The Advocates


Board of Advocates


2014-2015 The Advocates | Executive Board


Executive Chair: Chance Marshall
Chance Marshall is proud to continue serving the Advocates as a Executive Chair. In addition to having been the Mediation/Negotiation Director, Chance is also currently serving as a 3L rep in the Student Bar Association. Having worked for a number of firms in the past, Chance feels called towards litigation and intends to make a career out of it. When he isn’t in class, Chance volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House and enjoys cheering on the Rice Owls (Rice Fight!).

Vice Chair of Public Relations: Emily Mott
Emily is a 3L on the Moot Court Team. She is looking forward to being on the Advocates board this year.

Vice Chair of Finance: Sydney Nguyen
Sydney is the Vice Chair of Finance for the Advocates. She is also President of the Student Bar Association, Secretary for the Asian Law Student Association, and a provisional team member on the Moot Court team. Sydney earned a B.S. in Political Science and B.A. in Spanish from the University of Houston. She is a J.D./M.B.A.  candidate interested in real estate and bankruptcy law. This past summer, Sydney interned for Southern District of Texas Judge Hilda Tagle and Southern District of Texas Federal Bankruptcy Judge Jeff Bohm. As a native Houstonian, she loves the city's diversity, opportunities, and food. She is fun oriented and loves to experience new things and meeting genuine people. Prior to law school, she traveled to Spain for a summer and now wants to travel the world! Her favorite hobbies include playing sports, especially volleyball and tennis, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.

Membership Chair: Hannah Tucker
Hannah Tucker is the 2015-2016 Membership Chair of the Advocates Board and will be competing on the Vis International Commercial Arbitration team. Hannah also serves as the Vice President of Stewardship for the Christian Legal Society and is active with the Ambassadors programs and the Energy and Environmental Law Society. This past summer, Hannah externed for the Honorable David Alan Ezra on the Western District of Texas. Prior to law school, Hannah graduated from the University of Texas receiving a B.A. in Governments and a minor in Russian Literature.

Special Events Chair: Rose Badruddin
Rose is a 3L on the ADR Team. She is looking forward to being on the Advocates board this year.

External Events Chair: Nick Layman
B.A. in Political Science from St. Edward's University after getting my B.A. I went on to obtain an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago.  This past summer I worked at the firm Irvine and Conner doing environmental law, including appellate and administrative work.  I hope to pursue a career in environmental litigation upon graduation.  In my free time I enjoy watching sports, playing and listening to music, and going to concerts.

Fundraising Chair: James Hu
James is a 3L on the Mock Trial Team. Hhe is looking forward to being on the Advocates board this year.

John Black Director: J.T. Reinert
J.T. Reinert is the Director of the John Black 1L Moot Court Competition for the 2015-16 school year. J.T. brings experience to this role as he collaborated with other board members to help set up the problem and coordinate last year’s competition. Additionally, he is a member of the UHLC Moot Court team, which he hopes will help to facilitate efforts for success in this year’s competition. Before law school, J.T. spent six years working in the mortgage industry as a financial analyst after receiving a B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Texas Christian University in 2007. He is currently working as a Compliance Intern for Rice University’s Department of Athletics.

Hippard Novice Director: Cheuck Yee
Cheuck is currently serving as the Hippard Novice Director for the Advocates for 2015-2016. The Hippard Novice Tournament is an open mock trial tournament for 1Ls and Cheuck is happy to answer any and all questions about Hippard and more! Cheuck graduated with a degree in Kinesiology from UT Austin and went on to get his MEd at UH in Physical Education & Biomechanics. He is a past President of the Asian Law Students Association, and Vice-President External for the Health Law Organization and previously interned at the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Cheuck enjoys lifting weights, reading fantasy novels, and craft beer when he has time away from studying the Law.

Hippard Open Director: Mackenzie Dunham
Mackenzie is a 2L on the Mock Trial Team. He is looking forward to being on the Advocates board this year.

Negotiation/Mediation Director: George Hayek
George is a 2L on the Moot Court Team. He is looking forward to being on the Advocates board this year.

Blakely Butler Director: Kyle Seabolt
Originally from Conroe, Texas, Kyle graduated from Texas A&M University earning a BBA in Accounting, along with a minor in Sports Management. Kyle is a past President of the Aggie Law Society and is also a member of the Blakely Advocacy Institute’s Moot Court Team. Kyle enjoys watching sports, golfing, following Texas A&M athletics, and spending time with friends and family.


