Young Lawyers in Schools

The Young Lawyers in Schools committee provides oversight and support to the Read to Succeed program, Houston Urban Debate League, Lean into Law, TAPP, and the Know Your Rights Program. The committee also plans and participates in the Business Etiquette program.

For more information, contact Lucy Cain, HYLA's Executive Director.

Read to Succeed Program

HYLA and HYLF have implemented a brand new program, Read To Succeed, which affords a small group of HYLA members the wonderful opportunity to read to young students on a regular basis. The Read To Succeed volunteers meet with the third grade classes at Burnet Elementary School on the east side of downtown every other Friday for one hour. While the program is certainly mean to help the students with their reading and understanding in the short-term, the main focus of Read To Succeed is to stress the long-term importance of reading and its direct link to graduation rates.

To volunteer, please contact Lucy Cain, HYLA's Executive Director.

Houston Urban Debate League (HUDL)

HYLA provides volunteers to help coach and judge local high students that participate in the Urban Debate League’s tournaments. They also help fund the Urban Debate League by holding a fundraiser that benefits the students of the HUDL.

    For more information, contact Lucy Cain, HYLA's Executive Director.

    Lean in to Law/Ms. JD

    HYLA partners with local schools to encourage a small group of female high school students to pursue law as a career, providing resources and education about the opportunities and obstacles involved in doing so. Through this Committee’s partnership with the Harris County Independent School District (HISD) and respective high schools, an after-school seminar and dinner for 20-40 of its female students is hosted. The Lean In to Law program begins with several brief presentations from young female attorneys and law students who are HYLA members, on topics including why and how the presenters chose law as a career, the advantages and challenges of being a woman in the legal profession, and the practical steps to take to become a lawyer. Following the presentations, the students break up into small groups for dinner and discussion led by HYLA members. These discussions center on practical ways for young women to take ownership of their careers, including taking risks, “sitting at the table,” finding one’s voice, and conquering the imposter syndrome and insecurity, all with a focus on careers in the legal industry. Finally, following dinner, the students participate in one-on-one or two-on-one “speed mentoring,” in which HYLA members sit in a circle or row and the students rotate from one attorney or student to the next.

    For more information, contact Lucy Cain, HYLA's Executive Director.

    Tomorrow's Attorney Pipeline Program (TAPP)

      The award-winning Tomorrow’s Attorney Pipeline Program (“TAPP”) focuses on increasing diversity in the legal profession by providing underserved and underprivileged sophomore school students with concrete, motivating opportunities to learn about the legal profession. TAPP students participate in two programs: (1) career awareness presentations, whereby volunteer attorneys travel to the participating high schools to present to the students in the program about the practice of law and the path to becoming an attorney; and (2) a field trip whereby those same high school students travel to the Harris County Civil Courthouse to view court proceedings, speak with judges, participate in an experiential case discussion, and learn about jury service.

      For more information, contact Lucy Cain, HYLA's Executive Director.

      Know Your Rights

      The mission of HYLA’s Know Your Rights program is to educate high school aged students on their rights with regards to police interactions in an effort to reduce conflict and promote healthy relationships with police officers.

      For more information, contact the program lead.