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

Pro Bono Guardianship CLE and Habitat for Humanity
By:  Aaron Capps

Learn About Guardianship at the Pro Bono Guardianship CLE in Dallas on Oct. 22.

Oct. 19-25, 2014, will be nationally recognized as Pro Bono Week. The purpose of Pro Bono Week, among other things, is to recruit more pro bono volunteers and increase the legal services to poor and vulnerable people throughout the nation. To advance this goal in Dallas, the TYLA partnered with the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Elder Law Committee and the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program to host an informative CLE titled “Pro Bono Representation Opportunities in Guardianship Matters.” The goal of the CLE is to provide information about the basics of guardianship.

If you find yourself in Dallas on Oct. 22 from noon to 1 p.m., come to the Belo Mansion located at 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 to learn about guardianship. Who knows? You may even leave with a pro bono case of your own.

For more information, contact Aaron Capps.

Spend Saturday, Nov. 1, with Habitat for Humanity in Dallas.

Are you the type of person who considers volunteering as something that involves manual labor?  If so, and if you will be in Dallas on Nov. 1, Habitat for Humanity and the TYLA need your help.

The TYLA committed to providing 25 volunteers to install siding, trim, and prepare a house for paint in South Dallas. TYLA made this commitment as part of its overall commitment to the communities of Texas and to assist with completing a home for the Jimmy Carter Work Project.

Every year since 1984, President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have given a week of their time to raise awareness of the critical need for simple, decent, and affordable housing throughout the U.S. This year, President Carter and his wife chose to spend their week in South Dallas. We will finish the work that they begin. To do that, we need volunteers like you from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on just one Saturday out of your year. Lunch will be provided.

For instructions on how to sign up, please contact Aaron Capps.