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:  Brandy Wingate Voss

I love when school starts for the year and seeing all the Facebook posts with cute little school kids in their new school clothes.  As a kid, I loved the first day of school!  The new school year meant seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and facing new challenges. 

Unfortunately, for some kids, it means facing a bully.  This year, the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division aims to tackle bullying head on.  The initiative encourages young lawyers to take an active role in educating, mentoring, and mediation programs to end bullying.  This issue of TYLA’s eNews tells you how you can get involved.

As lawyers, while we may not be packing our lunch boxes for a new school year, September brings lots of changes and opportunity for learning.  The Texas Legislature passed numerous new laws last session, some of which took effect immediately and most of which took effect September 1, 2013.  Also, the appellate courts have been busy handing down the last opinions of their fiscal year.  In this issue, some of the new laws will be introduced to you, as well as tips for staying on top of recent appellate court opinions.

It is easy to get bogged down with all the changes in September.  And what’s the first thing to go out the window?  Planning for the not-so-immediate future, and taking care of health issues.  In this issue, we remind you not to forget to plan for your financial future (see our Tips for Young Lawyers), or to get enough rest (see Health Tips for Young Lawyers). 

We hope you enjoy this issue!