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of the Supreme Court of Texas Rules Advisory        Executive Women and serves on the board           Judge Miller is a judicial liaison to the Federal
Committee, which he has served on since 2005.       of Women on the Move. She also volunteers         Bar Association, Southern District of Texas
For more than a decade, he has been Editor-         through the Junior League of Houston.             Chapter, and an honorary member of the Phi
in-Chief of the Advocate, a quarterly journal                                                         Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society.
published by the Litigation Section of the State    Gray H. Miller, ’78                               He is a member of the Board of the Insurance
Bar of Texas.                                                                                         Council of the State Bar of Texas, and served as
Hoffman earned his B.A. degree from Columbia        U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller was ap-        vice president and counselor to the executive
University in 1989 and his J.D. from the Uni-       pointed by President George W. Bush to the        committee of the Garland R. Walker American
versity of Texas School of Law in1992.              Southern District of Texas in April 2006.         Inn of Court from 2010 to 2014.
                                                    After attending the U.S. Merchant Marine          Judge Miller is also active in many non-legal
Brittany Sakowitz Kushner, ’10                      Academy from 1967 to 1969, Judge Miller           groups. He is a member of the advisory boards
                                                    served as a Houston police officer from 1969 to   of the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Brittany Sakowitz Kushner is an attorney at         1978. He received a B.A. from the University of   (NAMI) of Greater Houston and the Cavalla
Vinson & Elkins LLP in the mergers and acqui-       Houston in 1974 and a J.D. from the UH Law        Historical Foundation, and he is a life member
sitions and capital markets group. She assists a    Center in 1978.                                   of the 100 Club of Houston. He is also an as-
variety of public and private companies as well     Upon graduation, Miller joined the firm of Ful-   sociate member of the U.S. Merchant Marine
as private equity investors and their portfolio     bright & Jaworski as an associate. He became a    Academy Alumni Association and Foundation.
companies in connection with acquisitions,          partner in 1986 and a senior partner in 1998.     From 2002-2004, he was a board member of
mergers, divestitures and strategic investments.    He served in that role until his appointment to   the Texas Department of Mental Health &
She also works with issuers and underwriters in     the federal bench.                                Mental Retardation. From 1991-1999, he was
public offerings and private placements of debt     He received many accolades as a practicing        a member of the board of trustees of the Harris
and equity securities, and securities law compli-   lawyer, including being listed in the 2001-2006   County Mental Health/Mental Retardation
ance and periodic reporting matters. Prior          editions of “The Best Lawyers in America” as      Authority, and served as chairperson from
to joining Vinson & Elkins LLP, she was an          one of the top admiralty lawyers in the country,  1997-1999.
associate with Baker & Hostetler LLP. Kushner       inclusion in the 2003 edition of “Euro Money’s
received recognition as a “Texas Super Lawyers      Guide to the World’s Leading Maritime             Alex Roberts, ’06
Rising Star” in 2014 and 2015.                      Lawyers,” and being chosen as a “Texas Super
Born in Houston, Kushner earned a bachelor’s        Lawyer.”                                          Alex Roberts came to Houston in 1997 from
degree in mass communications from Louisiana        He is a member of the Houston Bar Associa-        South Dakota as an AmeriCorps volunteer at
State University and a J.D. and M.B.A. from the     tion, the State Bar of Texas, the Maritime Law    Casa de Esperanza, a children’s crisis shelter,
University of Houston. She received graduate cer-   Association of the United States, and the Hous-   where he met his wife Anne, also a volunteer.
tificates in energy investment analysis and energy  ton Maritime Arbitrators Association. He also     Following AmeriCorps, Roberts graduated
accounting and finance from the University of       has served as a vice chairman of the Admiralty    from the University of Houston in 2002 and
Houston Bauer College of Business. While in law     and Maritime Law Committee of the Tort and        from the UH Law Center in 2006. While at
school, she received the 2009 Writing Award for     Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar    UHLC, he served as editor-in-chief of the
an “Outstanding Comment on a Topic in Interna-      Association.                                      Houston Law Review and received the Distin-
tional Law” and was elected as a justice to the UH  Additionally, he is a life fellow of the Houston  guished Service Award in 2006.
Law Honor Court.                                    Bar Foundation and a fellow of the Texas Bar      After graduation, Roberts served as a law clerk
Kushner is an avid supporter of Hermann Park,       Foundation. He is a member of the Houston         for U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal from
serving on the Hermann Park Conservancy             Marine Insurance Seminar Executive Commit-        August 2006 to August 2007.
Advisory Board and as a member and past chair       tee and has served on the planning commit-        Roberts joined the boutique litigation firm of
of the Urban Green Young Professionals Group.       tees for seminars on Admiralty and Maritime       Beck Redden LLP in the fall of 2007. He be-
She serves as a committee member of the Hous-       Law sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, the      came a partner in January 2015. He represents
ton Livestock Show and Rodeo Mutton Bustin’         University of Texas, and South Texas College of   both plaintiffs and defendants in complex
Committee and is a young alumni supporter of        Law. He is a frequent speaker at these seminars.  commercial litigation, business disputes,
the Kinkaid School. She is a member of Texas

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