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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Feature TYLA Project

Feature TYLA Project

Ladies Night Out
By: Sally Pretorius

On December 3, 2012, representatives from the Texas Young Lawyers Association headed to Bastrop to host a Ladies Night Out for domestic-violence survivors at the Bastrop Family Crisis Center. The night began with the ladies being shuttled on a luxury bus to a local hotel, where a feast awaited them. The ladies were able to bring their children, who ate pizza and watched holiday movies in an adjacent room. TYLA Directors Sally Pretorius and Dustin Howell, TYLA President-elect Kristy Piazza-Blanchard, and TYLA President C.E. Rhodes presented Healing the Wounds, a TYLA feature project. The film follows the story of a domestic-violence survivor and helps educate victims of family violence about their legal rights.

After viewing the film the women were able to continue the conversations with family-law attorneys, who answered questions about the process. A make-up artist from Rae Cosmetics and local hair stylists Alex Marie Patterson and Mary Rose Jimenez, who graciously donated their services, were on hand to do mini-make-overs for the women. The night ended with goodie bags for the women and children containing essentials and little treats.

It was an honor to be a part of such a great program that dramatically improved these women’s lives even for the few hours that we were at the event. It was amazing to see local businesses jump at the opportunity to help these women in whatever way they possibly could. These women often have to leave everything they own in order to flee to safety and often have to live in poverty as they try to build a new life for themselves and their families. These domestic-violence survivors are amazing women.

If you are interested in hosting a local “Ladies Night Out” with your community, please contact Sally Pretorius for more information and resources.