President's Opinion

 

by Rebekah Brooker
President, Texas Young Lawyers Association

 

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.

 

 

 

June 1, 2014
Worth Your While

“There just is not enough time in the day." Such a true statement often uttered by young lawyers. We work hard, often long hours every week, trying to climb the professional ladder. For many, after working too many hours, we return home to small children who are awesome and exhausting all wrapped into one lovely (yet often sticky) package. We are tired.

May 1, 2014
All Good Things Must Come To An End

Serving as TYLA President has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my lifetime.  I am thankful to have had the opportunity to meet lawyers across the state and be involved in projects that enhance and honor our profession.  Sadly, however, all good things must come to an end, and it is time for me to pass the baton.