2014-2015 The Advocates | Associate Board

Nicholas Morales
Nicholas Morales is currently serving on the Advocates Associates Board.  He is a 3L at the University of Houston Law Center.  He also competes as a member of the UHLC's Interscholastic Mock Trial team.  Nicholas has interned at the Harris County District Attorneys Office in both the Misdemeanor Division and Environmental Crimes Division.  He is currently working for The Crim Law Firm.  Nicholas graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Environmental Science.  Nicholas enjoys sports, traveling, trying new restaurants, and socializing with friends.

John Hwang
John is a 3L and is looking forward to working with the Advocates board this year. Originally from Houston, Texas, John graduated from University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. In his free time, John enjoys trying new restaurants and photographing.

Mikhail Paltiyevich
Mikhail is a 3L and is looking forward to working with the Advocates board this year.

Stacy Fisher
Stacy is a 3L and is looking forward to working with the Advocates board this year.

Jeannie Nguyen
Jeannie Nguyen is a native Houstonian. Jeannie graduated from the University of Texas, where she was a dedicated member of the UT Archery Club. She has interned for Bankruptcy Judge Bohm, Lone Star Legal Aid, and Texas Children's Hospital. Jeannie is currently an active member of the Advocates, a provisional member of the Moot Court team, and a candidate for the Houston Journal of International Law. In her spare time, she brews coffee and undercooks different cuts of steak.

Kevin Yang
Kevin is a 2L and is looking forward to working with the Advocates board this year.

Aaron Ford
Before arriving in Houston, Aaron spent twenty years in the workforce managing a Dallas Attorney’s office, serving with two Texas state agencies, and as a Regional Sales Director for a fund managed startup in Austin.  Aaron graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington, with a degree in Political Science/Pre Law, where his studies led him to explore one summer in Cuernavaca, Mexico for full Spanish immersion.  Aaron prides himself on being: an active leader on campus, a connected member of various charitable organizations, and a passionate advocate for community involvement.  In support of his legal passion, he maintains executive or committee positions with seven UHLC organizations, and has received recognition for half a dozen fellowships, scholarships, top competition finishes, and awards during his first year at UHLC.  When scheduling allows, you can find Aaron enjoying winter sports in Lake Tahoe, or exploring island scuba diving locations in the summer.

Rachel Morefield
Rachel is a 3L and is looking forward to working with the Advocates board this year.

Julian Dominguez
Julian is a 2L and is looking forward to working with the Advocates board this year.

Matt Harper
Matt is a 2L and is looking forward to working with the Advocates board this year.

Mark Gonzalez
Mark Gonzalez is a member of the Advocates Associate Board and previously served as 1L Representative from Section C in 2014-2015. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Mark received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in Political Science. During the second half of his undergraduate career, Mark was the program and research assistant at Stanford Law School’s public interest department. He also worked on the staff of Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce at the National Labor Relations Board in the summer of 2013. Mark competed in high school and collegiate mock trial tournaments, and he continues his passion for trial advocacy as a member of UHLC’s Mock Trial team. Currently, Mark is a law clerk at Houlette & Gray, PLLC.

Audrey Ewer
Audrey Ewer is serving as a IL Representative for Section C for the Advocates.  Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Audrey graduate from the University of Houston - Clear Lake in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science.  Audrey has participated in mock trials in high school and is a certified mediator.  Audrey also has a photography business, and she enjoys having the experience of running her own business and being a photographer.

Maddi West
Maddison West is a 1L representative from Sugar Land, Texas. Prior to attending law school, Maddison spent four years in Dallas, Texas at Southern Methodist University. While at SMU, Maddison was involved in various student organizations around campus, including SMU's competitive cheerleading team and Kappa Alpha Theta. Although she loved living in Dallas, she always knew that she wanted to move back to Houston in order pursue her dream of becoming a trial attorney. Now that Maddison is back in Houston, she looks forward to the next three years at UHLC and could not be more excited to be apart of The Advocates!

Mariam Abdelmalak
I have lived in Houston since 2003 and love the quick pace of the city. I attended the University of Houston as an undergraduate and earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. I began law school not knowing what field I would pursue, but I am now leaning towards corporate or labor law. My hobbies include reading good mystery novels and tutoring math.

Matt Bergeron
Matt is a 1L section rep from Section A. He is looking forward to serving on the Advocates board this year.