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

Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association Hosts Annual Golf Tournament
By:  Elizabeth Hill

Looking for a sporting good time for your local affiliate’s members and legal community? A golf tournament draws in great member and community involvement while raising money for a good cause.

Each year, the Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association hosts the Johnny Splawn Memorial Golf Tournament. Named after a well-respected Lubbock lawyer and community leader, the Tourney is one of the most anticipated and well-attended events of the year for the entire Lubbock legal community.

On September 20, 2013, more than 100 golf players vied for bragging rights as the tournament champions. We encouraged firms to put together teams to compete against their adversaries on the golf course instead of the court room. When the competition heats up, players can purchase mulligans to gain an extra edge. To help raise money for a good cause, LCYLA members recruited tournament and hole sponsorships from local firms and businesses. As a result of the incredible turnout, we will be making a $3,500 donation to the Lubbock County Drug Court, a problem-solving court that reduces recidivism through treatment. That money will likely go even further since every dollar invested in drug courts saves taxpayers as much as $3.36 in avoided criminal-justice costs.

When hosting your own tournament, we recommend you select a golf course and club that works well with community organizations and is both affordable and accommodating. If you have questions or would like information on how to host a successful golf tournament, please contact Elliot Nixon or Marcy Erwin.

We would like to thank our sponsors and board of directors for making the Johnny Splawn Memorial Annual Golf Tournament a huge success: Marcy Erwin (President), Andrew Curtis (President-elect), Elliot Nixon (Tournament Director), Traci Siebenlist, and Levi Siebenlist.

Elizabeth Hill is an associate with Craig, Terrell, Hale & Grantham LLP in Lubbock.