President's Opinion

 

BAILI RHODES
President, Texas Young Lawyers Association

 

September 1, 2017
Never Stop Learning

New pencils. Crayons. Notebooks. He has a new backpack with a matching lunchbox and is so full of excitement over meeting his new teacher that he can hardly contain himself. My momma-of-a-kindergartner heart is about to explode. Perhaps it is my own fond memories of the first day of school, but I think I am as excited as he is. I cannot wait to hear about the friends he has made, and the things that he has learned. I have always loved learning, and I hope that I have engendered that same passion for scholarship in my children.

July 1, 2017
Employer Education

Close to half of my practice consists of employment law matters. As a small firm attorney, I represent employees and employers, at companies of different sizes. Many small business owners find themselves in a position where they have enough employees to face personnel issues but not enough to warrant hiring in-house counsel. I answer many questions for them about the daily operation of their businesses, as well as specific inquiries about the laws that are applicable to the business and its employees, such as:

• Are my employees entitled to the Family and Medical Leave Act?

• Can I terminate an employee if he or she doesn’t show up to work today?

• What is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and does it apply to me at all?

• What do I do if I find out an employee has filed a charge of discrimination with the Texas Workforce Commission’s Civil Rights Division or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission?

The list goes on. I field phone calls and emails, and when requested, provide written summaries of law applicable to the problem du jour.

June 1, 2017
It's a Pleasure to Serve

For some of you, this will be the first issue of the Texas Bar Journal you receive as a newly licensed lawyer. It has been nine (gasp) years since I graduated from law school. In that time, life seems to have gotten busier. My husband and I went from being full-time students to full-time employees. We got our second dog. We had one baby—then two. We moved, then moved again. I learned to practice law; be comfortable in a courtroom; and to advise, manage, and obtain clients. We joined a church. I joined Junior League. I ran 12 marathons. I was elected to the TYLA Board of Directors and then as secretary, vice president, and president-elect. It is a busy, busy season, and my experience is far from unique.

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