Student Bar Association

2013-2014 Student Assembly | Board Members

President: Megan Mikutis

Megan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston – Clear Lake with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. While working at UHCL’s Writing Center since early 2011, she has also contributed to the forthcoming publication of the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice and has aided in an ongoing study examining social media’s effects on collegiate classroom communications. Megan is the President of the Student Bar Association and anticipates graduating from the UH Law Center in 2015.

Vice President: Melissa Broadway

Melissa is currently serving as Vice President of SBA. She is originally from Dallas, Texas. She graduated with her BS in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and then went on to get her MS in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She worked as a research scientist in the field of biomedical science before coming to law school. Melissa is passionate about the Harris County Court Appointed Special Advocate nonprofit, Child Advocates, Inc., and she has been a guardian ad litem for four children for the past year and a half.

Secretary: Monica Raspino

Monica is currently serving as the Secretary. She is originally from Harlingen, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. She graduated with high honors from the University of Texas with a degree in Political Communications and a Business certificate. While in Austin, Monica interned for the Texas House of Representatives and worked at the criminal law firm, Dunham and Jones. She also volunteered with the Eastside Community Connection food bank and Dance Marathon, benefiting Dell Children's Hospital.  Monica spent her 1L summer interning for the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston, and she is currently a Research Assistant for the Legal Research and Writing Center.  She enjoys cooking, dancing, and playing with her yellow labrador, Jackson.

Treasurer: Davut Atik

Davut currently serves as Treasurer. Before attending UHLC, Davut graduated from UT Austin with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Islamic Studies. He has been active in intercultural and interfaith dialogue, serving as President of both Turkic Cultures Student Association and University Interfaith Council at UT. Davut enjoys reading, cooking, baking, and soccer, currently serving as the Captain of Law Center's coed soccer team.

Internal Affairs Director: Megan Roper

Megan Roper serves as the Internal Affairs Director for the Student Bar Association for the 2013-2014 school year. Megan's job as Internal Affairs Director consists of coordinating the 1L membership drive, and distributing lockers to students. She also serves as the Fundraising Chair of the Advocates and Vice President/Secretary of the Aggie Law Society. Megan is involved in the University of Houston's Alternative Dispute Resolution Team and has participated in mediation and negotiation competitions. Megan also worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Darren Bush where she focused on antitrust matters. Currently, Megan is interning with Nance & Simpson, LLC, a probate and business law firm. Prior to law school, Megan graduated from Texas A&M University receiving a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in History.

ABA Representative: Pooneh Momeni

Pooneh currently serves as on the Student Bar Association Board as a 1L representative for section A. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a bachelor in journalism. Before attending UHLC, Pooneh interned for the 232nd Harris County Criminal Court and worked full-time at a small law firm in Houston. Upon graduation, Pooneh intends to pursue a career in litigation. She enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her Chiweenie, Petey.

Large Events Director: Megan Daic

Megan currently serves as the Large Events Director. She also represents the Law Center as a member of the Blakely Advocacy Institute's Mock Trial Team.

In 2011, she advanced as a quarterfinalist in the Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition,  and she and her partner won the Hippard Novice Mock Trial Competition in 2012. In 2012, she advanced to the finals of the Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition.

Outside the Law Center, she interns for the Harris County District Attorney's office, and previously interned at the Dallas County District Attorney's office. In 2008, she interned on Capitol Hill for a Texas Congressman. Since then she has worked as a Junior Research Analyst for a political polling firm. In 2010 she started a half-marathon training program for the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, and helped the organization raise over $110,000 in one season.

Small Events Director / Social Director: Michael Ryan

Michael is currently the Small Events Director. Michael is originally from the Houston area, Sugar Land specifically. He went to Texas A&M for his BA in History and continued at A&M with his MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. He used these degrees to teach World Geography in the Cy-Fair school district from 2009-2012 before changing gears and heading to law school. Throughout his college and professional careers he has dedicated his spare time to working with youth through his church and with special needs individuals. Michael is a passionate fan of all Houston sports franchises and enjoys cooking in his spare time.

Intramurals Director: Joe Crawford

Joe Crawford was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin for his undergraduate studies. Joe worked briefly in the gold and oil industries before moving to Houston to attend UHLC. In his free time, Joe likes to read, play guitar and participate in recreational athletics.

