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.





























































May 2011

Editor's Column
Editor's Column

Pick a Partner, Take a Case and Win an IPAD!
By: Brooke Ulrickson Allen

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. Once you have a match and select a case, your name is entered in a drawing to win an IPAD! The deadline to take a case for the contest is June 15, 2011 and the drawing will be at the State Bar Annual Meeting, June 23-24 in San Antonio. Plus, you can earn up to 5 hours of CLE for FREE!

Top Story
Top Story

TYLA and State Bar Election Results
By:  Robert Booth, Attorney, Mills Shirley L.L.P.

After a month of voting, the State Bar of Texas announced that C.E. Rhodes of Houston defeated David Courreges of Austin in the race for TYLA President-Elect. Rhodes will serve as the TYLA President in 2012-2013.

Feature TYLA Affiliate

Galveston County Young Lawyers Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

By:  Melody Poole, President-Elect, Galveston County Young Lawyers Association

Congratulations to Royston Rayzor associate, Kelly Haas, recipient of the Galveston County Young Lawyers Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for her extensive contributions to the bar and her service to the community. Kelly paused to receive the award in the midst of conducting the bar’s Annual Law Day Luncheon. Held at the San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center on April 28th, well over 100 local bar and judiciary members joined to celebrate this year’s Law Day theme: The Legacy of John Adams, from Boston to Guantanamo, and renew understanding of and appreciation for the principle of the rule of law.

Feature TYLA Project
Feature TYLA Project

The Little Voice - Coming to a Venue Near You!

By: Kristy Sims Piazza

In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month, TYLA hosted a premier of its newest project - The Little Voice - at the Angelica Movie Theater in Dallas, Texas on April 21, 2011. The premier was a huge success and had over 100 attendees that included survivors and experts featured in the video, professionals across the state that work with children, local media outlets and numerous nonprofit organizations such as Community Partners of Dallas, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Child Protective Services, C.A.S.A., and the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Tips For Young Lawyers
Tips For Young Lawyers

Get Business Booming! Time-Tested Tips from Successful Rainmakers

By:  Martha M. Newman, J.D., PCC, Executive & Professional Coaching, Gain Your Goals, Inc.

All of us are talented in some areas, weaker in others. However, instead of maximizing our talents, we tend to focus on improving our weaknesses.

This is wasted energy!

Big professional payoffs come from activities that play to our natural talents. And, this is especially true when it comes to business development and marketing.

Do you like to meet new people? Are you good at making small talk? Then, perhaps networking is your forte.

Article of Interest
Article of Interest

Is it Time to Get Your E-Discovery “House in Order”

By: Chad Love, Litigation Technology Consultant

It has been 4 years since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended to require litigants to include electronically stored information in discovery. Hopefully, by now attorneys are being proactive and not involuntarily re-active. The question is where to begin.

Access To Justice Commission Update

Texas Access to Justice Commission's Champions of Justice for Veterans Gala

Veterans throughout the state were honored at the Texas Access to Justice Commission's Champions of Justice for Veterans Gala Tuesday, April 26, at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin, Texas. More than $377,950 was raised to help provide civil legal services to low-income Texas veterans. The event also honored the Texas Access to Justice Commission’s 10-year anniversary and legal aid advocates.

Important Dates to Remember
Important Dates to Remember

May 5-8
TYLA Board Meeting - San Luis Hotel, Galveston

May 6
Bar exam results released

May 9
Law Day Ceremony - Texas Law Center, Austin

May 12
Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans - Tarrent County Bar Association Chapter
2011 Veterans and The Law Seminar
Please click here for more information.

May 12-14
ABA/YLD Spring Conference - Las Vegas, NV

May 20-21
Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans - El Paso Lawyers for Patriots
Please click here for more information.

May 23
New Lawyers' Induction Ceremony - Frank Erwin Center, Austin

May 30
Holiday - Memorial Day (Texas Law Center closed)

Take Note
Take Note

View This Month's TYLA President's Opinion

Jennifer Evans Morris
TYLA President 2010-2011

Registration is ready. Are You?
Where can you earn two full days of CLE all for one price? Why at the State Bar Annual Meeting of course! Join us in San Antonio June 23 – 24, 2011 (Thursday – Friday) for a variety of lectures, panels, and discussions on a wide range of topics by leading experts. With more than 80 top-notch learning sessions you can earn all your CLE and ethics credit for the year. From sessions on law practice management to ethics to legislative updates, there is something for everyone. For a program schedule and to register, visit www.texasbar.com/annualmeeting.

