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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TYLA Introduces Helpful Resources for Helpful Clerks
By: Shivali Sharma, Attorney, Texas Sixth Court of Appeals

You can find the queen bee in the honeycomb of any court right behind the entrance. It’s the clerk. Court clerks have a difficult job. They handle court administrative functions, answer lawyers' phone calls and questions, and deal with the general public in a friendly, professional manner. Any attorney who has received assistance from a clerk knows that they can be your best friend in a time of need. The County & District Clerks Association of Texas (CDCAT) promotes professional standards of court clerks and educates them about the statutory and constitutional duties of their offices. On September 27th, CDCAT will hold its District Court Alliance Meeting in Kerrville, Texas at the Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel & Conference Center. The dedication and spirit of service of our clerks can be seen in the title of their first meeting agenda item, presentation of “How To Be A Magnificent Public Server And Get Results.”

At this meeting, TYLA plans to seize upon an opportunity to assist our friendly clerks. TYLA has created Helpful Resources For Helpful Clerks, a quick-reference guide containing links to TYLA pamphlets and brochures that can be doled out to the inquisitive general public. TYLA is very excited to present this snazzy, bi-lingual reference wheel (pictured below), as well as a package of TYLA resources at CDCAT’s meeting.   

The first project featured in the packet of resources will be the newly revamped American Juror video (visit www.americanjuror.org) designed to keep prospective jurors interested and awake by engaging and informing them of importance of jury service. The packet will also including the following:

General/Consumer Resources:[1]

  • How to Sue in Small Claims Court - an overview of the general process used to file, obtain judgment and collect a small claims court judgment
  • Name Changes in Texas - an overview of the process for changing one's name
  • Expunctions in Texas - an overview of the expunction and non-disclosure processes in Texas
  • Facing Foreclosure - answers basic questions about the foreclosure process and provides helpful information on available resources
  • Tenant’s Rights Handbook - an overview of landlord tenant matters and tenant’s rights

Family Law:[2]

  • What to Expect in Texas Family Law Court - explains what to procedures and basic laws relating to Texas family law cases
  • Pro Se Divorce Handbook - provides information for those representing themselves in a simple, uncontested divorce, along with discussions about division of marital property and issues concerning children
  • Ending the Violence: How to Obtain a Texas Protective Order - discusses the basics of eligibility for a protective order, the procedure for obtaining a protective order and the manner in which a protective order operates in Texas
  • Adoption Options - assists those considering adoption make informed decisions by answering commonly asked questions and by providing a list of available resources
  • Committed to Healing: Involuntary Commitment Procedures - introduction to involuntary commitment proceedings in Texas courts, including possible signals of mental health issues, a discussion of involuntary commitment procedures and a comparison of involuntary commitment and guardianship

Resources for Senior Citizens:[3]

  • To Will or Not to Will - reviews the law on wills in Texas and explains the advantages of executing a will and other legal directives
  • Medical Power of Attorney Form
  • Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogates Form
  • Probate Manual – explains the probate process (not yet available online)

TYLA hopes that you will see our resources on the clerk’s desk next time you visit the courthouse. If you do not, please take the time to call us at (800) 204-2222 ext. 1529 to obtain our Helpful Resources For Helpful Clerks. The clerks you know will be thrilled to have this, and they will remember your generosity the next time you need some guidance.


[1] Available at http://tyla.org/tyla/index.cfm/resources/general-public/consumer-issues1/.

[2] Available at http://tyla.org/tyla/index.cfm/resources/general-public/family-law/.

[3] Available at http://tyla.org/tyla/index.cfm/resources/general-public/senior-citizens/.