State Bar of Texas
February 5, 2013

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TYLA Nominates Alfonso Cabañas of San Antonio and Rebekah Steely Brooker of Dallas as TYLA President-elect Candidates

AUSTIN – The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) has named Alfonso Cabañas of San Antonio and Rebekah Steely Brooker of Dallas president-elect candidates. The individual receiving the most votes in an election this spring will serve as TYLA president from June 2014 until June 2015. Election results will be announced May 1.

Alfonso Cabañas is the managing attorney of Cabañas Law Firm, PLLC, 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 2007-08.

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.

Rebekah Steely 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 2011-13, 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 Law.

Visit to view the many outstanding TYLA public service projects that serve vulnerable populations, including “Slavery Out of the Shadows:  Spotlight on Human Trafficking,” which is making its debut this week.

All licensed Texas lawyers 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. Commonly referred to as the "public service arm" of the State Bar of Texas, 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.


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