Featured DBA Member
Each month a 2014 Section or Committee Chair is selected as a featured member. This month we are pleased to feature:
Karen D. McCloud, P.C.
Solo & Small Firm Section Chair
The University of Texas at Austin / Georgetown University Law Center
Years Practicing: 14
How Have You Been Involved in the DBA?
I have served on the Board of Directors since 2008. I am also currently the Chair of the Solo & Small Firm Section (Vice-Chair, 2013 and Treasurer, 2012) and served on the Community Service Fund Board of Directors in 2010. In addition, I have been Co-Chair, Vice-Chair, and/or Board Advisor to numerous DBA Committees and Sections including the Admissions and Membership Committee, Entertainment Committee, Lawyer Referral Services Committee, LegalLine Committee, Library Committee and Family Law Section.
What Do You Like Most About the DBA?
The relationships and friendships I have developed through my involvement in the Bar. Lawyers are some of the most charitable and compassionate people in the world. Some of the most charitable and compassionate lawyers live in Dallas. Fortunately, for the members of the DBA because of our home, the Belo Mansion, we get the unique opportunity to network, dine, converse and get to know these lawyers on a daily basis.
What Drew You to Your Area of Practice
My primary practice is representing employees in disputes against employers. I am drawn to this practice area and passionate about it because I am "literally” unable to shut up and not speak out against something I believe is wrong. I grew up thinking Martin Luther King, Jr. was a lawyer. I wanted to be MLK. I wanted to be an agent for change. I wanted to be the force to make "the powers that be" do the right thing. Practicing employment law permits me the opportunity to make a small difference in the world and a bigger difference in the lives of my clients.
Most Rewarding Moment in Your Practice?
The "most" rewarding moment in my practice is hopefully yet to come. I am rewarded each time I successfully assist a client move past the stress and grief of job loss to acceptance of the reality of what has occurred, which permits the employee to move to the next phase in life stronger and sooner.
What Makes You Most Proud of Being a Lawyer?
The clients! Well, truthfully, some of the clients. I am proud of being a lawyer because I am able to correct wrongdoing. For a lot of employees, job loss is one of the most stressful times in life. For some, jobs are much more than just the way they make a living. Jobs influence how people see themselves, as well as the way others see them. Jobs give structure, purpose and meaning.