June 26, 2015

Member Spotlight: Mysha Lubke

Meet Austin Bar/AYLA member, Mysha Lubke.mysha lubke

How long have you been a member of the Austin Bar and what is your favorite thing about the organization?
I’ve been a member of the Austin Bar Association and the Austin Young Lawyers Association for a little over two years, just about as long as I’ve been practicing law.  I really like how simple and convenient it is to get involved with the Austin Bar.  If you’re looking to meet others who have similar practices, there are many sections to choose from based on practice area.  And if you’re not ready to commit to one of the many committees, there are a number of one-off opportunities to volunteer or help plan events.  There really is something for everyone, and AYLA is a great entry-point for those new to the profession.

What do you like the most about being in the legal field?
It’s challenging:  so many moving parts and so many considerations go into every decision, and sometimes it comes naturally, sometimes it feels more formulaic like a science, and most times, it feels like it must be an art that takes time.   The more experienced lawyers I’ve worked with both within and outside my firm tell me it gets easier, and I love hearing those lawyers tell stories (surely embellished sometimes) of their experiences, or when cases went haywire, or impossible victories.  And the fact that even adverse attorneys are willing to give young attorneys a nudge in the right direction here or a word of advice there shows the kindness in this profession.

But I also chose law because I was looking for a profession that I could use to help those in need.  Taking pro bono cases makes it clear what a huge difference having an attorney on your side makes, and there are so many people in need who can’t get access to justice because they can’t afford an attorney or court fees. 

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you be?
A food and travel blogger.  I’m an adventurous eater and prefer adventure travel to urban tours.  I enjoy cooking and even more so, eating great food.  But enjoying food somewhere I’ve never been, near or far, is the icing on the cake.

What’s the craziest job (other than lawyer) that you’ve had?
I’m a CPA and worked in accounting and finance before becoming a lawyer.  I think few would describe those industries as crazy though they have their own quirks.  All of my past jobs have actually been pretty normal in retrospect.  My very first job was as an intern for the then-Mayor of Houston, the city where I grew up, and there was nothing crazy about that except the fact that I somehow got the job.

If you were a character in a TV show, which character would you be?
Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road is pretty awesome.  I admire her grit and her compassion.  The only legal TV show I’ve watched is The Good Wife, where Alicia Florrick and Diane Lockhart are the two main women trial lawyers, with different styles and approaches to their cases and lives.  And I’m not embarrassed to say that I take fashion cues from the on-screen wardrobes of the lady lawyers as well.

The member spotlight is planned as a new recurring feature on the Austin Bar website, subject to space availability.  If you are an Austin Bar member and would like to be considered for a spotlight, or if you would like to nominate a member for the spotlight, please contact Britni Rachal.