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

By:  Leif Olson

I’m old enough to remember when the Internet was in its infancy as the world’s premier storage device for humorous text-overlaid cat photos. Perhaps even more fogey-fying for the many of you young lawyers who aren’t as old as I am, I’m old enough to remember the excitement that swept across countless BBSes when Prodigy, CompuServe, and America Online announced that their users would be able to take advantage of astonishing technological advances to communicate with users from completely different Internet services through the use of electronic mail. And if you remember Gopher and Mosaic—from a group that had supercomputing right there in its name!—you are welcome to join me over here so we can wash down our Geritol with these nice, tall glasses of Metamucil.

The advantages of this technological advance in our profession are legion: Cloud-based file storage is available to replace or supplement physical-media storage. Electronic filing has replaced last-minute rushes to the courthouse. Shared research folders on WestlawNext have replaced multiple, individually highlighted photocopied casebook pages. Email and PDF have made it completely unnecessary for you to fax me, opposing and co-counsel. As more of us have moved more of our practices online, TYLA has followed suit.

Not only has our newsletter moved from print to pixels, most of our member-services projects are now available at TYLA.org. This includes our printed materials, such as the Social Media 101 guide that we featured last issue and the Grievance and Malpractice 101 guide we feature in this one. It includes video and interactive materials like Hangin’ Out Your Shingle and Office in a Flash, which give resources and advice on setting up your own law practice, and a job-search site for those looking for experience by working with others. It includes access to video presentations you can use to assist your clients, like Justice 101: The Client’s Guide to Litigation for clients who are unfamiliar with lawsuits and Kids in the Crossfire for clients involved in suits affecting the parent-child relationship.

One of TYLA’s proudest achievements is our award-winning Ten Minute Mentor series. This series of short videos from leading practitioners and jurists discusses different situations, types of cases, and legal questions that young lawyers face. TYLA’s Online Member Services Committee has been reviewing the dozens of videos available through Ten Minute Mentor and will be recording updated and new videos throughout the year. If there is a particular topic that you think should be updated, or an uncovered topic that you would like to be covered, please email your suggestions to the TYLA office so that we at the Online Member Services Committee can hear from you.

Enjoy this issue of TYLA eNews. As always, if you have suggestions for stories or would like to contribute an article, don’t hesitate to email us. Your Texas Young Lawyers Association is here to serve you.