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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ABA YLD Update

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is coming to Texas! Starting February 7, the ABA will host the YLD and other great divisions and sections of the ABA at the Midyear meeting. Registration is already open and you can sign up at the ABA website. Because the YLD will be in Texas, we hope that you will make every effort to send delegates to gain CLE, network, and grow as practicing lawyers. Affiliates must register their delegates by December 1. To learn more about the delegate process and how YLD helps shape the practice of law, visit the YLD’s website

This year, ABA YLD hosted its 2012 Fall Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, from October 18 - 20. The Conference brought together more than 300 young lawyers from all practice areas and practice settings for three days of great networking, learning and public service. Eighteen young lawyer volunteers, including TYLA members, implemented the American Voter project at West Ashley High School during the Conference using TYLA's Vote America video. Following the presentation YLD volunteers led a trivia-style question-and-answer session where students received prizes for understanding the voting process and its history. YLD also hosted a roundtable for presidents- or chairs-elect, including young lawyer leadership from around the county, to discuss ensuring relevancy within YLD Affiliates and to share ways each YLD Affiliate is meeting the needs of its membership.

The ABA YLD is continuing to publish information and collect resources for young lawyers in search of career advice through the Career Development Initiative by adding to the existing databank of resources about making career transitions. This year, our focus will be on adding content useful to members who may be in the job market for the first time or may be struggling to find employment by offering support, resources, suggestions, and advice for finding a legal job in the current climate. Continuing our partnership with the ABA Career Center, the Initiative’s updated and revised website is live and will be updated throughout the year. The ABA YLD will also continue to emphasize the importance of diversity in the profession, including through our efforts at promoting the work of affiliates in supporting diversity throughout the legal pipeline. Next Steps Challenge, Season Two, the next season of our contest aimed at encouraging and supporting young-lawyer affiliates engaged in this area is underway. We hope to see you in Dallas!