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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You Are A Member of TYLA
By:  Rebekah Steely Brooker

Hello! I am excited to serve as the 2014-2015 president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA). 

Most Texas attorneys know that TYLA is “the young lawyer group,” which is true.  Our members are lawyers 36 years of age and younger or within the first five years of their legal practice.  Membership in TYLA is automatic, so any licensed Texas attorney that meets the age or years of practice requirement is a TYLA member. 

However, most Texas attorneys do not know that TYLA is actually chartered as the public service arm of the State Bar of Texas.  Every year TYLA creates and implements relevant and impactful public service projects that positively affect Texans.  This past year, I have had the privilege to work with several members of TYLA’s board to plan our upcoming projects and programs that are designed to assist either attorneys or law students with the practice of law or to provide legal education and services to the general public.  This year, building upon the communication goals outlined by State Bar of Texas President Trey Apffel, we want to make sure our members know that they are members of TYLA.  And, we want you to get actively involved to help even more Texans in need.

To do that, I need your help!  I encourage you to take advantage and get involved in the many new TYLA projects.  These projects cover a broad range of topics and target audiences, including specific projects that assist in the job search process, address the work-life balance (or imbalance as the case may be), and encourage equal access to justice for our residents.  TYLA also intends to create programs that will educate the public on the laws dealing with subjects ranging from bullying to distracted driving.  And we’ve almost completed our first project entitled “Educating Educators” that will answer many questions that teachers have regarding the laws that govern both them and their students.

TYLA is only able to complete the projects and initiatives we take on year after year thanks to the volunteer efforts of our membership and the cooperation of our local affiliate young lawyer associations.  This year, I encourage you to join us in creating one of our projects or programs. 

TYLA has been the vehicle that has allowed me to continue to give back – to serve. The work that TYLA does year after year is not just beneficial and rewarding, but it is fun! It has enabled me to meet thousands of hard-working young lawyers across Texas.  Personally, I am thrilled and honored to be a member of such an organization that makes the impact that TYLA does.  But, don’t take my word for it.  Get involved!  I am confident that you’ll agree.

Rebekah has an estate planning and probate practice at Scheef & Stone, LLP in Dallas and is the current President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association.