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: Erin Clegg

Firm: McCathern, PLLC

Area of Law You Practice: Family

Position Held in TYLA: District 11 director, co-chair of the Diversity Committee

How did you get involved in bar service?

I got involved with my local bar and legal community, which has led me to more opportunities, including serving on the TYLA board.

What is your favorite TYLA project and why?

All of our projects for FEMA and natural disasters (see https://tyla.org/disaster-relief-resources/). It was amazing to see everyone come together after Hurricane Harvey to create resources so quickly.

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

Focus on the variables in your control and let the rest go. Stress can be paralyzing, and understanding your own unique way of managing stress is imperative.

What do you do in your spare time?

Sleep, Dallas Cowboys, eat donuts, swim, and mother my baby girls—Nutmeg and Poppy.

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

Before any hearing or trial, I go to the courthouse restroom, I look in the mirror, and say, “It’s Showtime”—jazz hands and all. Better Call Saul style.

Anything else that you wish to share?

I’m Extra. Not like the gum.