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employment, trade secret, products liability,      He is a frequent speaker, panelist, and modera-     friend Morgan Copeland formed the firm
personal injury, and professional liability mat-   tor, at numerous Continuing Legal Education         Schick & Copeland.
ters. Roberts represents clients in the energy,    events across the State of Texas and the nation.
legal, financial, and real estate sectors, among   He has made several appearances at the Univer-      Schick’s practice has involved virtually every
many others.                                       sity of Texas Labor & Employment Conference.        kind of litigation– business disputes, breach of
                                                   In February 2015, he will serve on the “Men         contract, energy-related litigation, prod-
Roberts also maintains a strong commitment to      Joining Women for Change: Harnessing the            ucts liability, mass tort, environmental and
pro bono legal work and is actively involved in    Power of Inclusivity” panel at the American Bar     class-wide litigation. His extensive lead trial
community service. Among his other profes-         Association’s mid-year meeting in Houston.          experience is attested to by his membership in
sional activities, he serves on the board of the                                                       the American Board of Trial Advocates and his
Texas Young Lawyers Association and the            Among his many civic activities, he has been a      Fellowship in the American College of Trial
Houston Law Review, is a Fellow of the Texas       member of the Board of Trustees of the Leuke-       Lawyers.
Bar Foundation, and serves as an assistant editor  mia & Lymphoma Society, Gulf Coast Chapter,
of the Texas State Bar Litigation Section’s the    as well as its advisory board; served as a speaker  Jim F. Tillson, ’79
Advocate. He was recognized as a “Texas Super      and mentor with the Indian Cultural Center’s
Lawyers Rising Star” in 2012, 2013, and 2014.      Youth Leadership Development Program; and
                                                   served as inaugural gala keynote speaker for the
Judge R. K. Sandill, ’01                           Indian American Cancer Network. He serves as
                                                   an advisory board member of iTeach.

                                                   In 2011, he received the Indian Cultural Cen-
                                                   ter’s Award for Legal Service. In 2012, he re-
                                                   ceived the Asia Houston Network’s Leadership
                                                   Award. In 2014, he received the Indo-American
                                                   Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston’s
                                                   Pioneer in Public Service Award. Since May
                                                   2013, he has convened a weekly breakfast to
                                                   discuss issues regarding the Houston area. The
                                                   breakfast series brings together members of
                                                   various industries in the city.

                                                   Bob M. Schick, ’81

R. K. Sandill is a state district judge presid-    A Houstonian since age 10, Bob Schick gradu-        Jim F. Tillson is a senior counsel with Phil-
ing over a civil docket in the 127th District      ated from Princeton University in 1976 and          lips 66 and a perennial leader in the alumni
Court in Harris County, having first been          spent the next two years working in Alaska and      association’s 100% Challenge fundraising
elected in 2008.                                   Michigan. He came “home” to attend the Uni-         campaign. After earning a B.A. in English
                                                   versity of Houston Law Center, graduating in        from Southern Methodist University and his
Judge Sandill has been a member of the State       1981. While at UHLC, he served as chief justice     J.D. from the Law Center, Tillson joined the
Bar of Texas since 2001, a Fellow of the State     of the Advocates.                                   litigation section for the firm of Dyche and
Bar Foundation since 2011, and a Houston                                                               Wright in Houston and subsequently prac-
Young Lawyers’ Foundation Fellow since 2010.       Upon graduation from UHLC, Schick joined            ticed at Calvin, Dylewski, Gibbs, Maddox
He served on the Racial Diversity in the Profes-   Vinson & Elkins, where he has practiced in          and Verner until 1986.
sion Committee from 2009 to 2013 and on            the litigation group for 32 years, served on the
the Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering        firm’s management committee for 12 years and        At that time, he moved to an in-house
Committee in 2010 and 2012.                        as co-head of the litigation department.            counsel role with Conoco Inc. and had an
                                                                                                       active trial practice in the areas of oil and
He is a member of the Houston Bar Associa-         In early 2014, he and fellow VE partner and         gas and toxic torts. His career continued in a
tion, for which he has served as a biannual                                                            case management role with ConocoPhillips
speaker at meetings of the Litigation Section                                                          Company, and he is now a senior counsel
and the Employment Section. In 2011-2012, he                                                           with Phillips 66 where he specializes in the
was co-chair of the Bone Marrow Match Com-                                                             defense of benzene and asbestos claims.
mittee. In 2012-2013, he co-chaired the Minor-
ity Opportunities in the Profession Committee,                                                         Tillson has been a stalwart supporter of the
for which he received the President’s Award for                                                        Law Center Alumni 100% Challenge since
Outstanding Service. He has been a member of                                                           its inception in 2010. He has successfully led
the Speakers’ Bureau since 2013.                                                                       his companies to achieve the full partici-
                                                                                                       pation goal in each year he has served as
He has been a member of the Garland R.                                                                 captain. Additionally, he is a member of the
Walker Inn of Court since 2004 and has served                                                          Dean’s Society.
on its Executive Board since 2009. He has
chaired both the Scholarship Committee and                                                             Tillson donates his time and talent to the
the Reception Committee.                                                                               Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program and to
                                                                                                       Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cypress.
                                                                                                       He is married to Patti, a therapist in Hous-
                                                                                                       ton, and together they have one daughter,
                                                                                                       Erica Jade.

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