Lawyering Skills and Strategies

 

Lawyering Skills and Strategies

Sarah Morath

Clinical Associate Professor; Lawyering Skills and Strategies

Sarah J. Morath joined the faculty of the University of Houston Law Center in 2016 as a Clinical Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills and Strategies.  She previously was an Associate Professor of Legal Writing at the University of Akron School of Law where she taught legal writing, environmental law, and animal law. Before joining academia, Professor Morath clerked for Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr., of the U.S. District Court, District of Maine; Justice Andrew M. Mead, Maine Supreme Judicial Court; and four justices of the Maine Superior Judicial Court. 

Professor Morath is active in the legal writing community, regularly contributing to The Second Draft, Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, and The Law Teacher.  She frequently presents at national and regional legal writing conferences.  In 2016, Professor Morath was elected to the Editorial Board of Legal Writing: Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.

Her research interests include environmental and natural resources law, food law policy, and legal writing pedagogy, and her articles have appeared in the Oregon Law ReviewDuke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, and Natural Resources Journal.  Professor Morath's first book, From Farm to Fork: Perspectives on Sustainable Food Systems in the Twenty-First Century, was published in 2016.

Professor Morath earned her J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law, her M.E.S. in Environmental Studies from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and her B.A. in Geology from Vassar College, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  She is admitted to practice in Ohio and Maine.

Kenneth R. Swift

Clinical Associate Professor; Lawyering Skills and Strategies

Professor Swift joined the Law Center faculty in 2016.  Previously he taught Legal Writing, Transactional Drafting, and Employment Law at Hamline University School of Law for 19 years. In addition to classroom teaching, Professor Swift developed and taught online courses for both the J.D. and Masters in the Study of Law programs. He has practiced civil litigation with several firms as an associate, partner, and in an of counsel role.

Professor Swift has published articles in law reviews throughout the country, many on employment law topics. Additionally, he has written articles for the practicing bar and for his academic colleagues on teaching legal writing and in the development of online courses. He has presented at national and regional legal writing conferences. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law and a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota.

Katherine Brem

Clinical Assistant Professor
Lawyering Skills and Strategies

Katherine Brem first came to the Law Center in the fall of 2000 as a clinical assistant professor of Legal Research and Writing and taught lawyering skills, and occasionally legal drafting, for five years. After a nine-year hiatus, Professor Brem returned to the Law Center in 2014. Prior to her initial stint at the Law Center, Professor Brem spent six years with Baker Botts LLP as an associate in the trial department. Professor Brem graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1994, where she served on the Texas Law Review. Her research and teaching interests include the use of legal technology in practice, procedural issues, and the introduction of the U.S. legal system to non-U.S. lawyers. Professor Brem's primary interest, however, is in developing practice ready graduates at the Law Center by focusing on the intersection of legal research and writing, evidence, procedure, and doctrinal law. Professor Brem has extensive experience with trial motion practice, both pretrial and post-verdict; appellate briefing; drafting and arguing jury charges, objections and other pretrial matters; arguing legal issues at trial; and formulating critical aspects of litigation and appellate strategy.

Lauren Simpson

Clinical Assistant Professor;
Lawyering Skills and Strategies

Professor Simpson earned her B.A. in French and International Studies (cum laude) at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1988. She obtained her J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Houston Law Center in 1994. While at the Law Center, Professor Simpson received the award for Best Speaker in the John Black Moot Court Competition and also participated in multiple interscholastic moot court competitions. She was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1994. From 1994 to 1997, Professor Simpson was an associate at Meyer, Orlando & Evans, P.C. She transitioned to the First Court of Appeals of Texas in early 1997, serving there as a staff attorney for more than 13 years.

Hilary Reed

Lecturer- Lawyering Skills and Strategies

Professor Reed earned a B.A. in History from Abilene Christian University, magna cum laude. She then earned her J.D. at Pepperdine University School of Law, magna cum laude. After law school, she joined O'Melveny & Myers LLP as an associate in their downtown Los Angeles office. At O'Melveny, her practice areas included general litigation and corporate bankruptcy. From 2007-2017 Professor Reed taught Legal Research and Writing at Pepperdine University School of Law. From 2014-2017 she also taught Honors Appellate Advocacy and directed the Appellate Moot Court Program at Pepperdine.

Miriam Werner

Lecturer- Lawyering Skills and Strategies

Alissa Gomez

Lecturer- Lawyering Skills and Strategies

Alissa Rubin Gomez is a Lecturer of Lawyering Skills & Strategies. Prior to joining the University of Houston Law Center, Professor Gomez served for six years as the Executive Director of Houston Volunteer Lawyers, the non-profit legal aid arm of the Houston Bar Association, which provides free legal services to over 12,000 Houstonians each year. Before that, Professor Gomez was a commercial litigation associate and then partner in the Houston office of King & Spalding LLP. Professor Gomez was the first woman associate elected partner from the Houston office of King & Spalding, and Texas Monthly named her a "Texas Rising Star" in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Professor Gomez received her B.A. from the University of Texas in sociology in 1998, graduating with Highest Honors and Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2002, graduating with Honors as a Chancellor and Order of the Coif. 

Lisa Tilton-McCarthy

Clinical Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills and Strategies. Professor Tilton-McCarthy received a B.A. in English from Texas A&M University in 1990 and graduated summa cum laude from South Texas College of Law in 1996. She was Editor-in-Chief of the South Texas Law Review as well as Valedictorian of her graduating class. After graduation, Professor Tilton-McCarthy served as a law clerk for the Honorable Vanessa D. Gilmore, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She then worked as an associate in the trial department of Baker Botts, L.L.P.

Jani Maselli

Adjunct Professor of Lawyering Skills and Strategies, 1999-present. Criminal and Habeas Corpus Trial and Appellate Practice, 1998-present. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, B.A., 1985; State University of New York at Albany, M.A., English, 1986; University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1994, Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award, Criminal Law. Admitted: TX, 1994. Staff Attorney, Inmate Legal Services, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, 1995-1997. Staff Attorney, Honorable Charles F. Baird, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1997-1998.

Whitney Werich Heard

Adjunct Professor of Lawyering Skills and Strategies, 2007-present. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., summa cum laude, 2001; Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2004. Admitted: IL, 2004. Associate, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP (Chicago), 2004-2005. Law clerk, The Honorable Marcia A. Crone, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 2005-2007.