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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



April 2010

Editor's Column

2010 State Bar Election

April 12,2010

The 2010 election for the State Bar of Texas is currently underway. You have the opportunity to cast your ballot and participate in determining who the next presidents-elect for the State Bar and TYLA, as well as district directors for the Board.

By Jeffrey A. Armstrong
Top Story
Top Story

Loves Me, Loves Me Not

April 12,2010

Did you know that 33% of all teens have been affected by teen dating violence? One out of every three teens experiences some kind of abuse in romantic relationship, including verbal and emotional abuse. These statistics are alarming.

By Erin O'Driscoll
Feature TYLA Affiliate

Galveston seminar on electronic filing and evidence attracts nearly 200 attendees.

April 12,2010

On February 25, 2010, the Galveston Young Lawyers and the Galveston County Bar Association sponsored a continuing legal education seminar on electronic filing, the use of electronically stored information as evidence, and law practice technology. The event was made possible in part by a grant from the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

By Kelly Haas
Feature TYLA Project

35th Annual National Trial Competition

April 12,2010

TYLA conducted the 35th annual National Trial Competition last month from March 24th to the 28th at the George Allen, Sr. Civil Courts Building in Dallas. TYLA hosted NTC in conjunction with the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). NTC is the country's premier law school mock trial competition with more than 150 schools participating at the regional level during the month of February. The top two teams from each of the fourteen regions advanced to the national finals in Dallas to compete for the championship. In addition to the country's top twenty-eight law school teams, over thirty Fellows of the ACTL from across the nation came to Dallas to volunteer as judges. NTC is unique among law school competitions in that the witnesses are provided by the hosts, they are not fellow law student team members. The NTC committee recruited over one hundred fifty volunteers to testify as trial witnesses during the competition.

By Clint Harbour
Tips for Young Lawyers

The Benefits of Referral Service Membership

April 12,2010

These days it seems that getting — and keeping — a job is at the forefront of many people's minds. The recession has affected industries coast to coast and professions of all types. The legal world is no exception. Many young lawyers face limited career opportunities post-graduation, come from firms forced to down-size, or simply have a desire to hang out their own shingle, leaving them with the responsibility of generating a client base.

By Denny Gee
Article of Interest

Pleading Requirements and Surviving Rule 12(b)(6)

April 13,2010

The federal pleading standards have undergone major changes in the last three years. Until recently, courts analyzing the sufficiency of a plaintiff's complaint relied on a “conceivability” standard – was the plaintiff's claim conceivable under any set of facts? In the last three years, the standard has shifted to one of “plausibility.” This new standard asks courts to look only at the face of the complaint to determine whether it sets out adequate facts to establish a plausible right to relief.

By Melissa L. Celeste
Access To Justice Commission Update

The Texas Access to Justice Commissions Proudly Supports the Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans Initiative

April 14,2010

The need of low income Texans for legal aid is significant and grossly unsatisfied. Approximately 5.2 million people have an income low enough to qualify them for legal aid, but only 20-20% of their needs are currently being met. Adding to that burden, in the last decade, one big segment of low-income population has been growing: veterans. The number of Texas veterans is likely to continue increasing at a substantial level during the next decade as well.

By Brian McGiverin