The Advocates

 

Board of Advocates

 

2016-2017 The Advocates | Executive Board

 

Executive Chair: MacKenzie Dunham
MacKenzie is proud to continue serving the Advocates as a Executive Chair. In addition to having been the Hippard Open Director. Having worked for a number of firms in the past, MacKenzie feels called towards litigation and intends to make a career out of it. When he isn’t in class, MacKenzie participates in both the UHLC Moot Court and Mock Trial intramural teams.

Vice Chair of Public Relations: Sydney Nguyen
Sydney is the Vice Chair of Public Relations for the Advocates. She is also a 3L representative of the Student Bar Association, and a 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.

Vice Chair of Finance: Mariam Abdelmalak
Mariam is the Vice Chair of Finance for the Advocates. She has lived in Houston since 2003 and loves the quick pace of the city. Mariam attended the University of Houston as an undergraduate and earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. She is now leaning towards corporate or labor law. My hobbies include reading good mystery novels and tutoring math.

Membership Chair: Gabriella Cole
Gabriella is the 2016-2017 Membership Chair. She is looking forward to being on the Advocates board this year.

Special Events Chair: Carla Pelaez
Carla is a 3L on the Mock Trial Team. She is looking forward to being on the Advocates board this year.

Fundraising Chair: Jeannie Nguyen
Jeannie 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.

John Black Director: Allie Trujillo
Allie is the Director of the John Black 1L Moot Court Competition for the 2016-17 school year.

Hippard Novice Director: Janan Sharaf
Janan is a 3L on the Mock Trial Team. She is looking forward to being on the Advocates board this year.

Hippard Open Director: Audrey Ewer
Audrey is serving as the Hippard Open Director. 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.

Negotiation/Mediation Director: Jelen Cato
Jelen is a 2L on the Moot Court Team. She is looking forward to being on the Advocates board this year.

Blakely Butler Director: Jay Zhang
Jay is a 2L on the Moot Court Team. She is looking forward to being on the Advocates board this year.

 

2016-2017 The Advocates | Associate Board

Dakota Fandry

Nneka Morah

Greg Garvin

Brittany Gavula

Oliva Fragoso

Kevin Yang
Kevin is a 3L 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.

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

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

Sepi Zimmer
Sepi is a 3L on the Mock Trial Team. She is looking forward to working with the Advocates board this year.

David Ghably
David is a 2L on the Mock Trial Team. He is looking forward to working with the Advocates board this year.

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