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: Hisham A. Masri

Employer/Organization: Flowserve Corporation

Practice Area(s): Labor and Employment Law

Why did you join the TYLA board? In short, to make a difference. I am the first lawyer in my family, and I want to help law students and young lawyers with navigating this old and noble profession. I also want to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially within the legal profession.

What advice would you give to other TYLA members who are looking for ways to grow professionally? Focus on your brand, and your local bar association can help. Your local bar association can help you create and promote projects focused on your passions. Your leadership on those projects then helps your reputation grow, and more people will know you as someone with a particular character. Find your passions and volunteer for opportunities to talk about those passions.

Before joining the TYLA board, what is your favorite experience with community or public service? My favorite experience was organizing the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Dinner and Dialogue series for the Lawyers Promoting Diversity Committee. It felt meaningful to help young lawyers, and we felt recognized for the work with our fantastic event turnout.

What was your favorite movie, TV show, musical artist, or song from high school/college? My favorite musical artist from high school was Linkin Park. Runners-up were Eminem and Rascal Flatts.