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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Editor's Column

Editor's Column

Open Doors, Open Minds
By:  Chip Brooker

This month many of you will have the opportunity to meet the candidates for State Bar President-Elect and TYLA President-Elect as they tour the state campaigning for your votes. Each of these four men—Guy Choate, Buck Files, David Courreges, and C.E. Rhodes—have distinguished records of service to the bar, the profession, and the community at large, and when you meet them, I hope that you will give them two things—an open door and an open mind.

I ask for an open door because each of these candidates is parting ways with their families, their colleagues, and almost everything else to do one thing … meet you. By the end of the month—they may hide it—but they’re going to be road-weary, well-travelled, and running on fumes. However, the hospitality that they receive this month from you and others will give them the energy to keep going and to continue fighting for the best interests of all Texas lawyers.

I also ask for an open mind because each of these candidates are going to have different ideas about which way the State Bar and TYLA should go in the future. In the rear-view mirror, we have just gone through the voting process on the proposed amendments to the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure. However, those issues are not going away, and there are new issues on the horizon, including unemployment, veterns issues, and funding for equal access to justice. This month keep an open mind and do your best to determine each of these candidates’ visions for the State Bar and TYLA. You can read more about the candidates for TYLA President-Elect in this edition of eNews and upcoming issues of the Texas Bar Journal.

By keeping an open door and an open mind, you’ll be well positioned to vote and help shape the future of the Bar and TYLA through these leaders.