TYLA PRESIDENT’S PAGE FEBRUARY 2022
For the Love of No
Ah February! How excited are you for National Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17? Maybe your favorite February date is No One Eats Alone Day on February 18. Our Texas Young Lawyers Association board will be celebrating throughout February by working on the National Trial Competition regionals, attorney wellness resources, and finishing touches on our new civility hub and civility in the classroom sites that launch next month. We are so excited that our civility in the classroom content will be Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, or TEKS, certified! Your friends and family members who are superheroes without capes, also known as educators, can tell you that TEKS-certified content meets the standards set by the State Board of Education for subject areas. Instead of giving your favorite teachers apples, send them to tyla.org/educators for the Educator’s Toolkit that lists the TYLA resources and matches them to TEKS standards. Thank you to all of our great educators, especially my mom, Debbie Novosad!
Last month, TYLA deftly switched gears to convert our January in-person meeting in Waco to a virtual meeting instead. While I would have loved to host our meeting here in my beautiful and ever-changing hometown, I am always so proud and grateful for the way our TYLA board members show up and show out whether we are on screen or in person. This marks our second virtual nominations meeting, and I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the hard work of Britney Harrison and Victor Flores, our Nominations Committee chairs these past two years. Our social media team also highlighted National Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January by sharing TYLA’s Slavery Out of the Shadows project found at tyla.org/resource/slavery-out-of-the-shadows.
2022 may not be going the way you want it to so far, but disappointment can be a great teacher. In January 2020, I saw U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speak at a conference in Washington, D.C. The “Notorious RBG” recounted a conversation she had with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor where Justice O’Connor posited that if the two female justices had not been discriminated against and rejected from law firms, they would probably just be retired law partners by then. I encountered similar praise for rejection in Carrie Kerpen’s book Work It: Secrets for Success from the Boldest Women in Business. Work It included advice from Lauren Berger, the CEO and founder of InternQueen.com, who said, “Learn to love getting rejected. It helps you move on to bigger and better things.” Kerpen, founder of a social media marketing agency, further advised, “Saying no to an opportunity leaves room in your life to say yes to something better. Never burn a bridge when saying no. Be direct and kind—always.”
In honor of my grandmother Dorothy’s 92nd birthday this month, I will end with my favorite excerpt from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s book Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks for Me & You. “Gmorning! Use your brains, use your heart, use your courage. And click those heels if you need to peace out!” “Gnight! *clicks heels three times*”