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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June-July 2010

Editor's Column

Celebrating 80 Years of Public Service
By:  Kenneth C. Riney

Last month’s Annual Meeting marked the 80th birthday of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. When TYLA was founded in 1930 as the Junior Bar of Texas, its founding members could not have possibly comprehended that the organization would one day be receiving awards for projects like R U Safe? Protecting Yourself in Cyberspace, a series of videos designed to educate children and their parents about online dangers. However, it is likely that they did envision the organization continuing to carry out the mission for which it was founded—serving the public.

Top Story
Top Story

TYLA Annual Report: A Birthday Celebration
By: Shivali Sharma

This year’s Texas Young Lawyers Association Annual Meeting marked eighty years of dedicated service since the establishment of the organization in 1930 as the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas. As 2009-2010 President Cori A. Harbour blew out the candles, the entire room lit up in celebration of the amazing accomplishments TYLA achieved during her presidency.

Feature TYLA Affiliate

Fort Worth/Tarrant County Young Lawyers Project - Young Lawyers Salary Survey
By:  Jennifer L. Willingham

In today's economy, it is imperative for young lawyers and the employers hiring them to know how much a young attorney can reasonably expect to earn during their first few years of practice. Unfortunately, such information has generally been unavailable in Fort Worth and surrounding areas in Tarrant County.

Feature TYLA Project

TYLA Hosts Jack & Jill for a Professionalism and Job Seminar for Students
By:  Lance Currie

Recently, TYLA hosted twenty Dallas-area high school students who participate in the Jack & Jill program for a Professionalism and Job Seminar. Jack & Jill is a national organization with goals to encourage, expose and educate youth through community service projects, academic study and recreation. The program walked the students through the steps of applying for a job, and then taught them the basics of their rights in the workplace. Finally, the students were shown some simple lessons in personal finance.

Tips For Young Lawyers

Using the New TYLA Website as a Resource
By: Robert E. Booth

The new TYLA website at www.tyla.org offers many good resources for young lawyers. When accessing the TYLA website, click the Resources link at the top of the page to access the following resources under the “Lawyers” tab:

Article of Interest

ESI Preservation and Collection in the wake of Pension Committee v. Banc of America
By: Jennifer Butler Wells

Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of the Southern District of New York, author of the Zubulake opinions, recently released the opinion in Pension Committee v. Banc of America. The opinion, subtitled “Zubulake Revisited: Six Years Later,” seeks to clarify the standards established in the Zubulake opinions.

Access To Justice Commission Update

Texas Lawyers Raise Funds for Access to Justice
By:  Hannah Silk Kapasi

Recently, Texas lawyers received their State Bar of Texas membership dues statement. You may have noticed that the option to contribute to the Access to Justice (ATJ) campaign looked different than it has on past dues statements. The 2010-2011 Membership Statement already included a $150 Access to Justice contribution. You may have chosen to donate $150 for access to justice by simply paying the dues as reflected on your statement.

Important Dates to Remember

July 5
Holiday--Independence Day (Texas Law Center closed)

July 6
TYLA grant applications mailed to all TYLA Local Affiliate Presidents for the 2010-2011 Local Affiliate Grant Program

July 6
TYLA deadline to receive committee Plan of Action and Budget Requests

July 16-18
TYLA Executive Committee Retreat

July 23-24
SBOT Local Bar Leaders Conference/TYLA Local Affiliates Conference with Access to Justice Track
-Westin Galleria, Houston
Click here for more information or click here to view the brochure.

August 5-10
ABA/YLD Annual Meeting
-San Francisco, CA

August 20
TYLA Minority Scholarship applications and brochures mailed to all participating Texas ABA-accredited law schools

August 27
TYLA deadline to receive grant applications for the 2010-2011 Local Affiliate Grant Program

August 30
TYLA deadline to receive final first committee report

Take Note

View This Month's TYLA President's Opinion

Jennifer Evans Morris
TYLA President 2010-2011


TYLA Annual Report 2009-2010
Want to know how TYLA is serving its members and the community? Then be sure to read the 2009-2010 annual report, which details the activities of TYLA during the 2009-2010 Bar year. Click here for a copy
or call 800-204-2222, ext. 1529 and we'll send you a copy.

Get Involved and Sign Up Today!
If you want to be involved as an active volunteer in TYLA visit our website to find out more about TYLA committees and their focus ... then sign up online! Please note: if you signed up for a committee prior to June 2010, you will need to sign up for your committees again. Committee memberships are reset each year on June 1st.

TYLA Local Leader Directory
Please email the TYLA office if there are any changes to your local affiliates contact information.

If your affiliate has an upcoming event that you would like featured in eNews, please forward the information to Bree Trevino or contact eNews Co-Chairs Ken Riney or Brooke Ulrickson

Ten Minute Mentor

Ten Minute Mentor is a TYLA project that debuted in 2004 as a means for sharing concise and practical advice that is always accessible online. Since that time, it has proven its enduring appeal as one of TYLA's most successful projects. More than 50,000 people have visited the site, and we continue to average more than 2,000 segments viewed each month. You can visit the site at www.tenminutementor.com.

Support Pro Bono Legal Services and Let Everyone Know It!

The Texas Young Lawyers Association needs your help to support and promote free legal services for indigent Texans by purchasing a specialty license plate. The license plate proudly states that you support "Justice for All" and can be purchased for only $30.00 per year.
$22.00 from the purchase of each plate will be deposited into an account
supporting legal services to the poor. If you would like that plate personalized, you can get your plate for $70.00 per year. To purchase your plate today, simply fill out an
application and send your check, payable to the Texas Department of Transportation, to the following address:
Vehicle Titles and Registration Division (SPB)
Texas Department of Transportation
Austin, TX 78779-0001
To pay online click

Rule 78a Requires Civil Case Information Sheet

New Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 78A requires that a case information sheet accompany the filing of an original petition in a civil case and certain post-judgment motions under the Texas Family Code. [5/10]
For details and instructions, including the form for the sheet, visit this page and see the heading, "Civil Case Information Sheet."

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Member Benefits Program
Are you looking for ways to save this summer? Take advantage of exclusive money-saving offers from the State Bar of Texas Member Benefits Program. Bar members are eligible for discounts on products and services including car rental, clothing, computer hardware and software, office supplies, and more. For details on the State Bar Member Benefits Program, please click here.