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: Ashley Hymel

Employer/Organization: Hymel Law. I’m also a worship leader at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Practice Area(s): Small Business Formation and Transactions

Why did you join the TYLA board? I volunteered to help with TYLA’s National Trial Competition for several years and loved TYLA, so I joined the board when there was an opening in Houston.

What advice would you give to other TYLA members who are looking for ways to grow professionally? Learn to hear and trust your gut and intuition and stand behind it—it’s easy to cater to what partners and clients want early in your career, but your work and your life and your confidence benefit immensely when you learn to say yes only genuinely and say no when in doubt.

Before joining the TYLA board, what is your favorite experience with community or public service? National Trial Competition.

What was your favorite movie, TV show, musical artist, or song from high school/college? Panic! At The Disco.