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: Meagan Harding

Employer: Texas Civil Rights Project

Area of Law You Practice: Civil Rights

Position Held in TYLA: At-Large Director, Large City; Co-Chair of the Public Service in the Community Committee

How did you get involved in bar service?

Got involved in Austin Black Lawyers Association in my first year of practice through invitation from other lawyers. Shout out to Rudy and Aurora!

What is your favorite TYLA project and why?

Office in a Flash (see https://tyla.org/resource/office-in-a-flash/). I used it when I was a solo and it was very helpful.

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

Recognize that the fear of making a mistake is something a lot of people can relate to.  A lot of things are fixable and talking to experienced lawyers to hear their war stories helps put things in perspective. Set boundaries with work early.

What do you do in your spare time?

Sleep. Debating about how the world is made for extroverts, but introverts are the real MVPs.

What are some things most people don’t know about you?

UT would have beat Alabama if Colt McCoy didn’t get hurt, and I can’t be convinced otherwise.

I wanted to make movies my whole life.

Anything else that you wish to share?

Hook ’Em Horns!