Meet Fran

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Fran Watson is proud to call Texas her home. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston-Downtown and her law degree from TSU’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Fran is a native Houstonian who lives in the district with her wife of twelve years, Kim.  

Fran is an attorney, certified mediator, and one of the founding partners of Simoneaux & Watson, P.C., a Houston based law firm that focuses on protecting the legacy of families through estate planning and estate administration. In addition to her law practice, Fran has provided pro-bono and reduced-fee services to some clients in various areas including Landlord/Tenant, debt collection, and some limited family law cases affecting LGBTQ clients.   

Like many Texans, Fran’s life was met with some personal challenges. From losing her mother at age 13 to a drug overdose, to getting expelled from high school, to breaking both of her legs and being temporarily disabled, Fran understands how lack of access can hinder people from succeeding. These experiences are a driving force for Fran to work to ensure everyone has equal access and the opportunity to succeed. 

Fran has a passion for equality and believes everyone deserves a life of dignity, equal access, and fair treatment. Therefore, she aligns herself with organizations and projects that adhere to those beliefs. Below are a few of the committees and organizations where she has served and some of the honors received over the years.   

Volunteer and Leadership Service 

  • Houston Bar Association
    • Campaign for the Homeless
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • Lawyers for Literacy Committee
    • Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession        
  • Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston
    • Vice-President
    • Treasurer
  • Montrose Grace Place
    • Advisory Board Member
    • Board President  
  • Houston GLBT Political Caucus
    • President
    • Vice-President
    • Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator
  • New Leaders Council, Houston Chapter
    • Chapter Co-Director
    • Communications Co-Chair                                         
    • Inaugural Class Fellow
  • Mayor Turner’s LGBT Advisory Board
    • Inaugural Member
    • Communications Committee
  • Annie’s List Statewide Board
    • Nominations Committee
  • Harris County Democratic Party
    • Resolutions Chair
  • Transform Houston
    • Co-Founder and Community Council
  • Standard of LOVE
    • Board Member

Honors and Awards  

  • Houston Business Journal, 40 under 40 Honoree
  • New Leaders Council, Mitch Draizan Advocate Award
  • About Magazine F.A.C.E. Awards, Volunteer of the Year
  • Pride Houston Female Grand Marshal
  • National Association of Social Workers- Houston Chapter, Public Citizen of the Year Award
  • Houston Transgender Unity Committee, Champion Ally Award 
  • Outsmart Gayest and Greatest Awards 
    • Favorite Female Community Hero
    • Most Prominent LGBT Activist
  • League of Women Voters of Houston, Rising Star Award
  • Young Black Voices, Empowerment Brunch Honoree
  • Lone Star Legal Aid, Pro Bono Award
  • Human Rights Campaign, 2015 Austin Gala
  • UHD Pre-Law Association, Appreciation Award, Mock Trial Coach

 

 

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