September 2008



Meet the TYLA Board


October 3-4
ABA YLD Fall Conference - San Diego, CA

October 6
TYLA grant checks mailed to TYLA Local Affiliate grant recipients

October 17
TYLA deadline to receive TYLA Minority Scholarship applications

October 20
TYLA deadline to receive second committee report

November 7-8
TYLA Board of Directors meeting -- St. Anthony, San Antonio

November 11
Holiday -- Veteran's Day
Texas Law Center closed

November 18
New Lawyers' Induction Ceremony -- Frank Erwin Center, Austin

November 27-28
Holiday -- Thanksgiving
Texas Law Center closed


Meet the NEW TYLA Board

Sylvia A. Cardona, San Antonio

Clay B. Scheitzach, Dallas

Kirsten Barron Cohoon, Houston

Natalie Cobb Koehler, Meridian

David Anderson, Dallas

Cori A. Harbour, El Paso

C.E. Rhodes, Houston

William W. Miller, Jr., Texarkana


Hector A. Beltrán, El Paso
Natasha L. Brooks, Midland
Kelly L. Burris, Dallas
J. Brett Busby, Houston
Alfonso Cabañas, San Antonio
Hon. Rob Cañas, Dallas
Jeff Chandler, San Angelo
Kelly-Ann F. Clarke, Galveston
Carvana Y. Cloud, Houston
Adrienne M. Clements, Fort Worth
David C. Courreges, Austin
Geoff A. Gannaway, Houston
Israel Garcia, San Antonio
Don Jones, Corpus Christi
Natalie Cobb Koehler, Meridian
Keith L Krueger, College Station
Demetra Liggins, Houston
Alyssa Long, San Antonio
Christy Martin, Houston
John Massouh, Amarillo
Jennifer Evans Morris, Dallas
Chike Okpara, Austin
Daniel Peugh, Denton
Connie H. Pfeiffer, Houston
Kristy Sims Piazza, Plano
Donato D. Ramos, Jr., Laredo
Jaime S. Rangel, Corpus Christi
Kenneth C. Riney, Dallas
Jobe Rodgers, Lubbock
Paul Tu, Houston
Brooke Ulrickson, Fort Worth
Rebecca Vela, McAllen
John D. West, Jr., Beaumont
Kristie Wright, Texarkana


Justice Dale Wainwright, Texas Supreme Court

Jeff Edwards, Access To Justice

Kirby D. Hopkins, ABA YLD District 25

Christopher Rogers, ABA YLD District 26

Dean Charles E. Cantú, Law School

Ian Pittman, Law Student


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  • Call for Volunteers to Assist Hurricane Ike Victims TYLA has received numerous inquiries seeking attorneys willing to volunteer their time or expertise to assist victims of Hurricane Ike. If you are willing to help, please click here and fill out the 2008 Disaster Response Volunteer Form for the State Bar of Texas.

    A training program for attorneys who would like to help answer legal questions, including FEMA-related questions, will take place Monday, Sept. 22, from 1:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Baker Botts, Houston, TX 32nd floor of One Shell Plaza, 910 Louisiana. The training is free and approved for 3.5 hours of MCLE credit. Please RSVP to

    Editor's Column

    Helping Others
    By Ken Riney

    Ken Riney

    When the TYLA eNews editorial board met last month to discuss the content of the September issue of eNews, it was decided this issue would focus on mentoring in our profession. Specifically, the articles would emphasize the importance of young lawyers mentoring other young lawyers, as well as law students, and feature mentoring opportunities for young lawyers. In other words, the theme of this issue was going to be “helping others.” (Cont.)

    Top Story

    Hurricane Ike Update
    By Brad Allen

    Brad Allen
    Dear Texas Young Lawyers:

    Hurricane Ike made a direct hit on Galveston and Houston early Saturday morning as a strong Category 2 hurricane. Parts of the Houston metro area, especially Galveston and many communities between Houston and the Gulf, experienced catastrophic damage. Many of the other surrounding and coastal communities also experienced significant damage. Wide spread power outages are expected to last for up to 4 weeks. While Ike was devastating to many, millions consider themselves blessed because their families are safe and their property damage was not severe. Please join us in praying for our entire community in Southeast Texas as we begin the hard task of cleaning up the mess and returning to work. (Cont.)

