March 9, 2018

Member Spotlight: Francesca DiTroia

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 since 2015. Becoming part of a community is important to me. ABA has allowed me to meet new people and broaden my view about what we, collectively, can do that will make a difference in Central Texas.

What do you like most about being in the legal field?

In law we can be investigators, puzzle solvers and advocates all at the same time. We’re trained in a complex discipline that is meant to help people. The sense of satisfaction I get from that can’t even be expressed.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you be?

It is hard to imagine being anything else! I could have become an engineer like my father, or a veterinarian or a surgeon. But frankly, it was always law as my first choice.

What’s the craziest job (other than lawyer) that you’ve had?

Party clown. I tried it as a teenager in an effort to get over my fear of clowns, but that backfired pretty badly.

If you were a character in a movie or a TV show, which character would you be?

Zoe Saldaña as Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. She manages to handle a rowdy but talented bunch of personalities, is honest even if it hurts, has a dry sense of humor, and has amazing martial arts skills.

What have you been doing in the community, and how is that making your world a better place to be?

I’m on the board of directors for the Austin Young Lawyers Association and Team Leader in the Barbara Jordan Inn of Court. I have also become involved in Mock Trial competition for both high school and law school students as a coach and a judge. It’s incredibly rewarding to see the next generation getting involved with the profession, and frequently astonishing to see just how well they can do so early on.

While coaching the Akins High School Mock Trial teams for the YMCA Youth & Government Competition, I became aware that many of the students did not have suits to wear for the competition. Along with help from the ABA and the Barbra Jordan Inn of Court, we were able to surprise the kids with new clothes to wear for their mock trials. The kids’ reaction to their new suits made my year.