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

TYLA Family Law Section Helps to Assist CPS
By: Kristy Piazza Blanchard, KoonsFuller PC

The Family Law Committee of TYLA has created a new project entitled What You Should Know About Your Child Abuse, Neglect or CPA Case. With a growing number of CPS cases in Texas and a lack of information available to the public about CPS, this resource seeks to provide information to the public about what to expect in a CPS case. The project is comprised of an informational handbook and a one page handout that summarizes the timeline of a CPS case. The handbook contains information about Child Protective Services (CPS), its policies and procedures, the timelines that all CPS cases follow through the legal system, the people who are involved in a CPS case, and explains what rights a parent or guardian of a child has when their child is removed from their home by CPS. The handbook also contains definitions and acronyms particular to the CPS system that will help parents or other participants in a CPS case follow the recommendations and findings of CPS.

The one page handout summarizes the timelines of a CPS case that is explained in more detail in the handbook. Attorneys and participants involved in the CPS system routinely struggle with the somewhat short timeline of a CPS case. This timeline gives the reader the information they need to know to effectively navigate through a CPS case and the recommendations and findings of CPS and the courts. If you would like more information about this project please contact Kristy Piazza Blanchard at Kristy@koonsfuller or go to www.tyla.org to download the project materials.