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 Project

Feature TYLA Project

Celebrate National Pro Bono Week by Signing up for Partnering for Pro Bono
By:  Robert Booth, Mills Shirley L.L.P.

The week of October 21–27 is this year’s National Pro Bono Celebration. Have you thought about taking a pro bono case, but do not know where to start?

Pro bono work can be very rewarding. Early in my career, despite not having family law experience, I accepted representation in a child-custody dispute. While representing himself before my involvement, my client missed deadlines and faced 180 days in jail. His visitation rights were revoked for over two years. After attending two hearings, I was able to restore visitation and suspend the jail time. Getting a call on Christmas Eve from the client thanking me for the time with his son was one of the most rewarding moments of my legal career.

Texas has the country’s second-largest population of the poor — more than 5 million Texans live below federal poverty guidelines. Texas ranks 39th for providing legal services to the poor (based on per capita spending per poor person). Recent economic turmoils have worsened the situation.

The Texas Young Lawyers Association invites you to participate in Partnering for Pro Bono — a web-based program that matches in-house counsel with law firm lawyers in an effort to increase pro bono legal services in Texas. Available cases include family law, probate, consumer, landlord-tenant, immigration, labor and employment, veterans, public benefits, and civil rights.

Partnering for Pro Bono meets the needs of both private-practice and in-house counsel. As firms struggle with fewer resources and young lawyers feel more pressure to bill, less pro bono work is getting done. Young lawyers participating in this program will gain much-needed experience while developing long-lasting relationships with their in-house partners.

By bringing together lawyers, and their resources, TYLA hopes to increase the number of pro bono cases handled on a yearly basis. Sign up today!