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

How to Deal with the DA's Office
By:  Amanda Navarette

So you’ve gotten your first criminal case or appointment and now you have to make contact with the dreaded district attorney’s office. Pretty scary right? The DA’s office can be intimidating, especially when you are dealing with large offices.  Here are a few tips to help you interact with the DA’s office more effectively and comfortably:

     1. Introduce yourself.  Take an afternoon out to introduce yourself to the prosecutors and staff at the DA’s office. That time will pay off in the end when you call for discovery requests or appointment requests. They will be able to put a face to the voice on the receiver and will be more likely to help you out or at least more comfortable talking to you.

     2. Always be honest.  It is most important to be honest when dealing with the prosecutor and the district attorney’s office. One lie or misrepresentation will cause you to lose all credibility with the office, even if it was a mistake.

     3. Know your case.  When meeting with prosecutors to discuss your client’s case know the facts, be prepared and be honest.  Nothing is more frustrating to prosecutors than having to read the reports to the defense attorney and brief the defense attorney on their client’s case.  Arrange to read the file before scheduling an appointment with a prosecutor. Many offices have open file type policies that will allow you to read the file and/or make copies of case reports, which leads to tip number three.

     4. Know the local rules and procedures.  Each county and district attorney’s office has their own set of procedures, rules on discovery, plea bargaining, and court settings.  Get to know the local rules and procedures for the specific court you are practicing in and the procedures for the district attorney’s office.   Knowing the procedures will make your life easier and in turn you will be able to spend your time wisely when reviewing files and scheduling appointments with the DA’s office.

     5. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it will definitely make dealing with the DA’s office easier if you just ask questions. There is always someone in the district attorney’s office that would be more than willing to help the new guy out. Also, ask your neighboring attorney for tips and advice that will save you time and money. Find a veteran attorney to shadow or to be a mentor.

Dealing with the District Attorney’s office may be daunting in the beginning, but following these tips will help you jump that first hurdle.