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

Celebrate the Holidays by Helping Others
By: John W. Shaw, Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz, PLLC

For you, the holidays may a joyous time to spend with family and friends. For some, however, it is not as enjoyable. Consider parents who cannot afford to buy gifts for their children, homeless trying to find a meal, and elderly passing time alone in assisted living.

This month, young lawyers throughout Texas are helping others by donating toys for children, and by volunteering at shelters and nursing homes. The selflessness of young lawyers throughout the state of Texas is yet another reason that I am proud to be part of such an amazing group.

This December eNews highlights ways you can help the poor. Clint Harbour’s top story explains the benefits of the Prime Partner Program for IOLTA accounts. After reading Sally Pretorius’s article on the Ladies Night Out benefiting poor women, consider hosting a similar event in your city.

This eNews also contains advice for practicing lawyers. Justice Brett Busby gives tips for handling appeals. Eric Opiela provides an update on recent development in eminent domain for pipelines. Finally, Lee Ann Reno recaps the Amarillo Area Young Lawyers Association trial advocacy program.

The American Bar Association's 2012 Midyear meeting will be held February 6-12, in Dallas, Texas. Anita Barksdale and Jobe Rodgers give a preview of the Young Lawyers Division events.

Looking forward into 2013, if you have a story of a young lawyer helping others, or if you would like to write an article of interest benefiting our membership, please contact Bree Trevino.

On behalf of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, I wish you a joyous holidays and a happy New Year.