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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Access To Justice Commission Update

Access To Justice Commission Update

TYLA, SBOT, and Fourteen Local Bar Associations Speak Up for Legal Aid Funding
By:  Benet Magnuson

In a very broad and deep show of support for low-income Texans and the lawyers who support them, TYLA, the State Bar, and fourteen local bar associations passed resolutions this spring calling on the Texas legislature to fund basic civil legal services in Texas.

Without this funding, the fragile legal aid infrastructure will face a crippling crisis. Legal aid offices in Texas closed over 100,000 cases last year, and half of those cases were handled by legal aid organizations that do not receive federal funding. If Texas removes its funding for basic legal services, thousands of clients will have no place to go.

The majority of legal aid clients in Texas are victims of domestic violence, who need an attorney to break the legal connections that bind abuser and victim. The elderly, veterans, and persons with disabilities similarly rely on the legal aid infrastructure to secure benefits.

The strong show of support expressed in the bar association resolutions show the importance of legal aid to the legal system in Texas. As Supreme Court of Texas Justice Nathan Hecht explained the issue to the Dallas Morning News editorial board, legal aid is a fundamental part of the rule of law. “Access to the courthouse shouldn’t be dependent upon your ability to pay,” Hecht told the board. In its editorial, the newspaper urged Texas legislators to fund legal aid: “Everyone understands that access to justice is a cornerstone of our democracy.”