APRIL 1974 NEWSLETTER PAGE 3
NOW members who paid their dues for 1973 have a grace period until
March 31 to renew their membership for 19?4 without being viewed as
lapsed. It is our understanding that such members, If they renew at
this time, will be eligible to vote at the National Conference in Houston
on Memorial Day Weekend. The Membership Coordinator, Vickl Gierspeck,
will be calling members who have not yet renewed to remind them of the
approaching deadline. (New members who Join at this time may attend the
National Conference, but will not be eligible to vote.)
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The Conference, co-sponsored by the Women's Law Caucus and the School of
Law at the University of Texas, will bring together women law students,
faculty members, attorneys, legal workers, and interested feminists for
the purpose of examining the status of women under the American legal
and political system, and the role of women as practitioners and
scholars of law. It will be held the weekend of March 29-31.
Speakers and panelists include Eleanor Holmes Morton, Commissioner of the
New York City Commission on Human Rights; S^arah T. Hughes, U.S. District
Court Judge in northern Texas; Frances (Sissy) Farenthold, chairperson
of the National Women's Political Caucus and candidate for Governor of
Texas; and Austin's emmlnent Representative Sarah Weddington.
Activities begin with workshops on Friday afternoon, March 29, 3~5*30.
After a buffet supper, there will be a panel discussion featuring Judge
Hughes, Sissy Farenthold and Sarah Weddington, from 8 to 9 OO pm. Rap
groups will begin at 10 pm. Saturday's schedule calls and caucuses from
9 am to 5>30 pmj then dinner plus speech by Eleanor Norton, 6:30 to 9;
and rap groups at 10 pm. Sunday will have workshops and general meeting
in the morning, and adjourn at noon.
Registration for the Conference will be accepted at the door (the
previously announced deadline of March 11 was an error in their brochure),
from noon to 8 pm'on March 29 at the Joe C. Thompson Conference Center,
next door to the LBJ Library. For more information, call the Law School.
In order to aid the new officers in assessing chapter resources and
planning directions for the chapter, we will try to contact everyone
on our mailing list in the Austin area during the coming weeks. We need
to find out if the people on the list are still interested in Austin NOW;
what problems they are Interested in working on or in having the chapter
work on; and how much time, if any, they would be willing to devote to
working on the feminist problems that concern them. Volunteers to help
in the telephoning effort will be sought at the April 3 meeting.
The Austin NOW Newsletter, in addition to publicizing the activities
of our chapter, is always glad to publish news of sister organizations
in Austin, as space permits. The deadline for each month's edition will
be about the 20th of the preceding month - shortly after that month's
chapter business meeting. Task force coordinators and other officers
especially are urged to send copy for the newsletter to: Sue Ricket,
10021 Childress Drive, Austin, Tx 78753.