DAYL President’s Page


April, 2018

Throughout the month of April, we will be posting videos and photos on Facebook and Instagram of current and past DAYL leaders sharing reasons why every young lawyer in Dallas should be a member of DAYL. I believe strongly that joining DAYL is one of the best decisions a young lawyer can make at the start of his or her career in Dallas, but when we filmed videos and I solicited quotes for our #WhyDAYL Social Media Campaign, it was remarkable to hear this reaffirmed time and time again by others that I respect so much. Through these videos and quotes, you will hear from many current and past DAYL leaders, including judges, DBA Presidents, and others, as to why DAYL was an important part of their own development.

You don’t have to take my word for #WhyDAYL. Michael K. Hurst, the 2018 Dallas Bar Association President, believes that there is no better organization for training young leaders than the DAYL and he also credits DAYL for the success he has had as a business trial lawyer and a bar leader. Current DAYL Leadership Class Facilitator Terry James describes the impact DAYL has on the Dallas community as DAYL members support community service projects and other initiatives so that Dallas can be “the place that we all want to live.” He encourages DAYL members to get involved because “DAYL is an organization that can really pour into you if you do the same.” Sanford Holmes, Co-Chair of the DAYL Lawyers Promoting Diversity Committee, praised DAYL for providing interactions that shape young lawyers into the leaders we need who “reflect and understand the diversity of our community.” Paige Tackett, a current member of the DAYL Board of Directors, came to Dallas after attending law school out-of-state and says in DAYL she found “my identity, my confidence, and my support system.” Marisa Jeffrey, another Board Member, is proud of DAYL for consistently demonstrating “its commitment to advance the careers of young female lawyers through mentorship, fellowship, and professional programming,” and specifically, for the development of the Women’s Mentoring Circles and Continuing the Conversation Programs.

Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn says the DAYL is “nothing but good,” and she thinks it is the “single best way that a person can get integrated into the legal profession.”

I could not agree more. When I’m telling new members about DAYL, I always say there is something for everyone. And I sincerely mean that. If you need CLE credit, you can join us for some of the best CLE programming in town. If you are thinking of starting your own firm, you can attend the Solo & Small Firm Summit. If you’re interested in networking, you can come to our monthly socials. If you need trial experience, you can participate in the Trial Skills CLE Series (including the Trial Skills Boot Camp in the summer) or you can sit “second chair” with seasoned criminal lawyers in criminal jury trials through the Second Chair Program. If you have a passion for community service, you can join us at a Generation Generosity Service Project. If you are looking for CLE specific to transactional lawyers, you can attend the Deal Boot Camp. If you want to play intramural sports, we have groups that play basketball, kickball, and softball. If you want to mingle with our Dallas judiciary, you can attend the Social with the Judges in the Spring or the Dinner with the Judiciary in the Fall. If you are interested in leadership development opportunities, you can participate in the DAYL Leadership Class, get involved in one of our more than 25 committees, or even run for the DAYL Board of Directors.

Being a member of the DAYL has made me a more well-rounded lawyer, it has developed and widened my network in Dallas, and it has given me countless leadership and service opportunities.

If you aren’t already a member of the DAYL for 2018, please visit and join today (please keep in mind that membership in DAYL is not limited to “young lawyers,” defined by DAYL as 36 or under or practicing for 5 years or less for purposes of voting in our board elections; DAYL membership is available to lawyers of all ages and experience levels)! To keep up with our #WhyDAYL Social Media Campaign, make sure you are following us on Facebook through our page titled “Dallas Association of Young Lawyers”) and on Instagram @dallasyounglawyers, and please consider sharing our posts to help us spread the word about #WhyDAYL.

Good, Better, Best,
Jennifer Ryback
DAYL President