Who we are

Recognize & Support

The Houston Young Lawyers Foundation was created in 1992 to support the charitable programs of young lawyers in Harris County. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality and availability of legal aid, health, human
welfare, and education services provided by Greater  Houston nonprofit organizations through targeted
volunteering and grants, while building leadership  capability through a deeper appreciation of giving. By 2030, we intend to enhance the quality of life for at least 20,000 Greater Houston residents and distribute $500,000.

Who we are

Recognize & Support

The Houston Young Lawyers Foundation was created in 1992 to support the charitable programs of young lawyers in Harris County. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality and availability of legal aid, health, human
welfare, and education services provided by Greater  Houston nonprofit organizations through targeted
volunteering and grants, while building leadership  capability through a deeper appreciation of giving. By 2030, we intend to enhance the quality of life for at least 20,000 Greater Houston residents and distribute $500,000.

Our programs

HYLF Cornerstone Programs

In addition to the Grant Program, other programs that are the cornerstones of HYLF’s commitment to making a difference include:

 

ABOUT our programs

Adopt an Angel

Fellows Luncheon

Fun Run

Golf Tournament

Law Day

Read to Succeed
Program

Wine Tasting:
UncorkedProgram

HYLF Charity 
Poker Tournament

OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Our Officers

Lucy Cain | Executive Director

Lucy has been with HYLA/HYLF since May 2015. Before working with HYLA/HYLF, she was with the Houston Bar Association (HBA) for over 30 years...

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Whitney Larkin | Chair

Whitney Larkin is with Union Pacific Railroad. A native Houstonian, Whitney received her undergraduate degree from University of Houston...

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Sherry Rodriguez | Chair-Elect

Sherry Rodriguez entered the nonprofit sector in 2019 as a Development Director for Texans Can Academies...

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Veronica Rossitto | Treasurer

Veronica is an associate at Stibbs & Co., P.C. Her practice focuses on transactional matters related to acquisition and disposition...

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Kristen Bates | Secretary

Kristen Bates is an associate attorney at The Strong Firm, P.C. in The Woodlands, Texas where she represents clients in civil litigation...

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Alex Roberts | Immediate Past Chair

Alex is a partner at Beck Redden LLP. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation...

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Our Trustees

Joe Savoie

Joe R. Savoie serves clients in the areas of fiduciary litigation, probate, trust, and guardianship litigation, and commercial and business litigation...

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Kristy Sledge

Kristy Gabrielova Sledge is a long time member of the Houston Young Lawyers Association and the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation...

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Zahra Usmani

Zahra Usmani is an energy associate at Jones Day...

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Lori Yount

Lori Yount represents businesses in all phases of disputes, with a focus on construction-related litigation. Lori came to the firm in 2018 with significant experience in insurance defense and commercial litigation.

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Mariame Aana

Mariame is an attorney licensed in Texas, New York, and Washington D.C. She has been working as a Houston-area non-profit lawyer since 2014, practicing in the fields of immigration and family law...

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Femi Aborisade

Femi Aborisade is a Director on HYLA’s Board of Directors. Before becoming an Energy and Infrastructure Associate at Sidley Austin LLP...

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Brenda Adimora

Brenda represents plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of commercial litigation matters at Susman Godfrey...

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Michael Clinton

As an attorney at Perdue & Kidd, Michael Clinton represents plaintiffs in personal injury claims as well as pharmaceutical and medical device litigation across the country...

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Akilah Craig

Akilah is an associate in the Houston office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, and is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment group.

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Oliver Fankhauser

Oliver Fankhauser is an associate at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP and this is his first year serving as a HYLF Trustee...

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Alexandra Farias-Sorrels

Alex is actively involved in the Houston Bar Association and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. She also chairs the HYLF Strategic Planning Committee...

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Amy Farish

Amy’s practice at Yetter Coleman focuses on commercial litigation with experience that includes representing clients in a diverse range of disputes involving class action securities, intellectual property, and complex contract issues...

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Tara Grigg Garlinghouse

Tara Grigg Garlinghouse is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Foster Care Advocacy Center, a nonprofit in Houston that provides multidisciplinary legal advocacy for children and parents involved with the child welfare system...

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Phil Haines

Phil has a corporate and securities practice with a focus on public and private offerings, acquisitions and divestitures...

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Kelley Clark Morris

Kelley is a litigation associate at Gray Reed & McGraw LLP, focusing on energy and commercial disputes and appellate matters...

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Leah Buenik Nommensen

Leah Buenik Nommensen is a commercial litigation associate at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP...

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Michael Reed

Michael is with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP and practices labor and employment...

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