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

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Aid to the Homeless
By:  Chris Hodge, Attorney, Carrington Coleman

More than ten years ago, DAYL’s Aid to the Homeless Committee began collaborating with the Dallas Municipal Courts, the Dallas City Attorney’s office, and the Stewpot, a resource center for homeless and at-risk individuals in Dallas, to conduct a Community Court Project. This program allows homeless participants with certain kinds of misdemeanors to work off their sentence (from a guilty or no contest plea) on a Saturday by doing supervised community service. This is a win-win situation for the court system and the homeless: the Municipal Courts process misdemeanors that would otherwise clog up the system and the homeless participate in community service rather than face paying a fine that they cannot afford—and the entire process is completed in one day. The program has been incredibly successful and now requires very little outside coordination.

In 2007, the Aid to the Homeless Committee and the Stewpot began partnering with the Dallas County Justice of the Peace Courts to tackle a more difficult problem: citations issued by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) police, including fare evasion, a Class C misdemeanor. Such citations are not eligible for disposition in the Community Court program because the citations are processed by the Justice of the Peace Courts, not the Municpal Courts. The problem is made more complex because these citations may be issued and assigned to courts in any of the Justice of the Peace precincts throughout Dallas County.

In May 2007, the Aid to the Homeless Committee received the support of two Justices of the Peace and their clerks, who gave up a Saturday morning to conduct DAYL’s first annual DART community court, also in partnership with the Stewpot. The judges adjudicated DART citations on behalf of several Justices of the Peace, and the homeless individuals were able to perform community service in the same manner as the Community Court program.

Every year since then, the annual DART Community Court has been a phenomenal success, thanks in no small part to the enthusiastic support of the Justices of the Peace and their staff, as well as the support of the Stewpot in hosting the event and promoting it to the population it serves. DAYL members volunteer to coordinate with the Justices of the Peace involved, retrieve the many case files from the various Justice of the Peace precincts, and help staff the event. This year’s fifth annual DART Community Court will be held in August.

The Aid to the Homeless Committee was fortunate to be awarded a grant from the Baron and Blue Foundation in 2010, part of which went toward producing a short video describing the workings of the DART Community Court. The video is available for use by young lawyer associations or other organizations interested in implementing similar programs in their own cities or towns, and will soon be available on the DAYL website, at www.dayl.com/videos/communitycourt. If you would like to be mailed a copy of the video, or for more information on the DART Community Court Project or DAYL’s Aid to the Homeless Committee, please email committee chair Jennie Bauman at jbauman@ccsb.com.