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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Editor's Column

Editor's Column

A Salute to Families
By: Sally Pretorius, Andrae Law PLLC

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day surrounding us, I am reminded of all the moms and dads who are out there.

Who could forget the parents who raised us and supported us through all of life’s challenges? The guiding stars that changed our diapers, taught us how to walk and talk, motivated us through our educations, and encouraged us when we thought we were going to fail law school or, worse, fail the bar. Our parents are amazing people who have sacrificed for our well-being and shaped us into the people that we are today. Where would we be without them?

Attendees at the May meeting of the TYLA Board of Directors were encouraged to bring their families to celebrate this past bar year and participate in Family Weekend. I was amazed at how many leaders there are in the community who are working countless hours to raise the integrity of the bar, billing their hours for work, and doing public service…all while raising babies, toddlers, or pre-teens! This year the two candidates for TYLA President-elect went on the campaign trail with newborn babies. On top of that, these leaders do it without complaint and with ease and grace. This year while we recognize our own parents, I encourage everyone to stop and think about the amazing mothers and fathers who work alongside us every day making this world a better place for their children and ours.

Many of us are fortunate enough to have at least one strong parent that guided us through our childhood. What about those children who don’t have anyone to look up to, those children that are within the foster system looking for that role model and that steady rock to guide them through life’s obstacles? This month TYLA is launching a feature project called A Welcoming Home: Be a Foster Family to encourage families to become foster families and welcome a foster child into their home. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or distributing information to a local organization to encourage families to open their home, please email project co-chairs Patrice Childress and Sally Pretorius or contact the TYLA office.