Laura Beckworth is a native of Houston, Texas. She holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Phi Beta Kappa, 1980, and a JD from The University of Texas School of Law, 1983. Laura practiced law in Houston with Wood, Campbell, Moody and Gibbs and as General Counsel with Hobby Communications, Inc. She is currently General Counsel at Texas Monthly in Austin, Texas. She is a Former Chair of the University of Texas Development Board, and a Founding Member of The Center for Women and the Law at UT Law School. She received the UT Law School’s Award for Community Service in 2005. She also serves on the Executive Committees of KLRU, Austin’s PBS broadcast station, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at UT Austin.