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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Texas Access To Justice Commission Update

Legal Aid Helps Texans Stay in Their Homes
By: Harry M. Reasoner, Chair, Texas Access to Justice Commission

The families of Las Lomitas were in danger of losing their homes until Texas RioGrande Legal Aid intervened. These families purchased undeveloped agricultural land in Travis County and spent years building homes and developing their own water supplies, septic systems, and roads.

Unbeknownst to the families, the developer who sold them the land had failed to properly register it with the county. When the developer finally did register the land, the county assessed more than $60,000 in retroactive property taxes. The homeowners had no way of paying these taxes and penalties and were in danger of foreclosure.

Fortunately, these families came to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid for help. TRLA was able to hold the developer accountable for the taxes that he owed while also working with the county to correct an error in how the interest and penalty fees had been calculated. The families of Las Lomitas ultimately owed nothing and were able to stay in their homes.

Donate to support legal aid and help Texans stay in their homes

A surprising number of people in Texas are in danger of losing their homes due to administrative mixups, tax issues, or unscrupulous landlords. Many times these families and individuals aren’t aware that there is a problem until legal proceedings have been brought against them.

Without the help of an attorney to navigate the complexities of housing and property laws, these Texans often find themselves unable to fight for their rights. Every day legal aid organizations in Texas help families like those of Las Lomitas stay safe, secure, and healthy in their homes.

As you enjoy the holidays with family and friends, in your homes and theirs, we hope you’ll consider making a year-end gift to support legal aid organizations like Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. We believe that no one in Texas should worry about wrongfully losing their home during this time of celebration, and your support of legal aid brings us closer to that vision.

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