The two president-elect candidates for the Texas Young Lawyers Association are organizing their campaigns, after TYLA’s board of directors made their candidacies official on Jan. 14. Jennifer Evans Morris, chairwoman of TYLA’s Nominations Committee, says the 2012 candidates are Kristy Sims Piazza, TYLA’s current vice president, and Shivali Sharma, a current TYLA board member. “The committee was just very impressed with what they had to offer,” says Morris. The candidates will campaign in March, and TYLA members vote in April. “I’m extremely excited; I have an agenda of projects I can’t wait to get started on,” says Sharma, staff attorney at the 6th Court of Appeals in Texarkana. She says she’d like to talk about the projects but she’s unsure if TYLA’s election rules allow her to discuss it now. Piazza, an associate with Koons Fuller Vanden Eykel & Robertson in Plano, didn’t immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
-- Angela Morris
UPDATE: “I’m very honored to have been nominated and excited to get to meet young lawyers across the state,” says Piazza, adding that she wants to discuss her project ideas and learn about issues young lawyers face with their practices. She declines comment about her project ideas.