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: Young Lawyers Doing Good
By:  Jacquelyn Wilson
This bar year, Texas Young Lawyers Association launched Generation Generosity, a Texas-wide project which was the brainchild of the Dallas Young Lawyers Association. Generation Generosity originated from the idea that lawyers need a makeover in the eyes of society, which typically views lawyers negatively. In reality, lawyers are the foundation for many benevolent organizations (profit and non-profit) and often serve as the voice for the voiceless.  As part of the state-wide launch, TYLA, in conjunction with our local affiliates, will focus on a pro bono project each month and spotlight projects where lawyers are helping to improve their local communities.

This past month, the Austin Young Lawyers Association participated in Generation Generosity by hosting Reindeer Games, a holiday celebration for foster and economically disadvantaged children. In this annual event, AYLA brings together various legal organizations to offer children the opportunity to make ornaments, stockings, take part in face painting, and other holiday activities. Members from AYLA, Travis County Women Lawyers Association, Austin Black Lawyers Association, and the Austin Asian American Bar Association all participated by hosting a particular activity making this a very special event. TYLA volunteers operated the ornament decorating station, helping each child create a personalized keepsake ornament. The afternoon concluded with a visit from Santa Claus, who greeted the children, while event volunteers passed out a toy to each child.

-- Jacquelyn Wilson is a Staff Attorney with the Travis County Office of Parental Representation. Jacquelyn also serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Wright House Wellness Center, an AIDS service organization in Austin, Texas.