Student Member; Student Recruitment Council Officer; Criminal Law Association Member; and Texas Tech University Supreme Court Associate Justice.
While doing all this, Laura earned honors making Dean’s List; Pro Bono Honor Roll; Pro Bono Excellence Award; Federal Bar Association, Blask Fellowship; Dean’s Community Teaching Fellow Certification Award; Sandra Day O’ Connor Distinguished Lectureship Scholarship, and Board of Barrister’s Top Oralist Award for 1L Moot Court, 1L Negotiations, Fall Advanced Negotiations, Fall Advanced Mock Trial, and Fall Advanced Moot Court). Laura Parton is not afraid to go to trial!
Laura’s undergraduate degree, also earned at Texas Tech, was in History with a minor in Political Science and served her well as she gained valuable knowledge learning how the law is made and applied in the real world. Her working experience during law school and undergraduate included:
- Texas House of Representatives, Speaker Joe Straus, Extern;
- Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office—Civil Division, Law Clerk;
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, McAllen Division, Honorable Micaela Alvarez, Intern;
- Human Rights Initiative, Intern;
- United States House of Representatives, Congressman Sam Johnson (TX 3), Intern;
- Texas House of Representatives, Speaker Tom Craddick (Midland) through the Texas Legislative Internship Program (TLIP).
Laura literally grew up in the law. Her Mom Martha Garcia Parton was an accomplished Paralegal for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas, El Paso Division. Like her Mom and as a Law Review editor, Laura never sees a paragraph that couldn’t use a little editing and polishing!
Laura speaks Spanish fluently and hopes to use that skill to reach out to many in Austin who are in need of legal services. As she quietly notes: “………. In this city of such great prosperity, there are so many in need, so many to help. I am so glad I live and practice law in Austin. “
Laura Alexandra Parton providing Veterans Pro Bono Legal Service at the Austin Bar Veterans Legal Services Program
Pirate the labrador retriever may have tried to steal the show, but Laura Alexandra Parton earned her first hours of CLE as a brand new attorney at the Austin Bar Association’s Veterans Pro Bono Legal Services Programs discussing Service Dog Law
Laura Alexandra Parton after participating in the 5K at the 2017 Austin Marathon benefiting the Paramount Theatre