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 R. Bauerle

Firm: GoransonBain Ausley

Area of Law You Practice: Family Law

Position Held in TYLA: District 4 Director

How did you get involved in bar service? I was in the LeadershipSBOT Class of 2018-2019 and absolutely fell in love with bar service. I served on a State Bar committee soon after, and I was hooked!

What is your favorite TYLA project and why? The Evidence Guide Project (still in progress). The rollout will provide practical tools for any court appearance. It will be a handy resource to bring to the courthouse, and the information is helpful to both the new and seasoned attorney. I also found that it helped me brush up on some evidentiary issues that I do not regularly encounter.

What tips can you give to other attorneys to manage stress? The importance of self-care cannot be overstated. Never underestimate the value of a healthy meal, drinking water, exercise, and a full night’s sleep. Whenever your practice gets crazy, the temptation is to throw all this out the window. Resist that urge. It is when it feels like the walls are closing in that you need that meal/sleep/gym time the most. It will help you stay fresh and focused, and I find I am at my sharpest when I stick to that routine.

What is a piece of advice you would give new lawyers or law students? Jump into leadership roles early. Whether it is with the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, or a local bar, you will be surprised to find there is a huge need for those with the desire to commit to it. When I began to get involved, I was amazed to see all the openings—all you have to do is ask and someone will find a place for you.

What do you do in your spare time? I spend time with family, which is my beautiful wife, Laura, and two-year-old twins Blake and Kate.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you? In law school I ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, and completed the race while sustaining only a minor injury.

Anything else you wish to share? TYLA has some great resources online that are useful for just about every practice area and for any level of experience. I recommend everyone check it out! Go to https://tyla.org/.