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: Michael Hanson

Employer/Organization: Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office/Texas Army National Guard

Practice Area(s): Juvenile Law, Criminal Law, Military Law

Why did you join the TYLA board? I was invited by former director Brandon Draper to help with recruiting for TYLA’s National Trial Competition and in the process fell in love with TYLA. The attorneys volunteering were humble, hardworking, intelligent, and passionate. After that experience, I knew that I could step up and enjoy serving my community and state as a regional director and as a byproduct better myself as a leader and attorney all at the same time.

What advice would you give to other TYLA members who are looking for ways to grow professionally? Don’t let the anxiety of the unknown rob you of your opportunities and future blessings. Simply show up. Growth is dependent on activity and showing up is half the battle.

Before joining the TYLA board, what is your favorite experience with community or public service? I have enjoyed volunteering with Houston Welcomes Refugees, welcoming refugee families from Afghanistan, Congo, and El Salvador. There is something special about welcoming those in dire need to the USA and assisting them through the resettlement process.

What was your favorite movie, TV show, musical artist, or song from high school/college? Tombstone; “I’m your Huckleberry.”