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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Article of Interest

Article of Interest

Making a Difference In the Lives of Others
By:  Kristy Blanchard, TYLA President-elect

Most of us get caught up in the everyday grind of our law practices and find little time to do much else.  This is not the case for Dallas lawyer Brittany Byrd. Brittany is an associate at Winstead’s Finance and Banking Group in Dallas. But that’s not all Brittany does. In 2006, Brittany’s mother was sentenced to an 8-year prison sentence. As a result of this experience Brittany, at the age of 22, created a non-profit organization called Girls Embracing Mothers (“GEM”) aimed at empowering young girls aged 7–17 whose mothers are incarcerated. GEM offers various programs to these girls that include providing enhanced visitation and communication for the daughters and mothers, mentoring, and character cultivation.

In addition to her work with GEM, Brittany also has a commitment to pro-bono representation. Brittany actively represents inmates who are first-time, non-violent drug offenders who have been sentenced to life in prison without parole. To date, Brittany has served countless hours representing these clients. This work has been recognized by the American Civil Liberties Union, and she is currently working with the ACLU to create a report exploring life-without-parole sentencing for those convicted of non-violent crimes.

Although Brittany has been practicing law only since 2011, she has already accomplished extraordinary things. Aside from her pro bono work and GEM, Brittany serves on the board of the Women’s Finance Exchange and is an active member of the J.L. Turner Legal Association, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. She also recently began work with Attitudes and Attire, a non-profit dedicated to promoting personal growth for women seeking self-sufficiency at transition points in their lives. She is an avid speaker to women on resume and interviewing skills.

Due to Brittany’s service, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers named her the recipient of its 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. She has also been named the recipient of TYLA’s 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, and she will be recognized for her accomplishments at the State Bar Annual Meeting next month in Dallas. Congratulations, Brittany! You are an inspiration for us all.