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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Texas Access To Justice Commission Update

Texas Access To Justice Commission Update

TYLA Affiliate Leaders Focus on Ensuring Access to Lawyers
By Hannah Silk Kapasi, Staff Attorney, Texas Access to Justice Commission

Vexing problems require creative solutions. These tough economic times mean that more people who need legal help can’t afford it. At the same time, legal nonprofits are facing significant cuts and can’t provide the level of services they could even a few years ago. In other words, more people need free or reduced-fee lawyers, yet there are fewer lawyers providing these services.

Newly elected TYLA affiliate leaders from around the state who are interested in giving back to their communities attended workshops last month focused on increasing access to lawyers for poor Texans. These workshops were a part of the larger Local Bar Leaders Conference held in Houston in July.

The attendees received a broad overview of the legal needs of low-income individuals and then spent the remainder of their time focusing on the various ways local leaders could help address the problem.

The problem of access to justice can seem so large that it may be difficult to figure out how to make a dent. But there are so many things that you can do, including:
• Taking a pro bono case through an approved legal-services provider;
• Mentoring someone on a pro bono case;
• Adding limited-scope representation as an option for your paying clients;
• Making your Access to Justice contribution;
• Hosting a fundraiser to support your local legal-aid office; and
• Encouraging your bar association to set up a modest-means or a limited-scope representation

The list could go on and on. The point is this: Every bit counts. Every time you do something you are helping someone. And that is powerful stuff.

To learn more about getting involved in your area, call Hannah Silk Kapasi, staff attorney at the Texas Access to Justice Commission. (Hannah.Kapasi@texasbar.com or (512) 427-1895.