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: Matt Manning

Firm: Webb Cason, P.C.

Area of Law You Practice: Personal Injury, Civil Rights, and general problem solving

Position Held in TYLA: District 12 Director

How did you get involved in bar service?

I got involved by joining Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Association and attending 2015-2016 LeadershipSBOT.

What is your favorite TYLA project and why?

My favorite project is the new directors’ project on helping create more veterans courts (see Texas Courts for Texas Veterans: https://tyla.org/resource/texas-courts-for-texas-veterans/). I have worked with the one in my county and have seen lives changed immensely.

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

  1. Take care of yourself however you must enjoy doing that.
  2. Prioritize tasks and don’t waste time on unimportant things.
  3. Go on vacation; the work will always be there!

What do you do in your spare time?

I play music (actual instruments); relax at the beach; spend time with my family; read; and do public speaking engagements (among other things).

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

I’ve had beef with Gary Payton since he spurned me—a lowly 7-year-old at the time—when I asked for his autograph at the 1995 NBA All-Star game. I’m still hot 24 years later!

Anything else that you wish to share?

I’m honored to be a part of this incredible organization.