President's Opinion


C. Barrett Thomas
President, Texas Young Lawyers Association


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?

December 1, 2015
Practice as if Santa Were Watching

’Tis the season of good tidings and Christmas cheer, a time when we are called to put aside petty differences, love our fellow man, and maintain a selfless spirit. Working with lawyers for a living, however, can prove difficult.

November 1, 2015
See the Struggle and Help

Not too long ago, I was a first-year law student and single father. When I had my twin five-year-olds every other week, it was a total whirlwind. There were times when I couldn’t find childcare and I had to take them to class with me. I remember one of those days in particular. Running late, I raced through the law school with the boys in tow. My face clearly showed concern that either my sons or myself would be kicked out of school by the day’s end.