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:  Laura Pratt

Would you believe that the first personal computer was introduced about 35 years ago?  Guess that means that a growing number of young lawyers have never lived in a world without computers.

In fact, not too long ago, lawyers actually debated the effectiveness and applicability of technology in the legal profession as it continued to develop.  I actually read an article from the 1990’s that claimed technology would be a wonderful asset for science, engineering, and education, but it would have no place in the legal community.  (yeah, right!) Now, you don’t even have the choice on whether to implement legal technology. Competition, communication practices, and even most court systems now demand that technology be used in our practices.

Although this technological infiltration has not been as difficult to assimilate for our generation, avoiding the pitfalls of technology in practice can still be difficult for young lawyers.  The phrase “with great power, comes great responsibility” comes to mind.  Young lawyers have to constantly battle against the growing lack of professionalism or personal communication with their peers and in their practices.  The security of clients’ information, confidential material, and even evidence is a serious concern, requiring stronger passwords, complicated IT systems, and multiple levels of back-up files, all of which comes with a hefty price tag.  There’s now a growing concern that too much information is readily available within the practice, directly affecting a lawyer’s ability to concisely deliberate and present his case. 

The good news?  Because technology is always changing, for every pitfall, there almost always is a good solution.  Even better news?  TYLA has developed projects, tools, and services that can directly help you as a young lawyer, and the internet provides easy access to ALL of them!  The best news?  Just like technology is always changing, TYLA is always developing its resources to better serve young lawyers and our communities across the state.  Over the next several months, look for numerous updates to our projects, some of which are already in the works.  You can expect new Ten Minute Mentor videos, guides on social media and malpractice, various practice tool kits for specific areas of law, and even the development of a smart phone app for court information across the state. 

Additionally, if you are reminiscing about the good ole days of a hello and a handshake, the contact information of every TYLA board member is also online, which means your district director is available as a non-technological resource anytime.

-LAURA PRATT is an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Lubbock.  Although specializing in environmental compliance, she regularly advises the City on various municipal law issues.  The opinions expressed in this article are not the official opinions of the City of Lubbock.