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 Affiliate

Feature TYLA Affiliate

San Antonio Young Lawyers Association: Focusing on Family
By:  Ty Hunter Sheehan

Like many bar organizations, the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association (SAYLA) hosts a successful monthly CLE and networking luncheon, after-work happy hour social events, formal evening charity functions, service oriented events, and importantly, two kickball teams.  Instead of the usual suit and tie cocktail gathering, CLE function, pro bono events, or social happy hour, which result in the participation of only members, judges and other lawyers, SAYLA members have requested a family friendly event be hosted to which they could bring their spouses and children. SAYLA listened to its members and has hosted two new events oriented towards fostering personal relationships among its members and their families.

Last year at a local park on a Sunday afternoon, SAYLA hosted the Inaugural Annual Family Fun Day and Chili Cook-off, a family event benefiting the Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas. The event featured multiple moonwalks, cotton candy, sno-cones, and a face painter for the kids.  For the adults the event featured: free music, all you could eat snacks and dinner, beer, wine, and a chili cook-off in which nine teams enthusiastically competed for top-chili and a people's choice award. Approximately 130 members, spouses and children participated in this afternoon-long family event. The participation and response from the membership was excellent. SAYLA looks forward to hosting the Second Annual Family Fun Day and Chili Cook-off in March of this year and to seeing its members and their spouses and children mix and mingle again this spring.

Borrowing an idea from the Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Association, in November SAYLA hosted its inaugural UnWined membership mixer, at the home of Ms. Priscilla Camacho, the immediate past president of SAYLA.  The goal of UnWined was to encourage members to unwind with their own bottle of wine (or beverage of choice) and hors d’oeuvres in a members home.  The event provided a new and more relaxed setting for members to gather and socialize with one another as well as the member's significant others. The inaugural event in San Antonio was a great success and was enjoyed by all in attendance.  Future UnWined mixers are planned and will be hosted at other members' homes, likely on a quarterly basis.

Although SAYLA now hosts several family oriented events, it of course continues to host its traditional networking, service, and CLE events.  In fact SAYLA will host its Third Annual Trial Skills Tournament on April 28, 2012 at the Bexar County Courthouse.  Young lawyers who participate in this event will enhance their trial skills and meet local San Antonio judges and attorneys.