President's Opinion


Sam Houston
President, Texas Young Lawyers Association


June 1, 2016
Your View

Don't lose perspective. At a CLE presentation last week, a panelist reminded the audience that an effective trial lawyer should be mindful of the big picture when approaching his or her case. The panelist asserted that too often lawyers get caught up in details that have nothing to do with proving the essential elements of a claim or defense. As an appellate lawyer, I could not agree more. My former supervisors always cautioned me to “stay out of the weeds.”

May 1, 2016
The Honor Of A Lifetime

My personal journey with the State Bar of Texas began in 2010 when my wife, Charla, and I both accepted jobs with the Taylor County District Attorney’s Office. A co-worker asked us to attend an Abilene Young Lawyers Association meeting. I had never even heard of this affiliate of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, but we went because she made it sound so fun. In no time, I met several other young lawyers who were also learning what life as a lawyer was really like. They had great advice about local judges and their rules and the do’s and don’ts of everyday practice. They offered unconditional support and advice simply because I was a fellow lawyer. I immediately loved the camaraderie of AYLA and all that it was about.

April 1, 2016
Be Impactful!

This simple phrase is the theme for the year in which I will serve as TYLA’s president. TYLA obviously effects positive change across the state as the public service arm of the State Bar of Texas. Through this theme, I am challenging our members to continue to find ways to positively impact our profession and our communities.

March 1, 2016
Every Vote Counts

Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina—each of these states brings to mind the long and arduous process that is our presidential election. But should we view it that way? Is it really that challenging to get engaged and educated on who the candidates are for any election? As I write this piece, both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary have come and gone. I am reminded of the importance of voting in an election but also of being informed and informing others of its importance and the qualifications of the candidates.

February 1, 2016
Celebrating Diversity by Recognizing Humanity

February is African American History Month, and it brings to mind many of the black lawyers who have made a profound impact in Texas and across the country—people like Thurgood Marshall, Charles Hamilton Houston, Constance Baker Motley, Johnnie Cochran, and too many others to name here.

January 1, 2016
New Year--New You

It’s time to make our New Year’s resolutions! Unfortunately, I imagine that by the time this is printed, many of us may have already broken them. It’s never too late to start over though, right?