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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Health Tips for Young Lawyers

Health Tips for Young Lawyers

Keep It Simple: Promoting Healthy Eating Habits for Children

One of the challenges of being a young professional is balancing both your health and wellness along with your child’s. Making food decisions for your child that promote healthy development are not always easy to make. The best piece of advice is to keep it simple. We unintentionally complicate wellness when it isn’t necessary.

Consider the following suggestions to keep your child’s wellness simple:

1. Encourage your child to maintain a consistent schedule with meals and snacks. When practiced the majority of time, this helps to maintain hunger and hormone balance. What does this schedule look like? Ensure your child consumes breakfast consisting of a carbohydrate and a protein within two hours of waking. From there, offer or make available a healthy snack within 3-4 hours. The snack should be sufficient to hold over hunger until a meal is consumed. The rest of the day should follow a similar pattern with food consumed approximately every 3-4 hours, typically alternating meals and snacks. 

2. Make healthy snacks such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain crackers/tortillas/bread, and lean protein (low fat dairy/lean cuts of meat/eggs) readily available to your child. Encourage the consumption of these foods by placing them on the center shelf of the refrigerator or pantry at eye level for your child. You do not have to throw away the sweet treats, just place them somewhere else in the kitchen so that it is not the first item seen when your child is searching for a snack or meal. Consider portioning cuts of fruit or vegetables or whole grain crackers into snack bags for your child to quickly grab as he or she rushes out the door for school or extracurricular events.

3. Include your child in meal preparation. This will teach your child invaluable cooking skills that will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they enter their adult years. When one has the skills and competence to prepare meals at home, it removes the intimidation factor of cooking at home and decreases dining out on larger and less healthy options. Utilize this concept when also doing your regular grocery shopping, and use this as another teaching opportunity for healthy skills.

4. Engage in family meals most days of the week. This creates an avenue to discuss your child’s interests, activities, struggles, and victories, ultimately creating a deeper bond with your child. It also constructs a more open line of communication for you and your child to address emotional wellness, not just the physical health.

When possible, restricting certain foods or placing focus on your child’s weight should be something a parent avoids. Implementing the above recommendations along with encouragement of healthy food practices, not “good” or “bad” foods, are the main ingredients in keeping your child healthy now and in the years to come. 

-EMMY LU TRAMMELL, MS, RDN, LD, is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Lubbock, Texas, who provides nutrition counseling to those who struggle with eating disordered behaviors. While pursuing her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Texas Tech University, she frequently engages in community outreach to educate others on healthy nutrition practices.