Editor’s Note: In this blog series, we are getting to know the members of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. TYLA, commonly called the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All TYLA programs are accomplished through the volunteer efforts of its board and committee members, with the cooperation of local affiliate young lawyers associations. Learn more at tyla.org.

Name: Rebecca Patterson Linehan

Firm: Midland County District Attorney

Area of Law You Practice: Criminal Prosecution

Position Held in TYLA: District 17 Director, Chair of Veterans Treatment Court Committee, and Co-Chair of Attorney Wellness Committee

How did you get involved in bar service?

I was nominated to fill the remainder of Bryan Mackey’s term on TYLA.

What is your favorite TYLA project and why?

The Criminal Enhancement CLE. It was the first time that I felt ownership in a TYLA project.

What tips can you give to other attorneys to manage stress?

It’s OK to say no! A wise man once told me if your answer isn’t “hell yes,” then your answer should be no because it will be “hell yes” for someone else.

What do you do in your spare time?

Chase my child around, watch Netflix, and drink wine with friends.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I performed on my violin in Carnegie Hall when I was 13.