The committees of the Texas Young Lawyers Association focus primarily on Public Service and Member Service.
Law Focused Education
Develops and implements curriculums and activities for elementary and secondary students in Texas schools; implements selected curriculums using attorney volunteers ever year. TYLA curriculum programs include: VoTexas/Vote America, They Had a Dream Too, Supreme Team, Junior Judges, Crossing the Line, We the Jury and Supreme Team.
Community Education/Consumer Affairs
Develops and implements law-focused educational programs for the public, generally designed for attorney-public interaction, and prepares and updates legal information pamphlets for the public to help them understand basic legal matters, particularly regarding consumer and public health issues.
Family Law / Children's Rights / Seniors
Conducts activities supporting legal education in the area of family law; including children's rights and child advocacy projects, as well as projects dealing with abuse and divorce. Implements seminars and other activities to educate senior citizens about their legal affairs, including but not limited to asset protection, Medicare, Medicaid, social security, financial planning, Durable Powers of Attorney, physician directives, and nursing care.
Develops and implements programs that help low-income Texans through education, direct services, or other access to justice initiatives of the State Bar of Texas.
Member Services & Outreach
Oversees, develops and coordinates TYLA seminars, especially those focused on young lawyers.
Promotes activities designed to increase diversity within the legal profession, by encouraging minorities, including but not limited to women, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian Americans, to enter the legal profession; promote employment opportunities; promote increased participation by a diverse group of lawyers in the activities, programs and projects TYLA and the State Bar of Texas offers. The committee annually conducts the Minority Scholarship Program for law students. The committee also accepts nominations for Minority at Large directors to the TYLA Board of Directors.
This committee is dedicated to programs that assist local young lawyer bar associations in their activities that further the mission of TYLA including promoting networking and idea sharing; assist affiliates with local programs and recognizes affiliates for their public and member service efforts. The committee conducts four key programs annually: TYLA activities at Bar Leaders Conference, the Local Affiliate Grant Program, the Awards of Achievement Competition and TYLA Roadshows.
Online Member Services
Supports TYLA's online programs and activities: eNews, Ten Minute Mentor and Ten Minute Mentor Goes to Law School.
Plans and coordinates the technology initiatives of TYLA, primarily focusing on the design, functionality and the information for TYLA.org.
Collects and disseminates news items regarding the organization's work and mission, develops marketing strategies to generate interest in TYLA projects, and assists each TYLA committee in publicizing its impact on the bar and the public. The committee also coordinates the design, creation and publication of the TYLA Annual Report.
Law Student Outreach
Conducts projects focusing on preparing Texas law students for the practice of law, emphasizing professionalism, ethics, and law practice management; coordinates and sponsors the annual Off-Campus Recruitment job fair. The committee will coordinate several law school visits, and will work closely with the Law Student Division to promote increased membership and to increase opportunities for law student to partner with TYLA on projects, including Ten Minute Mentor Goes to Law School.
National Trial Competition
Plans, coordinates and conducts TYLA's annual nation-wide mock trial competition. NTC is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and is designed to increase the trial advocacy skills of the future members of our profession.
State Moot Court
Plans, promotes, and coordinates the annual State Moot Court competition for Texas law schools for the purpose of increasing proficiency in the advocacy skills for the persons entering the legal profession.
The State Bar fiscal year runs from June 1 - May 31. Most committees begin their planning process during the summer months and are well underway with their organizational and implementation schedules by the end of the calendar year. Although there are several programs that continue in the Spring, you will have the most opportunity for involvement if you volunteer early.
NOTE: Some committees may not be available as a selection option. TYLA Governance committee members are either elected or appointed positions. Also, some committees may close the selection option during the year if that committee has completed its project(s) or the committee has exceeded the number of volunteers required to implement its program(s). If you have any questions about a committee please call the TYLA office at 800-204-2222 x6429.