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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Tips For Young Lawyers

Tips For Young Lawyers

By:  Gary McNeil

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was established in 1974 by the Supreme Court of Texas to administer a program under which attorneys with sufficient experience, continuing legal education and education in a specific area of law could become “Board Certified” in that area and advertise the certification. The goals of the program were to recognize expertise and encourage ongoing study in a specialty area and to provide the public with a means of identifying a capable attorney in that area.

Applicants for certification must be licensed active members in good standing of the State Bar of Texas, maintain an office in Texas, have been practicing for at least five years, have met minimum practice requirements in the area, have completed at least 60 hours of continuing legal education in the area and obtain favorable peer review.

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is accepting certification application applications for 2011. You can find the specific requirements for each specialty area at www.tbls.org.

Some helpful tips:

Verification of Identity – To enter some areas on the site you will be required to enter your bar card number and PIN/Password which you have on file with the State Bar.

For Information – After you log on, select “Get Certified” to find information about fees and the experience requirements and exam specifications for the area(s) in which you are interested.

For CLE Hours – You can quickly see how much qualifying CLE you have in a specialty area by selecting “TBLS CLE Summary Report”. This will reflect all activity you have reported to the MCLE Department for the specialty area in question.

NOTE: After you have done this, decide if you have the necessary experience to apply in 2011. If you feel you do not, make a copy of the application so you can see what information is required for the specialty area (trials, appeals, documents, etc.) and create a file which lists that information. You will find this immensely helpful when you apply in the future.

To Apply – You submit your application online. Just select the appropriate “Online Application” and begin completing the required information in the specialty area. Information you enter will be saved and you will be able to access it when you return to the site. The application filing period is typically from February to April each year and examinations are administered in mid-October.
If you have questions, feel free to call us toll free at 1-855-277-TBLS (8257).