A Full Fall

October is one of my favorite months of the year—scary movies, generally relief from this Texas heat, and countless Hocus Pocus showings. On a more serious note, since 1989, October has been designated National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As a family law attorney, I know the importance of bringing awareness to this issue. And since the pandemic began, family lawyers have seen many domestic violence-related cases. Under the leadership of past President Baili Rhodes, TYLA created the Free From Violence website, which contains information about domestic violence and elder abuse laws, community resources, video interviews with justice system participants, and testimonials from survivors. Our goal is to help those living with the harsh reality of physical, emotional, and mental abuse to feel empowered to get help. We endeavor to help every Texan live a life that is free from violence. If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, go to our website at freefromviolence.tyla.org or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. We also have resources available at tyla.org, including Healing the Wounds to assist with navigating the legal system after surviving domestic abuse and Ending the Violence: How to Obtain a Texas Protective Order. Please watch out for one another.

In September, our directors attended TYLA’s virtual first quarter board meeting. Per usual, they have been busy working on projects for the year. Committee chairs and representatives gave updates on our latest projects, including two additions to our TYLA podcast repertoire:

  1. Young Gunners Season 2: Business Development Series—Season two of our TYLA podcast focuses on the business side of practicing law with a series of episodes aimed toward business development. We will explore topics on landing clients, business development for the introvert, and many more. Stay tuned!

  2. Practice Areas 101 Podcast—Launching this month, this podcast features young lawyers from across the state discussing various aspects of their practice areas, including some funny stories and words of advice to law students wanting to learn more. We are seeking guests to appear on the podcast, so please reach out to Cali Franks (Dallas) at TYLAPodcast@gmail.com.


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Directors Laura Pratt (Lubbock) and Brandon Draper (Houston) were honored at TYLA's virtual first quarter board meeting.

At our virtual meeting, we honored two directors who have gone above and beyond in their leadership and service. Laura Pratt (Lubbock) was our First Quarter Small City Champ and Brandon Draper (Houston) was our First Quarter Large City Champ. They truly embody the TYLA spirit of an uncommon leader. They received WWE-style champion belts and will hold the titles until our next meeting in November. TYLA continues to foster and develop future leaders in the community and this profession.

October rounds out the last leg of TYLA Virtual Tri, which is the swim portion. We enjoyed participating in this wellness activity with our friends and family across the state. We continue to promote Vote America: Court the Vote and encourage all eligible voters to vote. Finally, we are bringing back the Barristers Out for Blood blood donation initiative to assist with the statewide shortage. Be well, everyone!

2020-2021 President, Texas Young Lawyers Association

For more information on TYLA, contact them at tyla@texasbar.com or go to tyla.org.


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