TCYLA at the Bar Leaders Conference

Tarrant County Bar Executive Director Megan Cooley, TCYLA Board members Martin Garcia, Chris Gee, and Andrea Palmer, and TYLA District 10, Place 2 Director Chris Stoy.

This past weekend, several members of TCYLA’s leadership attended the annual Bar Leaders Conference in Houston, hosted by the State Bar of Texas. It was a great opportunity for current and future officers to network with other bar associations, hear from state bar leaders, and attend workshops intended to improve our local organization.

During the opening luncheon, participants heard from keynote speaker Vicki Clark, who is a national expert on building the capacity of organizations. Ms. Clark stressed the importance of SERVANT LEADERSHIP, which encourages organization leaders to focus on the needs of the membership, embrace change, and constantly be thinking of creative ways to engage.

Throughout the weekend attendees were offered a variety of ways to put those principles into motion through attending various workshops and hearing from experts on topics such as leading a board of directors, engaging with localschools, and maximizing grant requests. Several sessions also allowed local affiliates to showcase their own successful projects in hopes that they could be replicated in other communities. Chris Gee, President-Elect of the TCYLA, gave a presentation on TCYLA’s “Clothes for the Indigent” project, which stocks local courtrooms with suits and professional attire for low-income clients so they can look and feel their best when they have their day in court.

Overall, it was an honor to help represent Tarrant County to bar leaders across the state and a great opportunity for our leaders to bring some fresh ideas and perspectives back to Fort Worth. We’re looking forward to a great bar year and seeing many of you at our upcoming events this fall!

Chris Gee speaking at “Projects Projects Projects!” session.

Vicki Clark presentation.