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: Ryan V. Cox

Firm: Texas Civil Rights Project

Area of Law You Practice: Voting Rights/Civil Litigation

Position Held in TYLA: District 18, Place 2 Director; Co-Chair of the Local Affiliates Committee

How did you get involved in bar service? I first got involved as a volunteer on events with my local affiliate—San Antonio Young Lawyers Association—before spending seven years on the SAYLA board, including as president from 2017 to 2018.

What is your favorite TYLA project and why? My favorite TYLA projects are those that involve direct interactions with our members and local affiliates. This year, our Roadshows are bringing TYLA programs to a dozen underserved areas of the state.

What tips can you give to other attorneys to manage stress? Stress is a part of this job, and we have to come up with healthy ways to manage it. The most important thing in my view is to talk to supervisors about capacity and not overcommitting.

What do you do in your spare time? I am kind of an amateur bibliophile—I love to visit new bookstores whenever I travel and look for hidden gems for my home library.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you? Most people don’t know that I’ve lived and worked all over the state, from my hometown in Corpus Christi to Victoria, Waco, Austin, McAllen, Dallas, and Houston before settling in San Antonio.