Sign up today for Partnering for Pro Bono and win an IPAD!
If you sign up on the website, find a partner and take a case by June 15, 2011, you will be placed into the drawing for an IPAD at the annual meeting. Plus, you can earn 5 hours of continuing education credit FREE while assisting with legal service to the poor. Many companies and law firms have already joined the cause and recently we invited more than 7,500 corporate counsel to participate. Currently, Texas attorneys are only addressing 25% of the legal needs of the poor - Partnering for Pro Bono is a great way to make a difference!  Click here for more information. 

TYLA and the National Trial Competition would like to recognize and thank our sponsor Gurrola Reprographics Inc. for generously donating and delivering our competition exhibit boards.  If you are in the Houston area and have any current and future reprographic needs, please contact them at 713-861-4277.

YouTube Contest Winners Announced
The State Bar of Texas 2011 YouTube video contest awards will be presented May 9 at the Texas Law Center in Austin as part of the statewide Law Day celebration. This year's theme was "The Difference a Lawyer Makes." Participants were asked to create a 30-second video in the style of a public service announcement.
Winner of a $500 scholarship in the under 18 category is Ryan Nelson of Dallas for his video, "What’s Great About Lawyers." Matthew Crouch, an attorney with the Office of the Texas Attorney General in Austin, picked up $500 in the 18 or older category for his video, "What They Gave." Jacob and Erin Lawler of Georgetown received the $500 prize for the People's Choice Award for their video, "Texas Lawyers: Looking Out For You."
The entries in the Under 18 and 18 or Older categories were judged by Sally Helppie, a Dallas entertainment lawyer and film producer; Cathy Davenport, director of the video production company Left Brain Creative; and Texas Young Lawyers Association Treasurer Alyssa J. Long. The People's Choice Award was based on the number of YouTube views at the time entries were submitted to the judges.

Local Bars Offer Veterans and Military Law Seminars
As part of the Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans initiative, El Paso Lawyers for Patriots, an arm of the El Paso Bar Association, is holding a two-day CLE aimed at preparing legal professionals to better address the legal needs of the military community. The course will be held May 20-21, 2011, at Fort Bliss in El Paso, with topics ranging from initial military client interview to jurisdiction and service of process and from the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to military retirement issues, family law issues, and more. Featured speakers include Capt. Evan Seamone of the Judge Advocate General's Corps, Prof. Kyndra R. Rotunda of UC Berkeley School of Law and Executive Director of AMVETS Legal Clinic, and LTC George McHugh, Liaison Officer from the Department of Defense to the ABA's Military Pro Bono Project. In addition, Brian K. Walker, a partner in Walker & Walker in Burleson who assisted in preparing TYLA’s veterans resource pamphlets, will be speaking on Saturday, May 21, on the VA claims and appeals process. For more information, visit http://www.elpasobar.com.

The Tarrant County Bar Association is holding a half-day CLE, “Veterans and the Law,” on May 12 at the Tarrant County Bar Center in Fort Worth. The course is designed as a topic overview to help lawyers who are interested in volunteering through a veterans legal clinic. Speakers include Texas Supreme Court Justice Phil Johnson, a Silver Star recipient; Judge Brent Carr of the Tarrant County veterans court; and James O. Richman of the Texas Veterans Commission. For more information, visit http://www.tarrantbar.org.

TYLA Seeks Spanish Translators
Are you fluent in Spanish? Do you want to become more involved in TYLA? If your answer to both of these questions is “si,” TYLA is looking for your help. TYLA is currently in the process of translating several of our educational pamphlets into Spanish. These pamphlets are distributed throughout our communities and TYLA wants to expand the impact of these pamphlets to the Spanish-speaking communities. If you are interested in helping, please contact Michelle Palacios at mpalacios@texasbar.com.

TYLA Annual Report 2009-2010
Want to know how TYLA is serving its members and the community? Then be sure to read the 2009-2010 annual report, which details the activities of TYLA during the 2009-2010 Bar year. Click here for a copy or call 800-204-2222, ext. 1529 and we'll send you a copy.
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
To pay online click

Win a Free iPad with State Bar Member Discounts Program
The State Bar of Texas Member Discounts Program can help put a little spring in your step with savings on everything from computers and office supplies to vacation packages and tickets. Own a pet? This month, State Bar members can win a free iPad simply by requesting a quote on pet insurance from PurinaCare® Pet Health Insurance. And don’t miss the special offers available in May through the Member Discounts website! Click here for details.

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 https://texasbar.affinitycircles.com/sbot/auth/login.