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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Electronic Filing Update In A Nutshell
By:  Blake A. Hawthorne, Clerk of the Court, Supreme Court of Texas

The past year has been an extremely active one for electronic filing in Texas courts. Here in a nutshell is what every Texas lawyer should know about recent developments in electronic filing:

1. The Supreme Court of Texas mandated electronic filing in civil cases in Texas under a phased schedule based on county population. On January 1, 2014, electronic filing will be mandatory in trial courts in counties with a population of 500,000 or more, and in all civil cases in all appellate courts. Every major metropolitan area is included in the first phase of the mandate and about eighty percent of the state’s population lives in the counties included in the first phase. By 2016, the counties with the smallest populations must implement electronic filing. Some counties have already implemented electronic filing ahead of the schedule set in the Supreme Court’s mandate.

2. The Supreme Court adopted amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Appellate Procedure in order to create uniform statewide rules for electronic filing. The comment period for these amendments closed on October 31, 2013. The Court is in the process of reviewing the comments and will promulgate final rules before January 1, 2014. The Court of Criminal Appeals also adopted amendments to the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure permitting electronic filing in criminal cases in the appellate courts.

3. Texas.gov will no longer provide the electronic filing system for Texas courts. In 2012, Texas.gov stated it no longer wanted to provide an electronic filing system for Texas courts. The Department of Information Resources then agreed to hand responsibility for administering electronic filing for Texas courts to the Office of Court Administration (OCA). OCA organized a committee of court officials to select a new vendor. The committee selected Tyler Technologies. OCA then entered into contract negotiations for the system in June of 2012. The contract was completed in November of 2012. Tyler Technologies immediately prepared to transition Texas courts to its electronic filing system. The transition to the new system is complete.

4. The Legislature has created a statewide electronic filing system fund to pay for the electronic filing system. A new filing fee of $20 will be included in the filing fees paid to initiate a new case in trial and appellate courts.  Although there is a new fee, filers will be able to use a free basic EFSP provided by the state, thus making it possible to file electronically without paying any additional fees. Other EFSPs, like ProDoc, File & ServeXpress, FileTime, My File Runner, and eLaw Services, will offer enhanced services to lawyers and their staff for a fee.

5.  If you have not already registered with an Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP), you should pick a provider and register. If you have already registered with the current electronic filing system your registration information will be transferred to the new system. Information about registration and training is available at http://www.efiletexas.gov/

 6.   Because the Supreme Court’s mandate greatly increased the market served by the EFSPs, several new EFSPs have registered to provide electronic filing services in Texas. The increased competition will lead to better services for Texas lawyers.