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

Pausing During this Season of Busy
By:  Rebekah Steely Brooker

At the end of the year, when the days get shorter and Christmas displays appear in October, I find myself feeling anxious over all the stuff I was not able to accomplish in my day.  As attorneys, we provide a service, which often means we have to adjust our daily schedules to when it is most convenient for our clients.  It is not uncommon to look up at the end of the day and wonder, “Where did my day go?”  I have discovered that I often get too busy to stop and enjoy the simple things – like leaves changing colors or the crispness in the air.  But this year I have challenged myself to “pause” to enjoy the little moments that make life truly special. 

In this issue of eNews, you will read about some great opportunities to “pause,” including participating in TYLA’s Wills Clinic on November 17th at the Golden Hub in Fredericksburg, Texas.   You will also read some articles that will make you “pause” such as our top story about a TYLA project called “Breaking the Silence: A Path to Finding Mental Health.”  This project targets those who struggle with depression and mental illness in an effort to provide them with the resources needed to get help.  Our tips for young lawyers article will assist you in developing your business and will set you on the path of becoming a rainmaker. 

I challenge you to join me in “pausing” even if only for a minute during this busy season.  I have recently discovered that when I take a minute to appreciate something, I always end up smiling or laughing.  For example, a few moments ago I “paused” to look out my kitchen window to watch my husband struggle to keep up with the falling leaves in our yard and my children playing outside now that it is no longer 108 degrees outside.  I think I might just extend my “pause” and join the fun outside!