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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Central Texas High School Senior Day
By: Kathryn E. Boatman

     On May 9, 2012, the Texas Young Lawyers Association entertained close to 100 students and chaperones at Central Texas High School Senior Day at Baylor University School of Law.  The 2011-12 president of TYLA, Natalie Cobb Koehler, introduced the high school students to the program, which addressed issues facing the high school seniors.

     First, the students watched and discussed the Unconscious Truth, a multi-media program addressing the medical and legal risks of binge drinking and educating students and parents on the signs of alcohol poisoning.  The program begins with a video inspired by actual events. It follows “Hannah” who lives at the home and is throwing a party for her friends, including her best friend, “Shelby.” The party continues with Shelby’s goal of consuming numerous shots in just a short amount of time. Soon after, Shelby begins showing the signs of alcohol poisoning, but her friends just tell her she will “feel better now” after she throws up and to “sleep it off.” The video continues with the physical effects of the alcohol on Shelby and is followed by the arrest of Hannah and her father.  The surprising ending always provokes many discussions regarding the signs of alcohol poisoning, the duties, if any, of the drinker’s friends, and the potential criminal and civil consequences of everyone involved. This time was no different, as the high school students asked questions and debated the issues presented in the program. 

     Then the students watched Vote America, which presents a history of voting rights in the United States.  Meanwhile, a voter registrar was present, and a number of students were registered to vote, most for the first time.  The students were also presented with Your Rights on Campus, were shown You’re Hired Now What, and R U Safe, which educates students about online safety and the tools to keep themselves safe on the internet.  The response to Central Texas Senior Day was very positive, and we hope to host a similar program next year.