Girls Laws Pupils Honor Alumnae With Gayle Pettus Pontz Award

From left: Amy Tu and Leana Houston&#13

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From left: Amy Tu and Leana Houston

The U of A College of Laws Girls’s Laws Pupil Affiliation, acknowledged as WLSA to regulation college college students and alumni, will honor Amy Tu J.D.’96 and Leana Houston J.D.’92 with the Gayle Pettus Pontz Award.

They are going to be celebrated and acknowledged on the Regulation Alumni Reunion Award Dinner on April 9. Houston and Tu are the 2021 and 2022 awardees, respectively.

Each calendar 12 months, school college students acknowledge females who promote WLSA’s goals of encouraging gals thrive in regulation college, making a gaggle that can elevate consciousness of girls’s difficulties and advancing girls of all ages within the approved job. The distinction acknowledges these individuals who biggest symbolize the achievements of girls of all ages and the authorized local people as a complete.

The Gayle Pettus Pontz Award was based in 1985 to honor the to begin with feminine graduate of the U of A College of Regulation. Pontz LL.B.’37 was additionally the award’s preliminary recipient. Instantly after regulation school, Pontz returned to her native Louisiana, through which she served because the state’s initially lady Assistant U.S. Lawyer. She was a laws clerk for the Louisiana Supreme Court docket docket in New Orleans and the Louisiana Second Circuit Court docket docket of Attraction in Shreveport. She retired from the Second Circuit Court docket docket in 1978.


Amy Tu is the chief authorized officer and secretary at Tyson Meals gadgets, the place by she certified prospects the crew that manages the group’s most sizeable threats and leverages its most sizeable probabilities. Her International Governance and Company Affairs enterprise contains virtually 5,000 employees customers all through 10 features and many locations of talents. She oversees the authorized, authorities affairs, firm communications, ethics and compliance, audit corporations, general well being and security, meals security and high quality assurance, setting, firm options and aviation options.

Tu joined Tyson Meals from The Boeing Company, the place she held progressive administration positions in regulation and firm enchancment and technique departments. She served as chief counsel for Boeing world regulation affairs, skilled airplanes and aviation professional companies divisions, supporting a number of enterprise and helpful leaders globally. Tu was additionally instrumental in shaping the worldwide regulation affairs train as Boeing’s to begin with regional counsel centered in London, U.Ok., with duties for enterprise, armed service and protection points in Europe, Russia and Israel. Previous to becoming a member of Boeing in 2001, Amy led world transactions and worldwide lawful issues as a global company counsel at The Hole and Walmart. 

Above the system of her career, Tu has made deep expertise creating and supporting world features, executing complicated cross-border, worldwide and home transactions, and creating and integrating groups and new ventures into present companies. 

Tu attained a Juris Physician diploma from the U of A College of Regulation and a Bachelor of Arts diploma in economics from Wellesley Faculty, and in 2013 was chosen because the Johnson Fellow for the U of A. Tu serves as a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council Authorities Committee and as a board member for the Minority Company Counsel Affiliation.

Leana Houston

Leana Houston has been a dedicated advocate for indigent defendants for about 20 a very long time. At the moment, she serves as the primary deputy neighborhood defender for Washington County. She has taken care of a considerable vary of felony circumstances of all quantities, performing diligently to defend the rights of those in our local people.

WLSA additionally acknowledged Houston’s ongoing mentorship and help efforts to influence women pursuing undergraduate and regulation levels and getting into the approved job.

Previous to turning into a member of the Washington County Group Defender’s Workplace in 2000, Houston labored for Licensed Help of Arkansas (then Ozark Licensed Companies) acceptable simply after commencement. She acquired her Juris Well being practitioner diploma from the U of A College of Laws in 1992.

Houston is a spouse and mother of two. She is a pet lover and has fairly just a few cats and canine. She additionally fosters animals from native shelters and helps come throughout them properties.

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