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 Affiliate

Feature TYLA Affiliate

2013 Freedom Run 5K

This year marks the 13th annual Freedom Run organized by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL). As with most people, September 11, 2001 began as a normal day for members of the 2001 Leadership Class. Most members were excitedly anticipating the first class luncheon in a series of luncheons that would introduce them to city leaders, community leaders, leaders in education, and to the City of Dallas, in general.  Some tuned into the television that morning, others were in the car listening to the radio, while others heard it from a friend or co-worker:  the Twin Towers had collapsed.  America had been attacked. That tragic day would be forever etched in their minds, as well as anyone else’s who is old enough to remember.

Needless to say, the luncheon that day was cancelled; however, that did not stop the Class from springing into action by way of organizing a class project.  But, what began as a class project of the 2001 DAYL Leadership Class quickly turned into a staple event of the DAYL and the North Texas Community.   This was the third DAYL Leadership class to organize a class project and the events of September 2011 propelled them to action.  Their goals were simple, but ambitious: to provide support to first responders; to raise money; to bring the people of North Texas together; and, to showcase some of the great community service work provided by volunteer lawyers.  The first Freedom Run was held on Veterans Day, November 10, 2001, at the new American Airlines Center. Approximately 2,000 people attended. Now, almost 13 years later, the goals of the Freedom Run initiated by those touched by the events of September 11th remain the same.

The 2013 Freedom Run 5K will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Dallas City Hall. DAYL expects approximately 2,000 runners, walkers, and spectators who will don red, white, and blue and run (or walk) through the streets of downtown Dallas. Those runners on corporate teams or individuals who volunteer will receive VIP treatment in the VIP tent and everyone will have the opportunity to watch live local music on the main stage. DAYL is happy to host activities for all ages, including a special kid’s area. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Dallas Assist the Officer Foundation. Since 2002, the DAYL has donated $230,000 to the Assist the Officer Foundation through the proceeds of the Freedom Run.

For additional information about the Freedom Run, visit the Freedom Run website, find us on Facebook, or contact DAYL Executive Director Cherie Harris.