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Trial by Woman names Renee as a “System Disrupter”

Trial by Woman recently featured Renee Stackhouse on their “20 Minutes Well Spent” videos, labeling her a “system disrupter.” This has to be one of the best titles Renee has ever received, as she works to protect rights, individuals, and effectuate positive change in the world. You can see the write-up below. If you have not yet joined Trial by Woman’s Forum, you should do so! “Trial By Woman is a community of lawyers, mothers, daughters, legal professionals, business owners, students and friends who gather to support, encourage, and work with one another in an effort to propel the shift out of the patriarchal hierarchy and into the new collaborative, egalitarian future.  Together, we are putting the past on trial so that we can design a brighter, more vibrant, prosperous future. Women helping women and men; women healing the world and each other.”


SYSTEMATIC REFORM. That’s some big stuff, and we are bringing it to you in small but super satisfying bites with lawyer, mother, community leader and system disrupter, Renee Stackhouse.

Ever wondered how civilian lawyers get into military defense, or, more importantly, WHY they NEED to? In this heart warming and inspiring talk, Renee discusses her work defending soldiers and fighting for justice in a highly complicated, and at times, SECRET system.
In this edition of TBW’s 20 minutes well spent we dive into:

  • What it means to defend a soldier
  • Why the universe tends to lead us right where we belong
  • How it feels when the stakes are not only high, but personal
  • When taking the ‘next step’ sometimes means prioritizing YOU
  • How community involvement and the push for diversity in the law is WORKING and why there is a LOT TO BE EXCITED ABOUT

Renee Stackhouse is a founding member of her firm, Stackhouse APC,  where she practices plaintiff’s personal injury as well as military defense. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the military defense is admin sep boards, discharge upgrades, and courts-martial, among many other proceedings. Renee defends military personnel in cases ranging all the way up to murder. In fact, in this talk you’ll get to hear a bit about the highly publicized Mathew Golsteyn case, which she will be trying in December at Fort Bragg.

Renee is recognized for her understanding of military processes and protocols, and the nuances involved in representing service members in various matters.  Her knowledge and understanding of the United States Military stems from her work as a civilian employee working in Marine Corps Community Services at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

So pour yourself a big mug of tea and warm your hands, this talk is sure to lighten your heart and energize your day. 

When she’s not defending our defenders, Renee is very active in her community in and our legal community, making change and driving diversity in the law and on the bench—and we mean ACTIVE. She recently received the award for Excellence as a Community Change Maker, and she just finished Cal Women Lawyers last week (as Immediate Past President and President of the Foundation) and next month, she finishes out as Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Section of California Lawyers Association. As President of California Women Lawyers, she began and developed her passion project, “MSheLE,” an online service providing quality continued legal education to lawyers geared towards issues women face in the profession.

She has held leadership roles with the San Diego County Bar Association, serving as a Vice President on the Board of Directors, and inaugural Chair of the Association’s high-profile Law and Technology committee, which was responsible for not only guiding educational program related to technology, but also hiring a Member Technology Officer to assist lawyers in acquiring basic technology competency. Renee has served as the President of San Diego La Raza Lawyers and on the board of Lawyers Club of San Diego.

Oh ya, and she’s also faculty at Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming, where she teaches trial skills to lawyers from across the country.


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