TYLA Tuesday: Visas for Victims of Abuse

One big question that comes up when work-life balance is discussed, is “How do you work, have a family, and give time to your community?” There are many answers to this question, but one great way to do it is to share existing Texas Young Lawyers Association projects. Anyone can do it (you don’t have to be a “young” lawyer), materials can be obtained through our website or by contacting the TYLA office.  We even have guides to give you an idea of how to share (or “roll-out”) these projects with members of your community. The TYLA Tuesday posts will feature TYLA projects, old and new.  If you would like more details, please visit the TYLA website! This week's featured project is Visas for Victims of Abuse.  Did you know that there are special Visas available to individuals who have suffered abuse? Read more about it here, and feel free to share…

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Mommy Guilt is Real, but We Shouldn’t Feel so Guilty

I find that at times the working mom guilt can be overwhelming.  My son the other day commented how all of his friends at school “get picked up by their mommies.”  He was quick to highlight that “I NEVER pick him up!”  Which of course is not true, but then I didn’t want to start a debate with my five year old on why I work. I loved this article by Gabriel Fischer.  His words were so encouraging to me and the message that my employment has a “long-lasting, positive effect” on my children made me smile.   Anything that helps reduce the mommy guilt is a great read! The guilt many working mothers confess to may be real, but it’s looking less and less warranted."  --Gabriel Fisher

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TYLA Tuesday: Educating Educators

One big question that comes up when work-life balance is discussed, is “How do you work, have a family, and give time to your community?” There are many answers to this question, but one great way to do it is to share existing Texas Young Lawyers Association projects. Anyone can do it (you don’t have to be a “young” lawyer), materials can be obtained through our website or by contacting the TYLA office.  We even have guides to give you an idea of how to share (or “roll-out”) these projects with members of your community. The TYLA Tuesday posts will feature TYLA projects, old and new.  If you would like more details, please visit the TYLA website! In a recent ENews article, Director Laura Docker shared the following about the Educating Educators project: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~Nelson Mandela One of TYLA's…

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TYLA Tuesday: Interns Across Texas

One big question that comes up when work-life balance is discussed, is “How do you work, have a family, and give time to your community?” There are many answers to this question, but one great way to do it is to share existing Texas Young Lawyers Association projects. Anyone can do it (you don’t have to be a “young” lawyer), materials can be obtained through our website or by contacting the TYLA office.  We even have guides to give you an idea of how to share (or “roll-out”) these projects with members of your community. The TYLA Tuesday posts will feature TYLA projects, old and new.  If you would like more details, please visit the TYLA website! In the December 2014 ENews, TYLA Directors Alex Roberts and Travis Patterson explained the Interns Across Texas Project: Texas Young Lawyers Association is proud to introduce its Interns Across Texas program, a brand new program aimed at creating…

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Actually, it’s “Ms”

When I was a first year associate, I received a letter from opposing counsel addressed to “Mr. Rhodes.” I had never spoken to this individual and so apparently, confused by my gender neutral first name, he chose to refer to me as “Mr.” I was so frustrated, how was I supposed to correct this error? I went to my assistant, and we spent way too many billable minutes trying to figure out a tactful (but not rude, I was a first year associate, I couldn’t stand to be rude!) way to make it clear that I am a “Ms.” not a “Mr.” Finally, we decided that she would send back my response letter with a note that said “Please find attached Ms. Rhodes’s response to your letter.” Fast forward a few years and I realized that I not only took an approach that was much too passive, but I wasted…

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TYLA Tuesday: Texas Legends

One big question that comes up when work-life balance is discussed, is “How do you work, have a family, and give time to your community?” There are many answers to this question, but one great way to do it is to share existing Texas Young Lawyers Association projects. Anyone can do it (you don’t have to be a “young” lawyer), materials can be obtained through our website or by contacting the TYLA office.  We even have guides to give you an idea of how to share (or “roll-out”) these projects with members of your community. The TYLA Tuesday posts will feature TYLA projects, old and new.  If you would like more details, please visit the TYLA website! In this month's ENews, 2014-2015 TYLA President Rebekah Steely Brooker detailed the Texas Legends Project -  Do you ever reflect on how you got to where you are?  I do. I’ve always been fascinated by how…

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