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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ABA YLD Update

American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division held its first CareerLine LIVE! event at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas, with more than 70 YLD volunteers offering one-on-one support and guidance. The event also featured an online component with volunteers tweeting vital job-seeking information through the hashtag #ABACareerLine. With some conversations stretching 20 to 40 minutes, volunteers really made the effort to offer one-on-one counsel while lending an ear to those who were struggling.

In addition to great service to law students during the Midyear Meeting, YLD served students at North Dallas High School by presenting this year’s signature project, American Voter. Besides covering the nuts and bolts of the election process, American Voter puts young lawyers “in a unique position to be able to tell high-school students about the importance of the electoral process from a nonpartisan perspective,” says Chris Rogers, chair of the Young Lawyers Division. “Conveying the importance of the right to vote and providing information about voter registration in a format that is usable and recognizable for our audience are our primary goals for American Voter.” To learn more about promoting American Voter in your community, click here.

YLD also needs your help to spread the word about the Third Annual Law Day Contest for high-school students, jointly sponsored with ABA’s Division for Public Education. The contest is the perfect opportunity for teenage history buffs and aspiring artists to put their skills and creativity to work. Students will create a two-dimensional art piece (including, but not limited to, drawings, paintings, films, photographs, graphic novels, comics) that highlights the theme “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” The entry deadline is April 1, 2013. Four prizes will be awarded. Runners-up for both the individual and team categories will receive prizes worth up to $250; winners for both the individual and team categories will receive prizes worth up to $750 in addition to a party hosted by the ABA YLD in the winners’ hometown.

YLD is committed to representing the newest members of the profession, ensuring that it reflects the society it serves, and providing young lawyers and young-lawyer organizations with the tools and opportunities for professional and personal success. YLD membership is open to ABA members under 36 years old or admitted to practice for five years or less. Affiliate membership is open to young-lawyer organizations and special-interest bars. There are no additional membership dues. Through YLD, young lawyers can gain knowledge, develop skills, build networks, be heard, and give back. If you are interested in getting more involved in the ABA YLD, please contact your district representatives, Anita Barksdale and Jobe Rodgers.