2013-2014 TYLA Election
If you prefer to vote via a paper ballot, election packets were mailed
on April 1, 2013 and may take five (5) to seven (7) days for delivery.
Complete your ballot and return it in the postage paid envelope
provided. If you have not received your paper ballot by U.S. mail by
April 9, 2013, please call 1-800-218-4026 for assistance Monday –
Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CT.
The deadline to cast your vote is April 30, 2013, at 5:00
pm. Votes must be received either online or at the designated U.S.
Postal address no later than that date and time.
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TYLA President-elect Candidates
The Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors approved the
nominations of Rebekah Steely Brooker of Dallas and
Alfonso Cabanas of San Antonio as 2013–2014
president-elect candidates. This year, nominees for president-elect are
from metropolitan cities. Biographies of the candidates, in
alphabetical order, are included here. An interview with the two
candidates will be included in the April issue. Votes for TYLA
president-elect and district directors can be cast either via paper
ballot or by voting online from April 1 to April 30. On April 1,
attorneys eligible to vote will be mailed an election packet, including
a paper ballot and campaign brochures. Attorneys may either submit
their paper ballot via mail or vote online using the information
provided. The deadline to cast ballots is 5 p.m. CST on April 30.
Rebekah Steely Brooker
Brooker is an attorney with Passman & Jones in Dallas,
where she manages the firm’s estate planning and administration
and probate practices. Brooker primarily focuses on administering
trusts and estates and counseling clients on estate planning,
charitable planning, asset protection, and estate and trust management.
She also has experience in probate litigation, commercial litigation,
and oil and gas transactions.
Brooker has served as TYLA treasurer and as a director from
2011–2013 and is an executive advisor to the Low Income Texans and
Community Education committees. Among the many TYLA public service
projects she has been involved with, Brooker is the creator and
co-author of the “Texas Probate Passport” and co-creator
and co-author of “Dealing with Dementia.” She also serves
on the board of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL). She is a
two-time recipient of the TYLA President’s Award of Merit and was
named DAYL’s Outstanding Committee Chair in 2007.
She earned a B.B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University
and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of
Brooker's campaign brochure
Cabañas is the managing attorney of Cabañas Law Firm,
P.L.L.C., in San Antonio. His practice focuses on business immigration
and business transactions with a focus on U.S. companies investing in
Mexico and Mexican companies investing in the U.S. He has served as
TYLA vice president, chair, and as a director from 2008–2010. He is a
member of the Long Range Planning Committee and has served as vice
chair for the National Trial Competition. He is a recipient of a TYLA
President’s Award of Merit and was named Outstanding Director of
the Year in 2007–2008.
Cabañas is a former president, vice president, and board member of
St. Mary’s Hispanic Law Alumni. He served on the San Antonio Young
Lawyers Association Board and is a member of the State Bar Hispanic
Issues Section. He has volunteered for multiple TYLA public service
projects, including serving as co-producer and Spanish translator for
“The Little Voice” and “Healing the Wounds.”
He earned a B.B.A. from Baylor University and a J.D. from St.
Mary’s University School of Law.
Cabañas campaign brochure