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Amber Liddell Alwais


  • Sam Houston State University
    Huntsville, Texas
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, 1993
  • St. Mary's University School of Law
    San Antonio, Texas
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1996

Admitted to Practice

  • Supreme Court of Texas – November 1996
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas – February
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit – November 1996

Board Certification

  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Family Law (2009)

Work Experience

Instructor, University of Texas at San Antonio; January, 2000 – Present

  • Instruct students, prepare curriculum, and administer exams in Family Law, Probate Law and Criminal Law.

Instructor, San Antonio College; January, 2006 – Present

  • Instruct students, prepare curriculum, and administer exams in Family Law and Probate Law.

Staff Attorney, Civil District Judges of Bexar County; January 1999 – January 2006

  • Analyze motions, legal documents and applicable laws to make recommendation to District Judges relating to pending legal matters on a wide variety of legal issues.
  • Draft legal documents for judge’s review and execution. Represent judges on appellate matters including preparing briefs and other pleadings.
  • Negotiate with lawyers and litigants to reach settlement prior to court appearance.
  • Correspond with lawyers and litigants as to local procedures and current state of the law. Advise litigants and lawyers of potential and actual violations of local rules, rules of evidence, rules of procedure and/or incorrect application of the law as required.
  • Review contracts and other legal documents as requested by the Judges.  Interact with the media on various issues as required and/or requested by the Judges.

Law Office of Daniel Kruger, P.C.; Law Office of Dan A. Naranjo; and Law Office of Edward L. Pina & Associates, P.C; July 1994 – January 1999

  • Employment, contract, probate, family and insurance law.

Presentations, Associations and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2013 - 2015
  • Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2008 – 2010
  • San Antonio's Top Attorneys, S.A. Scene Magazine, 2007 – 2010, 2012 – 2014
  • Recipient, Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, Women's Bar Association of Bexar County, 2003
  • Speaker at TACA (Texas Association of Court Administrators) 2010 – 2011
  • Board Member, San Antonio Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2006 – 2008
  • Sergeant at Arms, San Antonio Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2009 – 2010
  • Member, Texas Association of Family Law Specialists, 2010
  • Member, San Antonio Family Lawyers Association, 2010
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas, 2001 – Present
  • Member, San Antonio Bar Foundation, 2004 – Present
  • Board Member, CASA of San Antonio, 2001 – 2006
  • Board Member, Bexar County Women's Bar Association, 2004 – 2008
  • Chair, Judicial Liaisons, Bexar County Women's Bar Association, 2002 – 2005
  • Volunteers Chair, Bexar County Women's Bar Association Bench Brunch, 2003 – 2005
  • Course Director, Extreme Family Law Makeover, 2008 – 2009, 2009 – 2010

Authored legal articles and reviews on various areas of law including:

  • Surviving Presiding Court in Bexar County, Texas, presented annually to St. Mary's University School of Law Students and at Trying a Custody Case on a Shoestring Budget and The Anatomy of a Civil Trial;
  • Understanding Real Value, 2008 Advanced Family Law;
  • Using Summary Judgments in Family Law 2006 Advanced Family Law;
  • Here Comes Grandma and She is One Tough Customer; and She is a Minor. She is Pregnant. She Doesn’t Want to Tell Her Parents. 2002 Judicial Section Annual Conference;
  • When Your Opponent Has a Fool for a Client: Facing the Pro Se Party and Getting Through a Jane Doe Application from Beginning to End: The Parental By-Pass Notification Act 2000 Judicial Seminar;
  • Featured, Texas State Bar Journal,” The San Antonio Pro Se Assistance Program,” October 2000;
  • Speaker: 2001 and 2002 Judicial Section Annual Conference;
  • 2002 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week;
  • 1997 Texas Wills & Estates Seminar;
  • 2000 Advanced Family Law Seminar;
  • 2000 Advanced Family Law Seminar;
  • 2000 State Bar Leaders Seminar;
  • Texas Post Adoption Professionals Annual Meeting, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005;Various San Antonio Bar Association;
  • CLE Lunches 2002–2004; Corpus Christi Bar Association Annual CLE, October, 2009.

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