President's Opinion


Sam Houston
President, Texas Young Lawyers Association


December 1, 2016
Outreach and Redemption

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. The food, family, and fun make it such a special time. My wife and I are excited to begin building our own traditions with our daughter.

November 1, 2016
Opportunity and Gratitude

The fall is always a busy time for me personally and professionally.  The thought of the imminent
holiday season inevitably gives me a swift kick in the you know where as I push to move projects off my desk and prepare to celebrate with friends and family.

October 1, 2016
Building Something Together

As a lawyer, I have repeatedly reflected on the fact that I don’t really make anything. At the end of a long day at the office, I often do not have something tangible to show for all those hours at my desk thinking.

September 1, 2016
We Are Firsts

One of the Texas Young Lawyers Association’s signature projects for the 2016-2017 bar year is I Was the First. You Can Be a Lawyer Too!, a “pipeline” program that will feature a diverse group of first-generation lawyers who have made significant contributions to Texas and the nation.

July 1, 2016
Coming Together

Among the Texas Young Lawyers Association’s many charges is to support and partner with local young lawyer affiliates around the state. The bulk of that work is done through our Local Affiliates Committee and at the annual Bar Leaders Conference, which this year takes place July 15-16 in Houston.

June 1, 2016
Your View

Don't lose perspective. At a CLE presentation last week, a panelist reminded the audience that an effective trial lawyer should be mindful of the big picture when approaching his or her case. The panelist asserted that too often lawyers get caught up in details that have nothing to do with proving the essential elements of a claim or defense. As an appellate lawyer, I could not agree more. My former supervisors always cautioned me to “stay out of the weeds.”