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 Affiliate

By:  Amanda Torres

The Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Association is off to a great year.  With a dynamic group of officers and directors, CCYLA is out to promote camaraderie, while continuing to offer education and advocate community outreach.  CCYLA has accomplished this by providing several opportunities for local young lawyers to get together and learn.

In January and February, CCYLA combined forces with the Corpus Christi Bar Association to participate in Habitat for Humanity.  Eighteen volunteers worked on a home for a single mother with three children.  This willingness of CCYLA members to give their time and energy to build up the local community exemplifies CCYLA’s dedication to service.

In an effort to bring members and nonmembers together in a fun and relaxing atmosphere, CCYLA hosted their annual poker tournament.  This event featured the always-coveted opportunity to win the title of best poker player in town!  The Poker Tournament is open to the entire bar and is a great way to unwind amongst new and old friends.

CCYLA created the Kid’s Law Library in effort to promote literacy.  In April, CCYLA along with l went to Los Encinos to bring new books and meet with the children.  The children’s task included reading the books and writing book reports.  The winners of the best book reports received awards.  The Kid’s Law Library is an award-winning project that highlights CCYLA’s passion to promote an understanding of the legal profession.

CCYLA continued its CLE known as “Baseball with the Bench.”  This year a panel of speakers, that included attorneys specializing in different areas from family law to real estate, addressed a hypothetical question.  The CLE also featured a panel of state and federal judges from multiple counties who discussed the newly enacted Rules of Civil Procedure.  Their discussions on the new expedited trial rules engaged the audience in lively conversations.  After the CLE, participants and members relaxed and enjoyed watching the Hooks play baseball at Whataburger Field.

CCYLA still has a lot planned!  CCYLA is excited to offer its second annual Skeet Shoot and CLE.  Last year’s event was a success and this year CCYLA plans to capitalize on that and enhance it by adding a CLE on gun laws.  The officers and directors of CCYLA are also working hard on other new projects.  CCYLA wants all members and nonmembers to realize that lawyers can and do play a vital role in their community.