2013-2014 Student Assembly | Representatives

3L Representative: Morgan Bellmor

Born in Marietta, Georgia, Morgan Bellmor always knew he was destined for greatness. Morgan moved closer to his destiny when he moved to Texas to attend Texas A&M University. While at A&M, Morgan was regarded for his excellence in academics and leadership in both the Corps of Cadets and Sigma Nu Fraternity. However, Morgan realized his abilities would be best utilized in service, and Morgan commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Morgan is currently a 2L and intends to serve as a Marine Staff Judge Advocate upon graduation from UHLC. Morgan's hobbies and interests include: everything. There isn't a single thing Morgan is bad at.

2L Representative: Kelly Rizzo

Kelly currently serves as a 2L Representative for the Student Bar Association. She is also the Activities and Recruitment Director for the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, a Student Ambassador, and a mentor to 1Ls. She is currently working with a group of students to create a society and publication focused on gender issues in the law. A native Houstonian, Kelly received her B.A. in Communication with a minor in Political Science from the University of Houston in 2011, interning with the Harris County Public Defender’s Office during her last semester. She recently received her mediation certification and plans to practice family law after graduation.

2L Representative: Andrew Geppert

Andrew Geppert currently serves as a 2L Representative for the Student Bar Association. He is also a member of the Blakely Advocacy Institute’s Moot Court Team and a candidate on the Houston Journal of International Law. This past summer he interned for Judge Marvin Isgur of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. Andrew graduated from Texas Tech University in 2009 with a degree in History, and taught high school history before attending law school. Andrew enjoys outdoor activities and trying new restaurants around Houston.

2L Representative: Ozair Hasan

Ozair is currently serving as a 2L representative. Born and raised in southeast Houston (Clear Lake), Ozair graduated from Texas A&M University with both a BBA and MS in Accounting. Ozair is a Certified Public Accountant and spent three years with PricewaterhouseCoopers. In his spare time, Ozair enjoys cooking, playing music, golfing, and hanging out with his two nephews, Faiz and Humza.

2L Representative: Chris Brown

Chris is currently serving as 2L class representative. He left his hometown of Katy, Texas to attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, where he received a double major in Supply & Value Chain Management and Finance. He also received an emphasis in leadership through the BNSF Next Generation Leadership Program. During his time at TCU, Chris spent nearly a year interning at a hedge fund in downtown Fort Worth. After Graduation, he worked at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics specializing in production control for the F-16 Fighter Jet. After his 1L year, Chris interned for the legal department of Cudd Energy Services. In his free time he enjoys Crossfit training, playing basketball, and being outdoors. 

2L Part-Time Representative: Bianca Lopez

Bianca Lopez currently serves as a Part-Time Representative for the Student Bar Association. Bianca graduated from the University of Houston in 2011, where she received a double degree for Psychology and Political Science. Bianca was involved in many student organizations in college, and she worked closely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to organize a week-long fundraiser on campus. Bianca has interned for the City of Houston, worked in an oil and gas law firm, and is currently working in the land department of an oil and gas company. Bianca enjoys spending time with her oversized Yorkie, traveling, and supporting the University of Houston Cougars.

1L Representative (Section A): Allegra Sturns

Allegra proudly serves on the Student Bar Association Board as a 1L Representative for Section A. Allegra is originally from Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2011 with a BA in Public Policy Studies, with her primary focus being crime, law and justice. Prior to attending UHLC, Allegra was a paralegal for both an immigration firm and a criminal defense firm. Allegra is also the 1L Representative for Section A in the Black Law Students Association at UHLC and a member of the Section A Indoor Soccer and Flag Football teams.  She enjoys going to the gym, shopping, cooking, watching sports, and spending time with friends and family.

