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: Jenny Smith
Company: Lubbock Power and Light
Area of Law You Practice: Electric Utility
Position Held in TYLA: Access to Justice liaison, co-chair of the Attorney Wellness Committee
How did you get involved in bar service?
I was asked to fill the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division liaison position several years ago and that began my journey with TYLA.
What is your favorite TYLA project and why?
And Justice for All: Preventing Wrongful Convictions through Education (see http://tylajusticeforall.com/). I worked on a wrongful convictions case early in my career as a pro bono case, and educating all sectors of the bar about it is a passion of mine.
What tips can you give to other attorneys to manage stress?
Take time for self-care. You are never too busy to take care of yourself.
What do you do in your spare time?
Spend time with family and spend time outside.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Sadly, I’m not funny. I’m not good at jokes. But I still love humor. My favorite movie is Tommy Boy.