To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel :
Many people have asked me why a 30-something lawyer, mother and wife, who by all accounts should be billing hours, striving toward partnership and spending more time with her family would dedicate the amount of time that is required to be TYLA president. Although it took me a while to figure out, the answer is simple: TYLA helped me to find passion in my practice of law.
Ours is an often thankless profession and one in which long hours, painful attention to detail and the ability to deal with conflict are demanded. Yet, we endure more ridicule, jokes and disdain than those in just about any other profession. It is no wonder that so many young lawyers suffer from burnout or leave the practice altogether.
TYLA, the 'public service arm' of the State Bar of Texas, renewed my faith in our profession and provided opportunities to do more meaningful things with my legal skills than I would have ever been provided otherwise.I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as president of TYLA because there is no better way than this job to help improve the image of lawyers and empower those around me to be more and do more.
Over the next year, TYLA will continue to help young lawyers in Texas become better lawyers through all of our outstanding member services. TYLA will also help young lawyers find passion in their practice of law by serving those who are most in need of assistance.
I hope that young lawyers in Texas will join TYLA in serving the public through one of TYLA's existing or new projects or programs. Our website, www.tyla.org, features many of our award-winning programs, as well as ways for you to get involved. Of course, if there is anything TYLA or I can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor's Note:Reprinted with permission. The full text of Ms. Crump's letter is available at Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 69, No. 6, p. 555 or online at www.tyla.org.