President's Opinion

 

by Rebekah Steely Brooker
President, Texas Young Lawyers Association

 

January 1, 2015
Planning Matters

Attorneys are good at taking care of clients. We respond to their demands and requests at all hours. We postpone vacations, miss dinners, and go the extra mile to make sure that they have the best representation. But, in doing so, we tend to put our own needs and personal responsibilities on the back burner.

December 1, 2014
Surviving the Season

I am a sucker for the holiday charm that pops up in almost every store this time of year. I guess the marketing professionals know what they are doing. Twinkling lights, garland, and the constant streaming of music works immediately to put me in the spirit. But, at the risk of sounding like the Grinch, does it seem like those seasonal aisles are appearing a little earlier each year?

November 1, 2014
Setting the Tone

My first-grader is learning how to read with inflection. This step in the reading process has entertained our family. It is interesting (and comical) to hear how my son will emphasize certain words and how his voice will go up an octave when he is reading a sentence that ends with a question mark. I’ve had to remind him that achieving that perfect tone can be difficult.

October 1, 2014
Fear Factor

When was the last time you were scared?

If you ask my mom, I was the kid who didn’t stray too far from her side. I’ve fortunately outgrown my childhood terrors of the dark, large dogs, and strangers. But, I’ve found that now my anxieties are largely centered on health, family, or a combination of the two.  Unlike the fears of my youth, which would surface only when I was directly confronted with them, my concerns today are always there, in the back of mind, lingering. Maybe it’s because I worry, or perhaps it’s because I am a mom.

 

September 1, 2014
Big Expectations

I am one of those mothers. I have big expectations for my children. I want them to be their best and to try their hardest at everything they do. New moms don’t really know what they are doing. When my first child was born, I remember thinking, I can’t believe they just let us leave the hospital with this precious baby!

 

 

July 1, 2014
A Good Character

There are many fine movies with lawyers as main characters—Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men, and Jan Schlichtmann in A Civil Action. However, in my opinion, Vincent Gambini, the outspoken Brooklyn attorney representing his cousin and a friend in rural Alabama in the 1992 hit My Cousin Vinny, has to be included on this list. For many attorneys, Vinny may be more relatable than Atticus.  Vinny vocalizes statements that many lawyers think but won’t say. Take, for example, his seven-word opening statement—“Everything that guy just said is bull$#*%!” In the movie, Vinny’s professionalism in the courtroom became a character in and of itself. 

Vinny’s case already had to rely upon testimony about tire marks, positraction, and the optimal boiling time for grits, but due to his struggles with professionalism and his courtroom demeanor, Vinny had additional hurdles to jump.