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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Editor's Column

Editor's Column

Relax and Rest Easy (No Matter Where You Are)!
By:  Rebekah Steely Brooker

I love the lake.  My husband’s family has a great house on Lake Murray outside of Columbia, South Carolina.  When May arrives, I find myself looking forward to summer and the opportunity to spend time at the lake.

The funny thing is, eight years ago I was more indifferent about going to the lake.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy spending time with everyone at the lake house (I have fantastic in-laws), but I always had an uneasy feeling about the lake itself.  The dark waters had me constantly wondering what was swimming around me.  I never truly appreciated the lake until the last few days of July 2004.

My husband and I had both just finished taking the bar exam and retreated to the lake for a little R&R.  In the habit of waking early to study for the exam (and already anxious about the results), I found myself awake early on the first morning after our arrival and unable to fall back asleep.  The sun was starting to rise and I decided to go outside to enjoy my cup of coffee.  Sitting in one of the rocking chairs on the big porch, I stared out at the lake.  I watched the water sparkle like glass, listened to the calming hum of the water dancing, and found myself breathing deeper and truly relaxing.

I can’t promise that this issue of eNews will transport you to the lake, but there are several articles that will help you to relax.  For example, I know most young lawyers will collectively breathe a sigh of relief to know that federal law protects Facebooking.  Read more about it in this month’s article of interest.  Also, several young lawyers might breathe easier after reading the article by Gregory Kerr on how to reduce law student loan debt.  And don’t forget to read our top story about the TYLA and State Bar election results to find out why Kristy Sims Piazza can now truly relax.  Here’s a hint—she is the newly elected President-Elect of TYLA.  Kristy and her opponent, Shivali Sharma, both ran fantastic campaigns. 

With summer just around the corner, I’m looking forward to going to the lake.  I hope you get to experience and enjoy whatever it is that makes you relax.  Taking a few days to recharge and reenergize ourselves can make a world of difference in your legal practice.