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 Project

Feature TYLA Project

A Welcoming Home:  Be a Foster Parent
Sally Pretorius, Andrae Law PLLC

In honor of National Foster Care Month, TYLA will be launching a new public service project called “A Welcoming Home: Be a Foster Parent” for the month of May. A Welcoming Home was the brainchild of TYLA President C.E. Rhodes, whose family has strong connections to the foster care community. Several of C.E.’s extended family have opened their homes to foster children, and C.E. was able to experience first-hand the benefits and the impact of a loving foster home.

Often when a family undergoes a traumatic experience or an emergency (e.g., a parent becoming an addict, an unsafe home, or the death or incarceration of a parent), children will need to be placed in a new home. Many times relatives of the children aren’t available or willing to take children into their homes, therefore creating a need for families to open up their homes as foster homes for the children.

With almost 28,000 children in the foster-care system at any given time, there are sometimes shortages of families willing or qualified to take children into their homes for an extended period of time. There are also a disproportionate number of available placement families in specific areas. When children are removed from their homes and need a foster-care placement, the agencies prefer to place the children in a familiar community to help alleviate some of the children’s trauma. For example, if a child can stay in the same school or in the same neighborhood, it prevents a complete uprooting for the child and eases the time in foster care.

How is TYLA helping? We have created a program to get the word out to professional, social, and civic organizations about the current need for foster-care families (specifically in the underrepresented communities), the requirements for becoming a foster-care family, and the resources available for foster-care families. If you are interested in having TYLA do a brief presentation to your organization, please contact Sally Pretorius or Patrice Childress.