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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Texas Access To Justice Commission Update

Texas Access To Justice Commission Update

National Pro Bono Week Reception

On October 21, the Commission and the Texas Access to Justice Foundation kicked off National Pro Bono Week with a reception honoring access to justice supporters, including Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and former Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. The reception was held in the lobby of the Austin office of Vinson & Elkins, and we were excited to recognize the law firms and individuals who have given their time, donations, and energy to help low-income Texans access the legal help they need.

We honored the Champion of Justice Law Firms who helped make this year’s annual Access to Justice Campaign a success. We also thanked Chief Justices Hecht and Jefferson for their years of advocacy toward making the court system more equal and accessible. It was a great night for celebrating pro bono and access to justice!

State Bar of Texas Care Campaign

Last month the State Bar launched the Care Campaign to empower attorneys who want to do pro bono service. In case you missed the most recent issue of the Commission’s newsletter, we spoke with Briana Stone and Vasu Behara, the two attorneys spearheading the campaign. You can read more about Briana and Vasu and the State Bar’s Care Campaign in the Commission’s October newsletter.

Did you hear about the Pro Bono Challenge?

The State Bar’s Legal Access Division has issued a Pro Bono Challenge to the sections of the State Bar. The section with the most pro bono hours will receive special recognition at next year’s SBOT Annual Meeting. For more details on the rules and how to record your hours, visit the Texas Bar Blog.

Golfing for a Good Cause

On Thursday, November 14, the Commission and the General Counsel Forum will be hosting the Second Annual Charity Golf Classic at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort to benefit the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.

The Charity Golf Classic brings together general counsels, justices of the Supreme Court of Texas, and lawyers from across the state in support of access to justice for low-income Texans. It’s a great opportunity to network with your colleagues and play a round at one of the top courses in the country.

We’d love for you to join us. We have room for only 29 more players, so we encourage you to register today to reserve your spot.