1L Representative (Section A): Nicolas Brown

1L Representative (Section A): Bayoji Akingbola

1L Representative (Section B): Michael Azari

Michael Azari currently serves as the Student Bar Association’s 1L representative for Section B. After earning the rank of Eagle Scout, Michael went on to graduate from The University of Texas at Austin in May of 2013. There, he received a B.A. in Government and a certificate in Business Foundations from the Red McCombs School of Business. He also served as the Vice-President of ISACO, and was involved the political science honor’s society Pi Sigma Alpha, the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, and worked on campus at the Perry Castañeda Library. He has also held internships with ExxonMobil at the Hadi Law Firm. Pursuing a career in Entertainment Law, Michael is an avid fan of all things music. In fact, for the past several years he has enjoyed songwriting, performing, and managing a band with his friends.

1L Representative (Section B): Leah Buenik

Leah Buenik is currently serving as one of the 1L Section Representatives for Section B. Leah is from Sugar Land, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising with a certificate in the Business Foundations Program, Global Track, from The University of Texas at Austin, hook 'em! During college, Leah was a member of the University of Texas All-Women Cheerleading Squad, Texas Advertising Group, Order of Omega, and the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She also interned at the State Capitol for Representative John Otto during the 2011 legislative session, UWeekly, and the DiNovo, Price, Ellwanger, and Hardy law firm. At UHLC, Leah is a representative for the International Law Society and a member of the Lawhorns organization. Leah enjoys yoga, ballet barre, reading, and traveling.

1L Representative (Section B): Chance Marshall

Chance is proudly serving as a 1L Rep for Section B. Hailing from the Houston Area, he graduated in 2013 from Rice University with a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology. Over the past two summers, he has worked for The Lanier Law Firm, assisting in their asbestos practice division. In what precious free time he has, Chance enjoys martial arts, sailing, and watching the Texans.

1L Representative (Section C): Timothy Busse

Tim is currently serves as a 1L Representative for Section C.  He is originally from St. Paul Minnesota and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering and certificate in Technical Communications. Tim worked as a project engineer with Cargill, Inc. at a corn mill in Southeast Iowa for two years before beginning law school. Outside of class he enjoys running, playing guitar, and disc golf.

1L Representative (Section C): Kyle Doherty

Kyle Doherty, a Mississippi native, moved to Houston in 2012 to seek his fortune. Prior to studying law, Kyle worked as a features writer for Mississippi's statewide newspaper, The Clarion-Ledger; received a master's degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida; and worked as a paralegal at a small family law firm. Kyle hopes to work in immigration or international law after completing his studies at UHLC.

1L Representative (Section C): Wesley Williams

Wesley is currently saving as a 1L Representative for Section C. He is originally from San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Government. While in Austin, Wesley was very active in Student Government and the Undergraduate Studies Council, the governing body for one of the colleges within UT. He was actively involved in the UT chapter of the international volunteer organization Best Buddies and spent two semesters as a teaching assistant in the PE department for ballroom dance. While in undergrad he worked at an Austin-based lobbying law firm and in the summer preceding this year worked for a San Antonio firm focusing on commercial litigation. In his free time, he loves following Texas and NFL football, dancing, board games, cooking, and spending quality time with friends and family.

1L Representative (Section E): Larry Hargrave

Larry is currently serving as a 1L representative for Section E. Prior to attending UHLC, Larry received his Masters in Resources and Environmental Studies from Texas State University, and a BA in Geography from The University of Texas at Austin. Larry’s primary legal interests include Energy and Environmental Law. In addition to school, Larry is an avid musician who has performed professionally across North America and Europe.

1L Representative (Section E): Sami Siddiqui

Sami is a 1L interested in practicing corporate law in the energy sector. He attended Emory University and received his bachelor’s degree in Economics. Sami has strong interests in cycling, reading Harper’s Magazine and playing sports with friends. Currently attending the UHLC as a part-time student, he tries to attend as many on campus events as possible. Sami is also very interested in pro-bono work and hopes to practice in the Houston area after graduation.

1L Representative (Section E): Kelsey Trom

Kelsey grew up mostly in Virginia, attended University of Virginia, and received a B.S. in Environmental Science and B.A. in Economics in 2008.  After graduation she took a job with Alcoa doing Environmental Compliance.  After living in both Pittsburgh and San Antonio for Alcoa, she moved in 2012 to Houston to join Halliburton as a part of their Global Health, Safety, and Environmental group.  Kelsey wants to continue in the field of environmental compliance by specializing in environmental law.

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