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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Feature TYLA Affiliate

Feature TYLA Affiliate

SAYLA Reaches Out to Young Lawyers with Children
By:  Patricia Vargas

The San Antonio Young Lawyers Association has a diverse membership with a variety of interests and needs. During the 2013–14 bar year, SAYLA initiated a new program targeting young lawyers with children. Many of these lawyers had little time during the week to spend with their children. SAYLA’s Family Fun Days provided multiple opportunities for our members to gather with their families and participate in events alongside other SAYLA families. This fosteed a network of support and friendship among our members. This programing was made possible through a generous grant from the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and included these events:

The Little Gym – Exclusive use of The Little Gym where parents and children could play together and participate in games and activities selected to promote each child’s physical development.

Alamo Drafthouse Movie Theater – Members enjoyed a private screening of Pixar’s Toy Story at the Alamo Drafthouse.

Fire Station – Members enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of Fire Station 17. They were able to explore the fire truck, and the station’s firefighters held a demonstration during which each child was able to hold and spray water from the firehose. The event was followed by lunch at a local restaurant organized by the parents who attended the event.

Kiddie Park – Members had exclusive use of Kiddie Park where they were able to experience an evening of fun at the oldest children’s amusement park in the country.

San Antonio Zoo – Members participated in a one-hour tiny tots class focusing on the zoo’s African animals. Admission to the zoo for the entire day followed the morning class.

At each event, the attendees commented on how much they appreciated this new programming. The events attracted members who otherwise did not participate in SAYLA’s other events, such as happy hours or even our monthly membership lunches. Family Fun Days were a success, and SAYLA looks forward to planning similar events during the 2014-2015 Board year.

Patty Vargas is SAYLA’s President-elect. Her term as President begins on June 1. She is a shareholder at Duncan, Bressler & Liu, P.C., where she practices guardianship, probate, and estate-planning law. She is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.