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

Legal Seminar for Parents of Children with Special Needs
By:  Craig Tahaney

On April 24, 2014, the Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association hosted a legal workshop for parents of children with autism and other special needs.  The workshop was held at The Shorkey Center, 855 S. Eighth St., Beaumont, Texas from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.  This workshop was open to the public, and free babysitting services were provided to parents who did not have child care available.  The event was made possible by a grant from the Jefferson County Bar Association.


The workshop featured Galveston attorney Dorene Philpot and Beaumont attorney Harvey Warren. Ms. Philpot represents children with special needs and their parents in Texas as well as Indiana. Mr. Warren represents numerous parents with special needs children in estate planning matters.  Ms. Philpot presented an overview of the basic principles of special education law, including a discussion of the basic rights afforded to all children with special needs and how to properly advocate for those rights.  Mr. Warren presented an overview of the basic principles of guardianship and estate issues that are specific to parents with special needs children.  Both speakers spoke for about 45 minutes to an hour on their topic, and audience members were allowed to ask questions of the two attorneys.



The seminar had a significant impact on the community by benefiting the parents, family members, educators, and others who work with children with special needs. Over 90 individuals attended the seminar and many in the community are requesting another seminar in the future. The seminar provided parents, educators, and others with information to ensure that their children receive a “free and appropriate” education in the public schools.  Also, the workshop provided the opportunity for parents of children with special needs to seek advice on appropriate estate planning decisions.