Ellen Lockwood received her Bachelor of Music degree from Southwestern University and her paralegal certificate from Southwestern Professional Institute in Houston.
She is a past president of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Paralegal Division from 1995 to 1997 and 2001 to 2006. She served as Treasurer of the Division from 1996 to 1997 and again from 2002 to 2004. She is also a past president of the Alamo Area Paralegal Association.
Ellen is Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Division, a position she also held from 1997 to 2004, and from 2007 to present. She is the lead author of the Paralegal Ethics Handbook published by Thomson Reuters..
In 2008, Ellen was honored to receive the Paralegal Division’s Award of Excellence and San Antonio Paralegal of the Year award.
Ellen has more than twenty years of paralegal experience in intellectual property and civil litigation. She is a frequent speaker and writer on paralegal ethics and is currently employed as a a Trademark Paralegal for Schwegam Lundberg Woessner.
Shannon Shaw is a trial paralegal with the law firm of Cotten Schmidt, L.L.P., located in The Woodlands, Texas and currently served as the Director of District 10. Shannon has over 20 years experience in the legal field and practice in the areas of civil litigation, family law, bankruptcy, maritime law and personal injury. Shannon has worked with the same shareholder at Cotten Schmidt, L.L.P. for over 13 years.
After graduating high school, Shannon’s first job was working in a law office. In 1996, Shannon received an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences and Paralegal Studies from El Centro Community College in Dallas, Texas. In 1998, he received his certificate in Paralegal Studies from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. He will graduate with a Masters Degree in Business Administration in December of 2018.
Shannon joined the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas in 2013. That same year, he served as the Vendor Liaison Committee Co-Chair and District 10 CLE Sub-chair. He continued to served the Paralegal Division in that capacity until 2016. From 2016-2017, Shannon served as the Online CLE Committee Chair. Shannon is also a current member of National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).
Shannon volunteers with several different local organizations in the Greater Houston area and spend his spare time enjoying outdoor sports.