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:  John W. Shaw, Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC

Election season is upon us, my friends. Primaries have just been concluded in the great State of Texas, runoffs will be commencing in May, all culminating in the general elections to be held on “Super Tuesday,” November 4. While this is not a political commentary, it is a commentary on getting out and voting. In the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” Don’t deprive yourself of your rights.

TYLA is no different. Election season has officially begun and the two President-Elect Candidates chosen by the TYLA nominating committee are busy making their way across the State to give you a reason to vote for them. In this issue we’ve included a brief Q&A to give you some insight into their candidacies and their lives in general. Beginning April 1, 2014, you will have the opportunity to cast your ballot for these two candidates as well as elect directors from your districts. Don’t deprive yourself of your right to vote in these elections either. Be on the lookout for your ballots.

All of that being said, the rest of our eNews is devoted to you and providing you information about TYLA Feature Projects (“Attorney General Guide”); information on what some of our local affiliates have been up to (“FW-TCYLA’s Bench Book”); practice tips (“An Introduction to Patenting in the United States”); an article of general legal interest (“Self-Inflicted Veil Piercing”); and our monthly “Health Tips for Young Lawyers.” There are also updates from the Texas Access to Justice Commission—consider the voluntary contribution on your bar dues statement—as well as important dates to remember.

Please remember that eNews is only as useful to you as you make it. If you are interested in hearing more about what TYLA has been up to, or more about certain legal topics that are emerging, or would like to write an article, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the Officers or Directors of TYLA—their names are on the left hand panel of eNews and their emails are accessible simply by clicking their names—and let them know.