State Bar of Texas
February 26, 2010

Contact:  Kim Davey, kdavey@texasbar.com, 800.204.2222 x 1713 or 512.427.1713

San Angelo and Meridian Lawyers Named TYLA President-Elect Candidate

AUSTIN – Attorneys Jeff Chandler of San Angelo and Natalie Cobb Koehler of Meridian will face one another in an election this spring to become president-elect of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA).

Jeff Chandler is a San Angelo sole practitioner who focuses his practice on personal injury and criminal defense. He currently serves as treasurer of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. A TYLA director since 2007, Chandler has served as chair or vice chair of the Low-Income Texans Outreach, Members Services and Outreach, and Family Law/Seniors Outreach/Children’s Rights committees. He played an integral role in the development and production of the TYLA/ProBAR: Know Your Rights/Conoce Tus Derechos video and assisted in developing Safeguarding Our Seniors: Recognizing and Reporting Elder Abuse video. In 2009, Chandler received a TYLA President’s Award of Merit. He is a former president of the Tom Green County Young Lawyers Association and has held every office of the Tom Green County Bar Association. Chandler serves on the boards of the San Angelo YMCA and Stock Show and Rodeo/Premium Sale Committee and is past chair of the Concho Valley School-To-Work/Tech Prep Partnership. He earned a B.B.A. in Management from Angelo State University and J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Natalie Cobb Koehler is the Bosque County attorney and a sole practitioner in Meridian. She currently serves as vice president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. A TYLA director since 2007, Koehler served as TYLA secretary in 2008–09. She has served as executive committee adviser to the Family Law/Seniors Outreach/Children’s Rights and Low Income Texans committees and co-chair and vice chair of the State Moot Court Competition. As the adviser to the Family Law Committee, Koehler envisioned and produced TYLA’s video, Healing the Wounds: Navigating the Legal System After Surviving Domestic Abuse. She authored the TYLA pamphlet Ending the Violence: How to Obtain a Texas Protective Order. A three-time recipient of the TYLA President’s Award of Merit, Koehler is also a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and past president of the Erath County Bar Association. She volunteers as a weekend camp counselor at Camp John Marc and serves on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo “Go Texan” Committee. Koehler earned a B.S. from Texas A&M University and J.D. from South Texas College of Law.

Election results will be announced April 30. The president-elect will serve as TYLA president from June 2011 until June 2012.

TYLA, widely recognized as the public service arm of the State Bar of Texas, develops programs designed to assist Texas attorneys in the practice of law and provides legal education to Texans as a public service. TYLA’s main purposes are to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All licensed Texas attorneys who are 36 years old or younger or who are in their first five years of licensure regardless of age, are automatically members of TYLA.