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

By: Aaron Capps

If you’ve never been to Lubbock (which I can proudly say is no longer the case for me), you’ve likely never heard of The Children’s Home of Lubbock. It is home to numerous children and teens removed from their homes for one reason or another. These children find themselves at a difficult point in their lives. Luckily, The Children’s Home has a great staff in place that works to help them through this period, and, in some instances, place them into new homes.

Last month, TYLA conducted its quarterly Board meeting in Lubbock. Before traveling to the town of tumbleweeds and sandstorms, we contacted The Children’s Home to ask if they’d allow us to visit with the kids currently staying at their facility while we were in town. The Children’s Home proposed something better, however, by suggesting that we come prepared to play games.

So on Saturday, November 16, about 30 attorneys arrived at The Children’s Home of Lubbock to find 40-50 children eager to have some fun. And for the next three hours, the TYLA Board played a variety of field games with the kids that both adult and child alike thoroughly enjoyed. Afterwards, the TYLA Board selected the most spirited team by (how else?) seeing who could scream the loudest. Once playtime was over, TYLA presented The Children’s Home with over $800 worth of toys for the kids. The TYLA Board did all of this as part of this year’s Generation Generosity initiative.

The purpose of Generation Generosity is to have lawyers serve in the community to help combat the perception that some people have of lawyers. Whether we give money or time, the impact made on others is unquestionable. Not only are we changing the view others have of attorneys, I believe we’re also changing something within ourselves for the better.

If you’re interested in giving back, feel visit to visit their website to learn about ways that you can help the Children’s Home of Lubbock. I also encourage you to volunteer with other organizations in your community.

Remember: “Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.” --Anonymous