TYLA PRESIDENT’S PAGE
Pictures to Last a Lifetime
Two pictures stand out the most to me over my tenure as president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
The first picture was taken in 2018 as I launched my campaign across Texas. My wife, Kristal, and 2-year-old son, Brennan, were dropping me off at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport once again for a long stretch of visiting attorneys in Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and McAllen. That night, Kristal lagged behind (ultimately taking this picture) as we walked toward the terminal from the parking lot. Brennan’s tiny hand grabbed mine to cross the street. Then, he asked, “Dadda, I help you with your bag?” With all the confidence in the world, he grabbed my roller briefcase, and we both strutted together all the way to the ticket counter ready to conquer anything together. Brennan looked like he was walking on air.
In 20 years, I hope my son sees that picture and remembers this special time we had together. Brennan, you will always have the power to conquer anything that you set your mind toward. But remember to always use that power with restraint, humility, and for the sole purpose of serving others.
The second picture was taken during my swearing-in ceremony last year at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. Two weeks after giving birth to our second son, Weston, my amazing and beautiful bride of 11 years jumped in my father-in-law’s pickup and made the uncomfortable six-hour road trip to meet me in Austin. She texted me before arriving at the hotel, just an hour before the ceremony, “I wouldn’t miss this for the world. Love you.”
When Kristal and I decided to run for president of TYLA, we made an agreement that we would do this together with the sole purpose of serving others. We knew that it would require sacrifices from the whole family. Still we pressed forward, envisioning the attorneys struggling with mental health issues, veterans living with PTSD, and immigrants seeking legal assistance along the border.
We’re proud to announce that our TYLA board created the Breaking the Cycle—A Layered Approach to Attorney Wellness website, Texas Courts for Texas Veterans, the Lawyer Passport for Immigration Law, and a host of other attorney- and service-related projects.
This year, I’ve thanked all the TYLA directors and other partners who turned those visions into amazing resources. But as we wind this year down, I want to thank my life partner and forever bride. She’s made so many personal sacrifices to ensure that I could always do my best for TYLA. Kristal, you’ve given me faith, grace, hope, strength, and patience. You’ve given everything and never said anything more than, “I wouldn’t miss this for the world.” Thank you.
To every attorney reading this, thank you for entrusting my family and me with this amazing opportunity to serve. These pictures will last a lifetime.
We will leave you with the same quote that we started this year with: “We are all walking on floors we did not scrub. We are all walking through doors that we did not open. So, wherever you go, scrub floors and open doors.”