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 Project

Feature TYLA Project

TYLA Supports Local Veterans
By: Kristy Sims Piazza

To commemorate Veterans Day, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, along with local Waco area young lawyers, participated in the annual Waco Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2011. The lawyers in attendance included TYLA board members Kimberly Smith, Kristy Sims Piazza, Cameron Cox, Angela Cruseturner and Natalie Koehler, as well as local attorneys Scott Omo, Rebecca Griffin, Spring Thummel, Lewis Giles, Andy Powell, Shannon Brandt, and Baylor Law student Josaphat Plater-Zybert. The lawyers walked in the parade and distributed Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans resource material to all veterans and family members in attendance.

TYLA Hosts Legal Clinic for Senior Citizens and Veterans.

The TYLA Low Income Texans committee hosted a free legal clinic for senior citizens and veterans at the Golden Hub in Fredericksburg, Texas, on November 17, 2011. The TYLA committee members in attendance included Erin O’Driscoll, Kimberly Smith, Dustin Howell, Lance Currie, Sam Houston, Rebekah Brooker, Kristy Sims Piazza and TYLA President Natalie Koehler. There were also several local attorneys who volunteered their time at the event including Carroll Bryla, Chris C. Schoessow, Gayle D. Schoessow, Jennifer D. Bryla and Sharesa Y. Alexander. The attorneys provided free legal resources to attendees on probate, veterans issues, and seniors and the law. The attorneys also provided free powers of attorney and medical directives for all attendees in need. The clinic had a great turn out and was a huge success. If you or your local affiliate is interested in partnering with TYLA on any clinics in your area, please contact Kristy Sims Piazza for information.