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:  Leif Olson

I grew up in Washington, and my family still lives there. My wife, children, and I just returned from a vacation to visit them, and stepping out of the baggage claim into the Houston air reminded me of one undeniable truth: Texas in the summer is hot.

But do you know what else is hot, he asked in a segue so poor that a bad screenwriter would have deleted it from a script for a commercial starring Paris Hilton? Being there to help. That’s why this month’s TYLA eNews presents some practical advice, professional and personal, for young lawyers, and gives other sources of help that young lawyers can seek. That’s also why this issue highlights upcoming TYLA and local-affiliate programs that help our Texas communities and those who live in them.

This issue of eNews also includes the first article in our new series on young-lawyer wellness. This month’s wellness tips are included as Tips for Young Lawyers; future issues will feature our regular Tips column, containing various hints you can employ in your professional and personal lives, and a separate installment of wellness tips geared toward keeping you (and your young-lawyer colleagues across the state) mentally and physically healthy. This series is the brainchild of a new TYLA Director and eNews editor, Lubbock’s Laura Pratt. I and the rest of the eNews and TYLA team are pleased that Laura brought this idea to us. We hope that you’ll find it as useful as we have.

Until next month, stay hydrated and think cool thoughts. Because that’s hot.

Leif Olson is a TYLA Director and principal of The Olson Firm PLLC in Houston, where he practices appellate and other complex litigation. Based on this column, he sure ain’t winning the Pulitzer anytime soon.