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

By: Laura Hale

I am writing this column a few days after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. It devastates me that events like this happen in our society. While I did not have any connection to the tragedy, my heart still aches for those who did. It’s difficult to find the positive in such a horrible situation, but I think it can be found if we look hard enough. For instance, I believe we were once again shown that humanity at its very core is still good. This was evidenced by the people in Boston who ran towards the flames and carnage to provide aid and move barricades. These people selflessly put the needs of others before their own, and they embody the very definition of the word hero. Undoubtedly, they give us all something to aspire to.

I don’t know about you, but the events of the last few days have made me slow down a little and reflect on my tiny corner of the world. Sometimes I get so busy with life and conquering my to-do list that I lose perspective on what’s important. I tend to forget how blessed I truly am and how grateful I am for the amazing people that have been placed in my life and the experiences I am fortunate enough to have. It’s sad but true. I never want to leave a kind word unsaid or an opportunity for gratitude unexpressed. I also never want to ignore the chance to help another person. I want to strive to find the good in every situation. I know I’m guilty of neglecting all of these things, so my four-months-into-the-year-resolution is to take baby steps to incorporate these concepts into my daily life. I don’t want another tragic event to have to jar me out of complacency and into doing the things I should have been doing all along.

In this issue of eNews you will find information on the election for the State Bar of Texas. You will also find a TYLA project overview from the projects we have been working on during the 2012-2013 bar year. Our local affiliate article focuses on a mentoring program for lawyers in Collin County, and the tips for young lawyers gives some insight into opening your own practice.