Alwais says she knew that she should practice family law after taking a test as part of her application to become the first staff attorney for the civil district judges in Bexar County. She says the test required her to review a petition for divorce and a final divorce decree.
“I got the job because I identified all the mistakes that the author of the test had made and didn’t know she made,” Alwais says.
Alwais, a 1996 graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, says she was the judges’ staff attorney from January 1999 until 2006, when she started working at McCurley Orsinger. She says she is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and her practice focuses on traditional and nontraditional divorce, custody issues, property division, child support and adoption matters.
Alwais says she also is an instructor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she teaches family, probate and criminal law.
— Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.