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

By:  Sally Pretorius

Young lawyers are constantly told that we need to find a mentor because mentors are integral to our careers. For the first couple years of my practice, I was obsessed with the idea of having a mentor and even more obsessed about how to find a mentor. I was clueless about how to go about getting one. Do I email or call people up and tell them I want them to be my mentor? Do I want male or female mentors? Should they practice the same kind of law? Is being my mentor too much pressure for a busy lawyer? What if they say no? Could I face that rejection? 

I honestly don’t remember where I heard the advice that changed my view on mentors, but it has stuck with me. You don’t need just one mentor, you need a personal board of directors. This was the “light-bulb” moment I needed. I realized that I didn’t need this magical one person to help me through every part of my life, but rather, I need a group of people that could help me in different situations.  There was no need to ask someone to be my mentor.  If I had a question or needed help with something, I called someone knowledgeable, and I trusted that person to help with that particular problem. People were usually more than willing to meet for coffee or have a ten-minute phone call…no pressure. I have grown to rely on a core group of people who help guide me through most situations.

TYLA realizes that finding good mentors is a process that may take some time.  To help guide young lawyers through their practice, we are revamping the Ten Minute Mentor website. Ten Minute Mentor is a collection of videos that are about ten minutes long and guide you through various aspects of your practice.  The website will include a “My First” series that provides videos on doing many things that can be daunting to young lawyers, such as taking your first deposition, filing your first lawsuit, and information specific to your local practice location. The website is already fully functioning with a large number of helpful videos, but keep checking back within the next couple of months for new and revised content.