TYLA Officers


Rebekah Steely Brooker, President


Dustin M. Howell, Chair


Sam Houston, Vice President


Baili B. Rhodes, Secretary


John W. Shaw, Treasurer


C. Barrett Thomas, President-elect


Priscilla D. Camacho, Chair-elect


Kristy Blanchard, Immediate Past President

TYLA Directors


Amanda A. Abraham, District 1


Sharesa Y. Alexander, Minority At-Large Director


Raymond J. Baeza, District 14

    Aaron J. Burke, District 5, Place 1

Aaron T. Capps, District 5, Place 2


D. Lance Currie, District 5, Place 3


Laura W. Docker, District 10, Place 1

    Andrew Dornburg, District 21
    John W. Ellis, District 8, Place 2
    Zeke Fortenberry, District 4

Bill Gardner, District 5, Place 4


Morgan L. Gaskin, District 6, Place 5

    Nick Guinn, District 18, Place 1

Adam C. Harden, District 6, Place 6


Amber L. James, District 17


Curtis W. Lucas, District 9

    Rudolph K. Metayer, District 8, Palce 1

Laura Pratt, District 3

    Sally Pretorius, District 8, Place 2

Baili B. Rhodes, District 2


Alex B. Roberts, District 6, Place 3

    Eduardo Romero, District 19
    Michelle P. Scheffler, District 6, Place 2

John W. Shaw, District 10, Place 2

    Nicole Soussan, District 6, Place 4
    L. Brook Stuntebeck, District 11

C. Barrett Thomas, District 15

    Judge Amanda N. Torres, Minority At-Large Director

Shannon Steel White, District 12

    Brandy Wingate Voss, District 13
    Veronica S. Wolfe, District 18, Place 2

Baylor Wortham, District 7

    Alex Yarbrough, District 16


Justice Paul W. Green, Supreme Court Liaison


Jenny Smith, Access To Justice Liaison


Brandon Crisp, ABA YLD District 25 Representative


Travis Patterson, ABA/YLD District 26 Representative


Assistant Dean Jill Nikirk, Law School Liaison


Belashia Wallace, Law Student Liaison


TYLA Office

Tracy Brown, Director of Administration
Bree Trevino, Project Coordinator

Michelle Palacios, Office Manager
General Questions: tyla@texasbar.com

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 12487, Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711-2487
(800) 204-2222 ext. 1529
FAX: (512) 427-4117

Street Address

1414 Colorado, 4th Floor
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 427-1529


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Editor's Column

Editor's Column

Fall—Possibly the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
By:  Laura Hale, Sprouse Shrader Smith P.C.

I am fortunate enough to live in a part of the state where I get to experience all four seasons throughout the year. While each season has something great to offer, fall is by far my personal favorite. The weather has finally cooled down from the dog days of summer and the fall foliage creates a beautiful tapestry for everyone to enjoy. One can spend entire weekends totally devoted to watching their favorite high-school, college, and professional teams play football. Pumpkin pastries and lattes are finally available at the coffee shop of your choice. Kids are solidly in the routine of school and extracurricular activities, and Halloween costumes and bite-sized candy can be found lurking around every corner. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Halloween occurs in October. It allows chocaholics like me the opportunity to hide those extra “fun-sized candy” pounds with an oversized sweater.

October is also the calm before the storm in a sense. It’s the last month before the holiday craziness officially begins. In no time, cooks of all skill levels will be flooding message boards and Pinterest in search of the perfect Thanksgiving recipes. Stores will be filled with those like me who swear every year they will have all of their holiday shopping done by August but never succeed, and airports will be full of holiday travelers. Try to take some time this month to live in the moment and partake in your favorite fall activities. Before you know it, your already jam-packed schedules will become even more hectic and chaotic with the obligations of the holidays.

Young lawyers across the state have started the fall with a bang. In this issue of eNews, you will read about TYLA’s quarterly board meeting in McAllen. As a new director to the TYLA board, I consider it both an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to serve my district alongside such a talented group of lawyers. You will also read about lawyers in the Austin area who put together a Pro Bono Prom benefitting Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. Our tips for young lawyers focuses on transactional attorneys and gives them tips for their practice area, and our article of interest concentrates on what to do when representing franchisees.

It’s definitely an exciting time to be a Texas young lawyer. Happy fall, y’all!