July 31, 2015 — University of Houston Law Center alumnus Brandon Schrecengost ’15, was recently named the first recipient of the Ben DeVries Achievement Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution. The award is sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County.
Schrecengost was honored for his achievements through UHLC’s Blakely Advocacy Institute, including winning the International Negotiation Competition, the International Chamber of Commerce International Commercial Mediation Competition, the Tom Newhouse Representing Clients in Mediation Competition, and the Regional Championship of the ABA Negotiation Competition. He also was awarded Order of the Barristers and the Byron McCoy Excellence in Advocacy Scholarship.
Before attending UHLC, Schrecengost, who grew up in Denver and Houston, earned an associate’s degree in vocal performance from Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, TX, and a bachelor of arts in anthropology with a minor in religious studies from the University of Houston. Schrecengost hopes to pursue a career in international mediation, foreign affairs, and diplomacy.
The award is named in honor of UHLC alumnus Ben Devries ’66 for his contributions and dedication to the Blakely Advocacy Institute and alternative dispute resolution. Devries, whose practice is based in Conroe, began working in mediation in 1997. He has conducted more than 1,600 mediations and 500 arbitrations with an emphasis on personal injury, family, construction, and general business cases. He is an arbitrator/mediator with the National Mediation Forum, National Center for Dispute Settlement and the Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc.