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

Feature TYLA Affiliate

El Paso Young Lawyers Promote Young Lawyers’ Wellness
By: Aldo Lopez, James & Haugland, P.C.

Given the hectic schedules we lawyers have between deadlines, hearings, families, and social lives, it is easy for us, especially young lawyers, to ignore taking care of ourselves. Because of this, the El Paso Young Lawyers Association came up with the Living as a Young Lawyer project. The project provides information to young lawyers about eating right, working out, and the importance of seeing doctors not only when sick but also for preventative health screenings. The project also includes presenting information available from the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program regarding mental health, depression, and substance abuse. The project will culminate with a 5K and 1-mile walk on June 9, 2013.

On May 2, EPYLA, with the help of a grant from the Texas Young Lawyers Association, sponsored a lunch presentation from Community Medical Clinic about those very topics. The presentation included a question-and-answer session where members asked Dr. Hector U. Lopez, a family and sports-medicine practitioner, about general health and fitness concerns.

Additionally, to motivate legal professionals to stay active and give back to our community at the same time, EPYLA will host its first ever 5K race, the Run for Justice, on June 9. Proceeds from the race will be donated to support the Houchen Community Center in South El Paso and the project to return Lady Justice to the El Paso County Courthouse. The Lady Justice statue was originally atop the 1886 El Paso County Courthouse. When that courthouse was demolished in 1917, the statue bounced around, ending up in a county park where it was severely damaged by time and the elements. She has been restored, and the plan is to install her permanently at the entrance of the El Paso County Courthouse. Houchen Community Center is located in the Segundo Barrio. It focuses on meeting the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of children, youths, and adults through programs including physical fitness, tutoring and mentoring, ESL, child development, a food pantry, and senior-citizen social functions. A portion of the proceeds will also be used to fund future El Paso Young Lawyers Association events. Registration for the Run for Justice will be available online through www.raceadventuresunlimited.com, and we invite everyone to come out and join us for a beautiful day in the Sun City. If you’d like more information about the project or would like to participate, please contact Aldo Lopez.