Cox named to board of Women’s Foundation

Cece Cox

From Staff Reports

Cece Cox, executive director of Resource Center Dallas, has been named to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Dallas Women’s Foundation.

The appointment is effective Feb. 1.

The foundation, established in 1985, focuses on women’s philanthropy, grant making and gender-specific research. It has given more than $13 million to more than 950 organizations, with a net impact on more than a quarter-million women and girls primarily in Dallas, Denton and Collin counties.

The foundation is part of a global network of 145 womens’ foundations on six continents.

Cox became executive director of RCD in July, 2010, after about three years as the center’s associate executive director for GLBT community services. As associated executive director, Cox was directly responsible for creating and maintaining programs at the center.

She has also worked with and/or supported the Turtle Creek Chorale, Legal Hospice of Texas, Youth First Texas and the regional office of Lambda Legal.

Cox is a former president of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance and a former co-chair of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/Dallas. She serves on the advisory board for both the Black Tie Dinner and SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. In 1999, Cox received the Kuchling Humanitarian Award from the Black Tie Dinner.

Cox is an alumna of both Leadership Dallas and Leadership Lambda, a former board member of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Issues Law Section for the State Bar of Texas, and an attorney licensed in the state of Texas. Prior to joining RCD, Cox was an attorney focused on commercial litigation, bankruptcy, municipal law and commercial transactions. She is a volunteer attorney for Legal Hospice of Texas.

Cox earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a law degree from SMU. She is the mother of a 12-year-old son and the partner of Judge Barbara J. Houser.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition Jan. 28, 2011.

—  John Wright

Lambda Legal names Poindexter to head up regional office in Dallas


Roger Poindexter
Roger Poindexter

Officials with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund announced this week that former national board member Roger Poindexter has been hired as director of the organization’s eight-state South Central Regional Office, located in Dallas.

Poindexter took over from interim Regional Director Charles MarLett on Nov. 1. He replaces Dennis Coleman, who left Lambda Legal in July to become executive director of Equality Texas, headquartered in Austin.

Poindexter comes to Lambda Legal after nearly three decades working in the information technology field. He served in various management roles within Hewlett Packard (formerly EDS) and co-chaired HP’s North Texas PRIDE Employee Resource Group.

Poindexter’s volunteer work for Lambda Legal began in 2002 when he joined the Dallas Leadership Committee. In 2004, he joined its National Board of Directors, where he served as co-chair of the Administration & Finance Committee and on the Executive Committee, before his term ended in February 2010.

In addition to his volunteer work for Lambda Legal, Poindexter has served on the boards of Dallas’ Cathedral of Hope and the Turtle Creek Chorale. He is also a former member of the Collin County Gay Lesbian Alliance Victory Committee.

“I originally became a Lambda Legal donor because I believe in the mission and the lasting impact the organization has made on the lives of LGBT people,” Poindexter said. “It’s the same reason I made the decision to take the next logical step of joining the staff. I’m looking forward to doing my part to expand the organization’s reach in the South Central Region.”

Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart said the organization is “delighted to welcome” Poindexter to the organization’s staff.

“But the truth is, he’s already been an integral part of the work we do,” Cathcart added. “We’re happy he’s decided to take over as head of our Dallas office.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 26, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Clearing the confusion on lifting the stay: Walker’s stay order will expire as originally scheduled next Wednesday

Ken Upton, senior staff attorney in Lambda Legal’s South Central Regional Office here in Dallas, has cleared up the confusion over Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling on lifting the stay of his order overturning Proposition 8.

Upton explains, in a comment to an earlier Instant Tea post, that Walker has declined to extend the stay he issued last week, but instead to let it expire as originally scheduled on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m. PST.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has the option to issue its own stay of Walker’s ruling against Prop 8. I have heard a rumor that I can’t even begin to confirm yet that the 9th Circuit isn’t likely to issue a stay. If that is how it turns out, same-sex couples will again be able to legally marry in California beginning next Wednesday.

The question still remains as to whether the Yes on 8 campaign — which unsuccessfully defended Prop 8 in Walker’s court — even as legal standing to appeal Walker’s ruling. The actual defendants in the case were Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown, both of whom declined to defend the amendment and both of whom issued statements this week saying same-sex couples should be allowed to legally marry. Since the Yes on 8 people are actually only “defendant intervenors,” they might not have legal standing to appeal Walker’s decision, some experts have said.

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