May 2008



Meet the TYLA Board


May 26
SBOT Closed -Memorial Day

June 13
ABA-YLD Awards of Achievement Deadline

June 24-26
TYLA's State Moot Court Competition, Houston

June 26-27
SBOT Annual Meeting, Houston

Meet the TYLA Board


William W. Miller, Jr., President
Mary E. Reveles,
Cori A. Harbour,
Vice President
Jennifer Evans Morris, Secretary
Chad P. Ellis,
Sylvia A. Cardona,
Clay B. Scheitzach,
Karin Crump,
Immediate Past President


David Anderson, Dallas
Natasha L. Brooks, Midland
Kelly L. Burris, Dallas
Rob Cañas, Dallas
Sylvia A. Cardona,
San Antonio
Jeff Chandler, San Angelo
C. Davis Chapman,
Fort Worth
Kelly-Ann F. Clarke, Galveston
Adrienne M. Clements,
Fort Worth
Kirsten Barron Cohoon, Houston
David C. Courreges, Austin
Rabecca Cross, Houston
Israel Garcia, San Antonio
Lisa Guerra, Richmond
Clint Harbour, Austin
Cori A. Harbour, El Paso
Christopher L. Jensen, Amarillo
Natalie Cobb Koehler, Meridian
Demetra Liggins, Houston
Christy Martin, Houston
Errin Martin, Sherman
Brian C. Miller, Corpus Christi
Daniel Peugh, Denton
Connie H. Pfeiffer, Houston
Heath C. Poole,
College Station
Donato D. Ramos, Jr., Laredo
Jaime S. Rangel,
Corpus Christi
C.E. Rhodes, Houston
Jobe Rodgers, Lubbock
Rebecca Vela, McAllen
John D. West, Jr., Beaumont
Kristie Wright, Texarkana


Justice Dale Wainwright,
Texas Supreme Court
Jeff Edwards,
Access To Justice Liaison
Kimberly Burke,
ABA/YLD District 25
Chris Rogers,
ABA/YLD District 26
Dean Toben,
Law School Liaison
Nicole Baker,
Law Student Liaison

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Bree Trevino, Office Manager


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  • Top Story

    Harbour Elected TYLA President-elect
    By Clay Scheitzach

    Cori Harbour of the Harbour Law Firm, P.C. in El Paso was elected TYLA President-elect. She will assume the duties of President in June 2009. Currently serving as the TYLA vice-president, Harbour has been on the board of directors since 2003.

    Congratulations to all newly elected 2008-2009 TYLA officers and directors!

    Click here to see the roster.


    Feature TYLA Affiliate

    Dallas Lawyers Support Operation Kindness
    By Elizabeth Synder Holland

    On Thursday, April 17, 2008, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Animal Welfare Committee hosted a happy hour to benefit Operation Kindness, the oldest and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. The event, sponsored by Courtroom Sciences, Inc., took place at Campisi's Restaurant downtown. Attendees included lawyers, judges, and professionals from throughout the DFW metroplex. In addition to a happy hour, the Committee hosted a silent auction, and participants were able to bid on over fifty great items, including an iPhone and tickets on Southwest Airlines. (Cont.)

    Please email the TYLA office if there are any changes to your local affiliates contact information.

    If your affiliate has an upcoming event that you would like featured in eNews, please forward the information to Bree Trevino or contact eNews Co-Chairs Brad Allen, Rabecca Cross or Connie Pfeiffer.

    Feature TYLA Project

    Legal Advocacy for Cancer Patients
    By Brad A. Allen

    TYLA co-sponsored a CLE with the ABA Breast Cancer Task Force, South Texas College of Law Health Law Society, Houston Bar Association and HYLA entitled Legal Advocacy for Cancer Patients on April 4, 2008 at South Texas College of Law in downtown Houston. The purpose of the CLE was to discuss legal topics that touch the lives of those dealing with cancer, such as employment law, insurance matters, liability issues, basic guardianship, and wills and estates, from a patients', providers' and attorneys' perspective. The goal was to educate the public and lawyers about the legal issues that may arise for people fighting cancer and to provide the attorneys with a good basis of knowledge for how to help. (Cont.)

    Tips for Young Lawyers

    Counseling Your Client in Basic Trademark Law
    By D. Jeremy Harrison

    In today's increasingly competitive marketplace, brand recognition has a significant impact on sales, and as such, the trademarks that protect a company's brands are valuable assets. The heavily protected Coca-Cola® brand, for example, was valued at over $65 billion in 2007 and represented products world wide. However, despite the value of a brand, estimates suggest that more than half of US companies' trademarks remain unprotected, and it seems likely that the majority of unprotected brands may result from a lack of counseling. (Cont.)


    Articles of Interest

    Top Ten Tips for Dealing with Summer Associates

    As the Texas summer heats up, the eNews sought the advice of some more experienced young lawyers to compile this “Top Ten” list to help you in preparing for your summer recruiting programs. (Please note: Those of you without a sense of humor need not read any further.) (Cont.)

    An Important Month For Insurance Litigators in Texas

    Several important rulings in February 2008 will have a profound impact on insurance litigation in Texas. The following is a brief summary of three cases that will leave a lasting impression on companies doing business in Texas: (Cont.)


