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


Views and opinions expressed in eNews are those of their authors and not necessarily those of the Texas Young Lawyers Association or the State Bar of Texas.





























































July-August 2011

Editor's Column
Editor's Column

A Renewed Commitment
By: Kenneth C. Riney, Hermes Sargent Bates, LLP, Editor, eNews

Every summer, there is a change in TYLA’s leadership; a new president is sworn in, new officers are installed and newly elected directors take their place on the board of directors. Although TYLA’s leadership changes on an annual basis, there is one constant that accompanies this transition: a renewed commitment to TYLA’s goals of facilitating the administration of justice, fostering respect for the law, advancing the role of the legal profession in service the public, assisting Texas attorneys in their practice and providing public legal education services to Texans. And with this renewed commitment by TYLA’s leadership comes new opportunities for TYLA members to assist in achieving these goals.

Top Story
Top Story

Bar Leaders Conference Kicks Off the Bar Year
By: Cameron Cox, Attorney, Sawko & Burroughs, P.C.

The 2011 Bar Leaders Conference, held this year in Houston, contained a unique aroma of service to the Bar with the flavor of giving back to the community. The Conference blended all local affiliates and leaders, allowing them to coordinate and develop successful initiatives for the upcoming year.

Feature TYLA Affiliate
Feature TYLA Affiliate

DAYL Continues to Let Freedom Run 10 Years After 9/11
By: Jason Jobe

The 11th Annual Freedom Run 5K and Bill Carollo One Mile Walk, organized by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, will take place on the evening of Thursday, September 8th beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Dallas City Hall Plaza. The first Freedom Run was organized by the Dallas Associations of Young Lawyers in the weeks after 9/11. Ten years later, the Freedom Run continues to provide an annual opportunity for the citizens of DFW, and beyond, to unite in tribute to the heroes and victims of that tragic day and to honor the continued sacrifices that our police officers and first responders make on a daily basis.

Feature TYLA Project
Feature TYLA Project

Win Bragging Rights for your Local Affiliate!
By: Kristy Piazza

Hopefully you have heard about Partnering for Pro Bono, an innovative new project to encourage and facilitate pro bono work between in-house counsel and law firm lawyers. After registering at www.tyla.org/partneringforprobono, in-house counsel lawyers are matched with law firm lawyers and the newly-formed team selects a case from the website.

Tips For Young Lawyers
Tips For Young Lawyers

Legislative Update – Texas Enacts Additional Tort Reform
By: Robert Booth, Attorney, Mills Shirley LLP

In December 2010, on the eve of the 82nd Legislative Session, Governor Perry proposed more tort reform, the centerpiece being a British-style “loser pays” rule that would require the losing party to pick up the other side’s legal costs. For his efforts, Governor Perry received a glowing editorial endorsement in the Wall Street Journal. However, many small businesses opposed the reforms because it would hamper their ability to enforce rights against their bigger brethren. Additionally, some lawyers, still reeling from the 2003 tort reform and a downturn in the legal market, were less than enthusiastic over the prospect of legislation calling for the client and attorney to be jointly and severally liable for losing in court.

Article of Interest
Article of Interest

Texas Supreme Court Issues Opinion Holding That Parties Can Seek Expanded Judicial Review Of Arbitration Awards In Texas Under TAA
By:  David F. Johnson

One of the main concerns that litigants have about arbitration is that there is very little appellate review. The fear of a “run-away” arbitrator with no real judicial review of an award has resulted in parties taking out arbitration clauses and inserting jury waiver clauses in their contracts. But a recent Texas Supreme Court opinion alleviates some of the judicial review concerns that have stigmatized arbitration and may once more make arbitration a more attractive alternative to the public justice system.

ABA YLD Update
ABA YLD Update

Benefits and Opportunities
By: Anita Barksdale
Do you want to rub elbows with young lawyers from across the country and around the world? Do you just need any legitimate excuse available to take your family on a fabulous trip? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, then you should attend the next meeting of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (“ABA YLD”), which will be held from October 13th through the 15th at the ABA’s 2011 Fall Conference in Seattle, Washington.

Important Dates to Remember
Important Dates to Remember

August 19, 2011
TYLA Minority Scholarship applications and brochures mailed to all participating Texas ABA-accredited law schools

August 26, 2011
TYLA Deadline to receive grant applications for the 2011-2012 Local Affiliate Grant Program

August 29, 2011
TYLA Deadline to receive first committee report

Take Note
Take Note

View This Month's TYLA President-Elect's Opinion
Natalie Cobb Koehler
TYLA President




Making the Case
The State Bar of Texas has created an online portal — www.texasbar.com/makingthecase — that contains resources to help you lead a conversation with a community group about the role of lawyers and the judicial system in our society. This website includes ideas for speaking to community groups, tools to help you with your presentation, and inspirational profiles and videos about trailblazing Texas lawyers who have contributed to the legal landscape of our state and nation.

The State Bar has also produced We Are Lawyers, a wonderful video that showcases the impact lawyers have had on our society. Visit www.texasbar.com/makingthecase to learn more. To receive a copy of this 10-minute video, email Judy Marchman or call (800) 204-2222, ext. 1520. 

Summer Savings through the State Bar Member Discounts Program

Take advantage of the State Bar Member Discounts Program to save money this summer on car rentals, cruises, resorts, and theme park tickets. Click here for travel and entertainment discounts or visit texasbar.beneplace.com for more great savings from dozens of retailers and service providers. State Bar Member Discounts — A new way for Texas lawyers to shop!



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 Kenneth C. Riney or Brooke Ulrickson Allen.

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 $35.00 per year.

$25.00 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
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Make New Connections with Texas Bar Circle
More than 14,000 of your peers have joined Texas Bar Circle - our social and professional network for Texas lawyers. Join today and reconnect with colleagues, find jobs, explore opportunities, and have fun. The power of Texas Bar Circle is in the connections you will make. Visit here.


TYLA Annual Report 2010-2011
Want to know how TYLA is serving its members and the community? Then be sure to read the 2010-2011 annual report, which details the activities of TYLA during the 2010-2011 Bar year. Click here for a copy or call 800-204-2222, ext. 1529 and we'll send you a copy.