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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Tips For Young Lawyers

Tips For Young Lawyers

Answering the Call: Responding to a Texas Subpoena (Civil and Criminal)
By: Baylor Wortham

You are sitting in your office one afternoon when you hear a knock at the door. You look up to see a former client standing in your doorway with a piece of paper and a nervous expression on their face. The client says, “I’ve just received this subpoena and I don’t know what to do!” “What are my options?” “What will happen to me if I don’t respond?” Many young Texas civil and criminal lawyers often find themselves facing these questions, but are unable to provide guidance because they are generally unfamiliar with the opposing criminal/civil side of Texas law. In response to this issue, the TYLA Member Services Committee is pleased to announce its most recent resource for young lawyers: “ANSWERING THE CALL: RESPONDING TO A TEXAS CIVIL SUBPOENA” and “ANSWERING THE CALL: RESPONDING TO A TEXAS CRIMINAL SUBPOENA.”

Answering the Call consists of two companion pamphlets, each covering the basics of Texas civil and criminal subpoena practice. The publication is targeted as an overview guide for young lawyers on how to properly respond to a subpoena and also discusses the various rights and remedies available to clients, such as reimbursement for reasonable expenses and raising objections or asserting a privilege. The goal is to aid attorneys in providing clear and concise advice to clients on the obligations and proper responses to Texas subpoenas. These free pamphlets are available online at TYLA.org under the “Resources” tab for “Lawyers.” These publications are also expected to be in print in the near future.