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

Peace on Earth and Justice For All
By: Deborah G. Hankinson, Vice Chair, Texas Access to Justice Foundation

Like you, I receive many appeals this time of year from the various community and religious organizations with which I am affiliated. And while we give for a variety of reasons, as lawyers, part of our professional responsibility includes finding time to participate in or support legal services to the disadvantaged.

The State Bar of Texas has an aspirational pro bono goal of 50 hours of legal services to the poor each year, or the equivalent financial contribution to an organization that provides direct legal services to the poor. Many of you take this responsibility seriously and donate your time, talent, and resources in your local community. We often do so because of our belief that equal justice and the fair administration of justice are cornerstones of our democracy and core functions of our government.

But for clients of legal aid, justice is not an abstract ideal. For some of them, it is food; for others, shelter; and for many of them, protection.

Legal aid programs help more than 120,000 of these families each year - families like Jill’s who are ripped apart by domestic violence and addiction but have found safety and security that only legal help could provide. Jill is creating a stable life for her children and is now studying nursing to support her family. And that of another young mother serving in the military and deployed to Afghanistan. Her estranged husband took her son from Oregon to Texas and her pro bono lawyer fought the father’s effort to obtain custody of the boy in a Texas court, and won. The boy was reunited with his mother on Christmas Eve.

Thank you to the many lawyers who have contributed to improving the lives of thousands of Texans through your support of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation. We appreciate your sponsorship of the annual fundraising gala, the donations on your dues statement, contributions through your section, and other meaningful donations of your resources.

The recent federal budget cuts are devastating to legal aid and your support is essential. This holiday season, please consider contributing to Texans in need of legal services by returning the donation envelope mailed in your December Update newsletter, online at www.tajf.org, or by making a donation to your local legal aid program.

Thank you for making justice a reality for those with nowhere else to turn.