    Young Lawyers Meet Their Legislators on ABA Day

    On a recent spring day in Washington, D.C., young lawyers from around the country strolled into the offices of their Senators and Representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives and expressed their opinions about some of today's pressing issues.

    These young professionals were not paid lobbyists. Many had never been to Washington before. They were participating in ABA Day, an annual, coordinated effort by the American Bar Association to have its members meet with and educate their Senators and Representatives about issues of particular concern to the bar. (Cont.)

    The 2008 Spring Conference in Washington, DC

    The ABA YLD recently held its Spring Conference in Washington , DC on April 16-19, 2008. In addition to offering ABA YLD conference attendees with the opportunity to participate in ABA Day, this year's ABA YLD Spring Conference offered an impressive array of programming and activities in concert with the ABA 's Section on Litigation. As a result, this year's Spring Conference featured top-of-the-line CLE presentations, informative topical roundtables, and excellent networking opportunities with the top litigators and bar leaders from across the nation. (Cont.)

    If you have any questions about ABA/YLD conferences or projects, please contact: Kimberly Burke, ABA/YLD District 25 Representative or Chris Rogers, ABA /YLD District 26 Representative through these email links.

    Upcoming Events

    2008 Annual Meeting
    George R. Brown Convention Center and Hilton Americas

    Your Registration Includes:

    • Admission to all CLE programs
    • A flash drive that contains all CLE materials
    • Admission to all Annual Meeting sponsored breakfasts and luncheons: Thursday's continental breakfast, the Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon, the Bench Bar Breakfast, and the General Session Luncheon

    Don't Miss These Exciting Educational Events!

    • Bench Bar Breakfast and CLE – This seminar features The Art of Oral Advocacy with speaker David Frederick (who has argued 21 cases in front of the U. S. Supreme Court) and How Television Impacts Jurors with communications guru Marty Kaplan.
    • Future of the Profession CLE – Learn from the experts what is in store for the future of the legal profession. This track includes a panel discussion, The Future of Texas Cities, with San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, and Houston Mayor Bill White.
    • Joint CLE tracks by the Business Law and Corporate Counsel Sections
    • Section-sponsored CLE with top-notch speakers from a variety of legal practice areas
    • Diversity Forum – A lively discussion about the issues facing minority and women attorneys and how law firms, corporations, and the State Bar of Texas are addressing these concerns.
    • General Session Luncheon and Debate – This luncheon offers the opportunity to bid farewell to State Bar President Gib Walton, welcome Incoming President Harper Estes, and listen to a Litigation Section sponsored debate about immigration Mark Krikorian, David A. Martin, and Cecilia Munoz.
    • Open Government Seminar sponsored by the State Bar of Texas Public Affairs Committee

    Remember the Social Aspect!

    • Enjoy a variety of receptions sponsored by law schools and sections.
    • Dance the night away at the black tie optional Presidents' Gala featuring live music from the 10-piece show band, The Rockets.
    • Celebrate a successful year at the TYLA Annual Meeting/Reception.

    Register Now!

    Take Note

    The Texas Young Lawyer Association is adding new segments to the Ten Minute Mentor library. Ten Minute Mentor is a TYLA project that debuted in 2004 as a means for sharing concise and practical advice that is always accessible online. Since that time, it has proven its enduring appeal as one of TYLA's most successful projects. More than 50,000 people have visited the site, and we continue to average more than 2,000 segments viewed each month. You can visit the site at

    Our upcoming taping session will be in:

    • Houston at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting on June 26, 2008 from 9am to 5pm.

    If you are interested in presenting a topic, please contact Connie Pfeiffer (Houston); David Courreges (Austin); or Chris Rogers (Dallas).

    Support Pro Bono Legal Services and Let Everyone Know It!

    The Texas Young Lawyers Association needs your help to support and promote free legal services for indigent Texans by purchasing a specialty license plate. The license plate proudly states that you support "Justice for All" and can be purchased for only $30.00 per year.
    $25.00 from the purchase of each plate will be deposited into an account
    supporting legal services to the poor. If you would like that plate personalized, you can get your plate for $70.00 per year. To purchase your plate today, simply fill out an application and send your check, payable to the Texas Department of Transportation, to the following address:
    Vehicle Titles and Registration Division (SPB)
    Texas Department of Transportation
    Austin, TX 78779-0001

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    Member Benefits Program
    Are you looking for ways to save money in 2008? Start the New Year off with exclusive money-saving offers from the State Bar of Texas Member Benefits Program. Bar members are eligible for discounts on products and services including car rental, clothing, computer hardware and software, office supplies, and more. For details on the State Bar Member Benefits Program, visit

    TYLA Annual Report 2007
    Want to know how TYLA is serving its members and the community? Then be sure to read the 2007 annual report, which details the activities of TYLA during the 2006-2007 Bar year. Click here for a copy or call 800-204-2222, ext. 1529 and we'll send you a copy.

    Get Involved and Sign Up Today!

    If you want to be involved as an active volunteer in TYLA, now is the best time. The new Bar year is just getting underway, and you can get in on the ground floor and really help shape the work of our public or member service committees of your choice. Visit our website to find out more about TYLA committees and their focus ... then sign up online!

    Please note: if you signed up for a committee prior to June 2007, you will need to sign up for your committees again. Committee memberships are reset each year on June 1.