President's Opinion

 

by Rebekah Brooker
President, Texas Young Lawyers Association

 

July 1, 2014
A Good Character

There are many fine movies with lawyers as main characters—Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men, and Jan Schlichtmann in A Civil Action. However, in my opinion, Vincent Gambini, the outspoken Brooklyn attorney representing his cousin and a friend in rural Alabama in the 1992 hit My Cousin Vinny, has to be included on this list. For many attorneys, Vinny may be more relatable than Atticus.  Vinny vocalizes statements that many lawyers think but won’t say. Take, for example, his seven-word opening statement—“Everything that guy just said is bull$#*%!” In the movie, Vinny’s professionalism in the courtroom became a character in and of itself. 

Vinny’s case already had to rely upon testimony about tire marks, positraction, and the optimal boiling time for grits, but due to his struggles with professionalism and his courtroom demeanor, Vinny had additional hurdles to jump.

 

 

 

June 1, 2014
Worth Your While

“There just is not enough time in the day." Such a true statement often uttered by young lawyers. We work hard, often long hours every week, trying to climb the professional ladder. For many, after working too many hours, we return home to small children who are awesome and exhausting all wrapped into one lovely (yet often sticky) package. We are tired.

May 1, 2014
All Good Things Must Come To An End

Serving as TYLA President has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my lifetime.  I am thankful to have had the opportunity to meet lawyers across the state and be involved in projects that enhance and honor our profession.  Sadly, however, all good things must come to an end, and it is time for me to pass the baton.

April 1, 2014
Don't Call Saul, Call The Ethics Helpline Instead

I admit it.  I was late to the game, but I am finally watching Breaking Bad.  Better late than never, right? I delayed starting the wildly popular AMC series because the theme and basic premise did not appeal to me. I just could not relate. Chemistry and the periodic table still confuse me, and as Nancy Reagan taught me, I “just say no” to drugs! However, I have to admit that while the show’s leading characters—methamphetamine kingpins Walter White and Jesse Pinkman—are well developed and entertaining, the character that constantly shocks me the most is their attorney, Saul Goodman.

March 1, 2014
Growing Up Is Hard To Do

As a new parent, I am always searching for tools to improve my child's chances for success. Fewer role models and the myriad pressures in today’s fast-paced society have made growing up a challenge for kids—and their parents. The Texas Young Lawyers Association realized there was a need to be filled and has made strides in creating resources for parents, schools, and caretakers to utilize and help kids get on a productive and thriving path. Some of these tools include:

February 1, 2014
Daily Strides Can Help You Go The Distance

When was the last time you were stressed? Or found yourself nodding off at your desk? Or were disinterested and felt depressed? Many of us feel like this every day. Sadly, studies show that lawyers have a high risk of suicide and health conditions associated with the fatigue, anxiety, stress, and depression that commonly come with our profession. One of the easiest ways to combat these issues is with exercise and healthy living. As lawyers, we are our business. If we are sick or unable to function, not only does our business suffer but so does our service to clients. What are you doing to ensure that you can go the distance in your career?