    Feature TYLA Affiliate

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a Match – DAYL's Mentor Match
    By Laura Benitez Geisler

    Ask any successful person about the secret to their success and almost all will give credit to a role model or mentor that was influential in their lives.  Why do you think that most award acceptance speeches start with a heartfelt thanks to those who have helped the recipient on their path to success?  Quite often, people have different mentors for different phases of their lives.  The mentor who influenced your decision to practice law may be different from the person who mentors you in your specific practice area or in managing work-life balance.  (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, Ken Riney or Rebecca Vela.


    Feature TYLA Project

    Ten Minute Mentor Goes to Law School
    By Kelly L. Burris

    Kelly L. Burris
    In the spirit of continuing to improve and expand on already great service projects, the Texas Young Lawyers Association is pleased to announce the addition of “Ten Minute Mentor Goes to Law School ” to its Ten Minute Mentor website. The new section will be specifically geared toward the concerns and questions of law students and those planning to attend law school. (Cont.)


    Tips for Young Lawyers

    Lawyers And Practice Statistics
    By Brooke Ulrickson

    Brooke Ulrickson
    Just graduated, passed the bar or thinking of changing jobs? Ever wonder about the lawyers statistics? There may be some help when deciding your career path. Below are a few statistics that may be of some interest to you. For more information, go to the State Bar website or click here.

    Did you know there are approximately 70,000 licensed attorneys in Texas? With approximately 22,859,968 people in Texas, that ratio of attorneys to the population is 1:328. (Cont.)


    Articles of Interest

    On Campus Interviews
    By Ian Pittman

    Ian Pittman
    It's that time of year at law schools around the state – OCI time.  For many second year law students experiencing on campus interviews for the first time, it is the time when the novelty of 1L year has worn off, and the realization sets in that after years of being a professional student, it actually might be time to start thinking about being a professional.  Some students find the rigmarole of on campus interviews (with the attendant firm receptions, dinners, and various other avenues for the recruiters to get to know their upcoming interviewees) exciting, while other students find it nerve wracking.  However a student feels about the OCI process, one thing is certain – it's hard to ignore.  However, as a 3L at UT Law, I'd like to argue for my fellow law students around the state to take OCI a little less seriously. (Cont.)


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

    Upcoming Events

    TexasBarCLE is hosting a webcast CLE, "Client and Business Information Recovery: Ike is Gone...What Now?" On October 7 from 12:30-1:30 that is free to those who were in the impacted counties ($80 for others).

    Doctor and Lawyer Volunteers Needed for Drug Education Program

    Since 1992 the Interprofessional Drug Education Alliance (IDEA) has teamed physicians and attorneys to speak with youth about the medical and legal effects of illegal drug use.  The program, supported primarily by HYLA and HBA volunteers, is open to all TYLA members. IDEA targets 5 th grade students in Harris County schools, but we are working with local school districts to expand the program throughout the greater Houston community.  (Cont.)

    Take Note

    Ten Minute Mentor has more than 20 free videos for attorneys about disaster response and recovery. Click "view index by category" and choose "disaster response." Click here for more disaster resources for attorneys .

    TYLA Annual Report 2007-2008
    Want to know how TYLA is serving its members and the community? Then be sure to read the 2007-2008 annual report, which details the activities of TYLA during the 2007-2008 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 2008, you will need to sign up for your committees again. Committee memberships are reset each year on June 1.

    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

    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

    2008-2009 YouTube Contest: Ideals that Unite Us
    What are the ideals that unite us as citizens of this country? That's the theme of the State Bar's new YouTube video contest. To enter the contest, create a video no longer than three minutes that captures your vision of the ideals that unite us as Texans. You must be a Texas resident or an attorney licensed to practice in Texas.

    Online entry forms will be available by October 1, 2008. The deadline for entries is March 16, 2009. You can enter the contest as an individual or as part of a group. We encourage local bar associations to submit their own video entry. The call for entries video and additional contest details can be found at

    Make New Connections with Texas Bar Circle
    Nearly 5,000 of your peers have joined Texas Bar Circle - our new social and professional network for Texas lawyers. Join today and reconnect with colleagues, find jobs, explore opportunities, and have fun. The power of Texas Bar Circle is in the connections you will make. Visit

    Member Benefits Program
    Are you looking for ways to save this summer? Take advantage of 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 .