GO Proudly Presents: 100 Women We Love, Class Of 2020

Nicole Conger

Photo by Mandy Harris.

Regardless of your faith — whether you practice Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, spirituality, or self-belief — Nicole Conger urges you to embrace it. “In times that chaos may seem unending,” the civil rights lawyer says, “wear what makes you feel bright, release any added layers that you are wearing for others, and simply lean into your faith.” The owner of her own law practice in Austin, Conger brings this warmth and positivity to her work representing clients who have experienced discrimination, harassment, work-place troubles pertaining to sexual orientation and medical leave — essentially anyone seeking legal protection as well as a little sunshine. Conger, who graduated Magna Cum Lauda from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2011, opened her own practice almost three years ago and has since devoted herself to helping those in need. The most satisfying part of her job, she tells GO, is having the chance to know that she is involved in her community, helping to promote equal rights and diversity. “My passion for helping those in need and nonprofits over the nation is my drive,” she says, “as I know that we can all do our part in giving back.” Conger has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Law by the Diversity Council; she has also been elected a Fellow in the highly selective Texas Bar Foundation. —RK

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