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

Appealing your Home Appraisal
By: Cameron Cox

This spring, TYLA Directors Priscilla Camacho, Cameron Cox, and Brooke Allen are teaming up to develop an easy-to-use resource for all  Texas homeowners to use when appealing the appraisals on their homes for purposes of reducing their property taxes. This project is the result of TYLA President Natalie Koehler and Director Brooke Allen’s discussion earlier in 2011 about the process required and deadlines you have to meet in order to protest and appeal your home property appraisal within your governing appraisal district.

The process is easy if you know the five keys: (1) the deadline to file an original protest; (2) the information that must be contained in the protest and provided at the hearing; (3) what happens if your protest is denied; (4) the deadline to file an appeal; and (5) what needs to be contained in the appeal and provided to the appraisal review board at the appeal hearing. The TYLA appraisal protest and appeal project will provide the answers to these five keys, as well as tips to increase your chances for a successful protest and/or appeal.

The TYLA appraisal protest and appeal project will also include additional information regarding all exemptions that are available for your residential home appraisal and property tax assessment including a homestead exemption, an over 65 years of age exemption, a veteran’s exemption, and/or a disability exemption. All of these exemptions reduce a homeowner’s tax liability by reducing the amount of tax levied on the appraised value, or by “capping” the appraised value.

This project is slated for completion in March of 2012 and will initially be an online resource on the TYLA website, but it will have the ability to expand into a handout and/or brochure to be made available in the future. So keep an eye on TYLA’s website (www.tyla.org) for this exciting and extremely handy project!