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: Alyson Martinez

Employer/Organization: Webb & Zapata County Community Supervision and Corrections Department

Practice Area(s): Adult Probation Director & Criminal Law

Why did you join the TYLA board? I joined the TYLA board after serving my local bar association and feeling a need to help my profession. Bringing that knowledge of what local bars need and striving to make the practice more inclusive and serving of all is what drives my commitment to TYLA.

What advice would you give to other TYLA members who are looking for ways to grow professionally? Reach out, offer a hand, join your local bars! The practice of law is ever-changing and can feel isolating at times. Grow your community with one another and help make this profession be as great as we all know it can be.

Before joining the TYLA board, what is your favorite experience with community or public service? I have always loved serving my community, and it is why I chose to practice law in my hometown of Laredo. This is the village that made me who I am, and I wanted to give back to it and help make it better. As attorneys, we are advocates and leaders, and we must always put our communities and their needs first.

What was your favorite movie, TV show, musical artist, or song from high school/college? Is it cliche for me to say Legally Blonde? If it is, I object!