Meet Austin Bar member, Devin Black.
How long have you been a member of the Austin Bar and what is your favorite thing about the organization?
I became a member of the Austin Bar in 2013 and have been grateful for everything the organization has provided to the community in that time. In addition to being a great entry point into the vast network of like-minded professional attorneys in the area, the Austin Bar’s consistent commitment to pro bono opportunities speaks directly to the level of professionals the organization provides to the community and as a Care Commitment recipient for the past two year, touches the very basic reason most of us became lawyers in the first place.
What do you like most about being in the legal field?
Every occupation has utility, but there are few fields like the law that provide a direct, tangible effect in a client’s life that you can see and work through hand-in-hand with the client. People come to us because they have a significant problem in their lives that needs our attention. I have the chance to walk through it with them from beginning to the end. This is especially clear when I have the chance the help local nonprofits and small businesses with dreams of changing Austin for the better.
What’s the craziest job (other than lawyer) that you’ve had?
While working at the Transportation Security Administration in undergrad, I was able to spend a few months as a bomb appraisal officer, in which it was my job to put together things that looked like bombs and to try and get them past the security check points at the airport. Making a Tickle Me Elmo into a destructive device is not something I remember being offered at Career Day in high school.
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