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: Susan S. Smith

Firm: Gardner & Smith

Area of Law You Practice: Family Law

Position Held in TYLA: Director, District 10, Place 1; Co-Chair, Diversity Committee

How did you get involved in bar service? Volun-told by a senior associate when I was a second-year associate that I needed to get on the board of the local affiliate. I liked it and kept going.

What is your favorite TYLA project and why? I’m loving the wellness initiative. It is so needed. See http://texaslawyercare.tyla.org/.

What tips can you give to other attorneys to manage stress? It’s OK to say no. It’s OK to turn off your phone.

What do you do in your spare time? I don’t have spare time? Camp. Read. Chase kids.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you? I go on archeology digs.