San Antonio solo Alfonso Cabañas (pictured) and Rebekah Steely Brooker (pictured) of Passman & Jones in Dallas will compete this spring to become the next president-elect of the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
The Nominations Committee interviewed potential candidates and chose Brooker and Cabañas to run; TYLA board members formally approved them on Jan. 19. After the candidates campaign in March, TYLA members will vote in April and the winner will be president-elect from June 2013 to June 2014, before becoming TYLA president the next year.
“They’ve both been very involved, dedicated members of TYLA,” says Natalie Cobb Koehler, TYLA’s immediate past president and the current chairwoman of its Nominations Committee. “Both of them are class acts. I think they are going to represent TYLA very well.”
Brooker, currently TYLA’s treasurer, says she’s still working to outline the goals and objectives she would set if she were elected. She says,“I love being a lawyer. … I want to get people excited about the practice of law, and to hopefully encourage them to continue practicing our profession, even when life gets busy with children and families.”
When asked why TYLA members should vote for him, Cabañas replies, “I think I have that experience that will benefit the young lawyers of the state of Texas.”
Cabañas says he became a TYLA director in 2008 and has since advanced to serve on the executive committee. If elected, Cabañas says he would create continuing legal education programs to educate Texas lawyers about the Mexican legal system, and reach out to 6-to-10 year lawyers about why they switch jobs or professions.
TYLA members only vote to choose the president elect; TYLA’s board members vote on other officers, explains Cobb Koehler, Bosque County Attorney and a Meridian solo.
She says the two vice president candidates are Villarreal & Romero partner Victor Villarreal of Laredo and Smith Law Group of counsel Brandy Wingate of McAllen. Running for chair-elect of the board are Sam Houston of Houston Dunn in San Antonio and Dustin Howell, an assistant solicitor general in the Texas Office of the Attorney General in Austin. The treasurer candidates are Sweetwater solo Barrett Thomas and Amanda Torres, an associate with Branscomb in Corpus Christi. Running for secretary are Priscilla Camacho of Plunkett & Gibson in San Antonio and John Shaw of Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz in Fort Worth.
-- Angela Morris