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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Health Tips for Young Lawyers

Health Tips for Young Lawyers

Staying Fit Over the Holidays
By:  Emmy Lu Trammell, MS, RDN, LD

The holiday season is a time for celebration, spending time with family and friends, and, of course, eating delicious food. Many become very busy with planning and attending holiday events. With all the joy also comes the potential of drifting away from some of the healthy habits we acquired over the year. Below are some of the common statements and questions one may ask as the season approaches.

“I keep seeing advertisements at the gym and other health clubs about how much weight I will gain over the holidays. Is this true?”
Fortunately, the average gain of 2 pounds over the season is far from the 10-15 pounds that many media outlets advertise.  This is a very small amount; however, it is 78% of the yearly weight gain for an individual. The gain is partly due to overindulgence in many of our holiday treats, but also partly due to decreased activity secondary to cooler weather and busier schedules.

“I already have 3 different holiday events to attend with delicious food that will be served. I have heard to just save up calories for the day so that I can eat whatever I want. Is this a good strategy?”
This strategy sounds great in theory; however, this usually sets one up for failure.  If you “save up” the calories and thus allow yourself to reach a point of extreme hunger, you will likely overeat to a greater extent. It is important to still eat regular meals and snacks spaced approximately 3-4 hours apart on days of celebration where a large meal may be served. It is best to be mindful of healthier choices for other meals in your day.

If it is an event with hors d’oeuvres presented throughout the evening, consider socializing away from the food setup. This reduces your likelihood of mindless eating while socializing.

“I can’t seem to find time to make it to the gym many days throughout the holiday season. Does this mean I’m going to gain weight?”
The best advice for physical activity and weight over the holidays is to just strive for maintenance. Your exercise routine will inevitably change due to added events on the calendar. Keep it simple and be physically active when possible, but allow yourself to be flexible.

“How can I help keep my family healthy over the holidays?” 
Whether it is applied to yourself, or to your family, emphasis should be on balance. Recipe substitutions with healthier ingredients are a great way to improve traditional dishes and are easily accessed through www.nutrition411.com or www.eatright.org. Try incorporating activity into the holiday by going to the park, cycling, playing outdoor games, or just taking an evening stroll after your big meal, when the weather is nice.

Often we make the holiday season much more difficult than necessary and if we just remain mindful of our how body feels, we are more apt to maintain healthy choices throughout the holiday season.

EMMY LU TRAMMELL, MS, RDN, LD, is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Lubbock, who provides nutrition counseling to those who struggle with eating disordered behaviors. While pursuing her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Texas Tech University, she frequently engages in community outreach to educate others on healthy nutrition practices.