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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ABA YLD Update

2011 ABA/YLD Fall Update
By:  Jobe Rodgers

If you weren’t able to attend the ABA/YLD’s Fall Conference in Seattle, you missed a great weekend.  With record attendance, the Fall Conference featured more than 20 educational and practical sessions provided by some of the country’s brightest legal minds. 

One featured session was the sold out General Counsel Luncheon featuring David Byers, Director, Corporate Counsel, Licensing & Franchising at Starbucks; Steve Crown, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation; and Melissa Matthews, Assistant General Counsel of the Seattle Mariners.  The panel provided invaluable insight on how to get a general counsel position, what to do when you are general counsel and most importantly for most of us, how to deal with a company’s general counsel. 

And as always, the YLD knows how to throw a party.  This fall’s Gala was held a Seattle’s Experience Music Project featuring exhibits from Nirvana, Jimmy Hendrix, and Avatar.   The Nirvana exhibit featured hand-written items from Kurt Cobain, many of his drawings and several garage recordings.  Also on display were the legendary broken guitars and “angels” from the In Utero tour.  One interesting connection between Hendrix and Cobain is that they both played guitar left handed but often used right handed guitars strung upside-down. 

The most important even, however, was the launch of Project Salute.   Partnering with the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law, the YLD has embarked on this year-long effort to provide free legal clinics to educate our military veterans about the available benefits and to assist them in filing their claims.  The Pike Market Senior Center was gracious to host the event that saw many veterans get the help they so desperately need from our young lawyer volunteers.   You cannot imagine what this assistance means to the men and women that have served in the United States Armed Forces.  As one veteran tearfully put it, “it means so much to us, because we have done so much for you.” 

Coming up this fall are the ABA/YLD’s Touch 10,000 initiative as well as several webinars and teleconferences.  If you are a new lawyer, be looking to take advantage of these events and opportunities.   Also, begin making plans to attend the Midyear meeting in New Orleans, February 2-4.  You will not want to miss networking and educational opportunities that the Midyear meeting has to offer.  And you can also take the time to invest in the lives of others at our Project Salute veterans’ clinic. Oh, and did I mention that it is in New Orleans? 

For more information on Project Salute and all of the ABA/YLD’s upcoming events, go to http://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers.html.