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

Generation Generosity: DAYL is Giving, Serving, and Leading!
By: Chip Brooker, Attorney, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Dallas

The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (“DAYL”) is undertaking an aggressive, grassroots campaign in 2012 which aims to reset the conversation about lawyers by encouraging simple acts of generosity. Through Generation Generosity, DAYL is committed to helping impact the way lawyers experience their profession and, in turn, the way the Dallas community experiences lawyers. DAYL’s Generation Generosity campaign will empower attorneys to understand the incredible impact that simple acts of generosity will have on their community and the profession’s perception. To make Generation Generosity a success, DAYL is challenging its entire membership to participate in one of two ways.

First, the One Day’s Work side of Generation Generosity will feature a base-level, one-day community service project each month. One Day’s Work will allow DAYL members to rollup their sleeves, get their hands dirty, and work side-by-side to make a small impact on the greater Dallas community. For example, on January 28, DAYL officially kicked-off One Day’s Work by making sandwiches for the SoupMobile to distribute to the homeless. DAYL recruited 52 volunteers who, together with other community volunteers, donated approximately 104 hours of their time to help the SoupMobile make 2,780 sandwiches to distribute to the homeless in Dallas. With DAYL’s involvement, the SoupMobile set a record for volunteers in attendance and total sandwiches made for its Random Acts of Sandwiches program. Then, on February 25, DAYL recruited 45 volunteers who assisted Welcome Home a Hero greet troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. DAYL’s volunteers enthusiastically welcomed home returning troops, thanked them for their service, and distributed copies of Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans: Resources for Veterans Seeking Help.

This month DAYL’s One Day’s Work will be held on March 31. DAYL is diversifying its opportunities this month in an effort to get more members involved in One Day’s Work. First, thanks to a donation from Haynes and Boone, the DAYL Habitat for Humanity Committee will be participating in the Dallas Bar Association’s Home Project and helping to install siding on this year’s house. If volunteers are less willing to contribute manual labor and more willing to play games and eat food, then there is a second option. DAYL’s Aid to the Homeless Committee will be volunteering at a field day and picnic for homeless clients and residents of Shared Housing, Inc. To participate on March 31—in either of these projects—please email Cherie Harris. Volunteer space is limited.

The One Day’s Pay side of Generation Generosity will enable DAYL members who are unable to contribute their time or service to participate in Generation Generosity by making a financial contribution—through DAYL—to the DBA’s Equal Access to Justice Campaign. According to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, there is currently one legal aid lawyer in Texas for every 11,152 Texans who qualify and, due to a lack of resources, less than 25 percent of the civil legal needs of low-income Texans are being met. As a result, for every one person helped by legal aid, another qualifying individual is turned away. DAYL is committed to the vision that all Texans, regardless of income, should have equal access to the civil justice system. Your gift can help, no matter how big or small it is. As the English writer Sydney Smith said, “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little; do what
you can.”

By rolling up our sleeves and focusing on base-level community service and Equal Access funding, DAYL believes that Generation Generosity can build bridges between our community and our profession. DAYL is doing its part. What will you do?