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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Feature TYLA Project

Feature TYLA Project

Catch up on Recent TYLA Projects
By:  C.E. Rhodes

The end of the TYLA Bar Year is quickly approaching. Here is a quick review of recent TYLA projects benefiting our members and the public.

Slavery Out of the Shadows:  Spotlight on Human Trafficking

Slavery Out of the Shadows: Spotlight on Human Trafficking seeks to build awareness of human trafficking, a global epidemic affecting the lives of tens of thousands of victims within our own borders. Through a combination of expert analysis defining the scope and operation of the crime and inspiring personal tales of human trafficking survivors.  Project SOS includes pamphlets for the general public, lawyers, and medical professionals. Additional information will be added online soon.

From The Inside Out:  In-House Counsel’s Advice for Young Lawyers

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division and the Texas Young Lawyers Association sought advice from in-house counsel across various industries in Texas and Florida in order to provide our young lawyers with practical advice to improve and enhance client service. The result of this analysis is the guide From the Inside Out: In-House Counsel’s Advice for Young Lawyers.

Over 150 surveys were returned in both Texas and Florida. Client participants were asked a range of questions from the financial aspects of hiring counsel to other ways outside counsel’s value is measured. Client participants also answered questions about hiring young lawyers versus more-seasoned lawyers, the value of newsletter legal marketing, community involvement, and diversity.

The results we received did more than shed light on the trends amongst in-house legal departments. They also provided very specific insights into the characteristics and qualities that clients find most appealing in outside counsel. Our hope is that the analysis of these results will help young lawyers provide excellent client service.

Preventing Fraud on Veterans

TYLA created a pamphlet that educates veterans about fiduciary relationships, deceptive recruiting practices by for-profit educational institutions, and pension fraud.

Criminal Law 101

The Texas criminal justice system has several objectives: (1) discover the truth; (2) provide for public safety; (3) assist victims of crime; (4) punish the guilty; and (5) promote positive changes in offender behavior.

TYLA created a pamphlet intended as a tool for prosecutors and criminal-defense lawyers to educate their clients, victims, or their respective families about the criminal justice process. The pamphlet provides an overview of the criminal-justice process following the arrest through appeal and provides general information on the rights of the victims and the accused.

For more information about these and other TYLA projects, please visit tyla.org.