Student Bar Association

1L Orientation and Mentoring

Mentoring and New Student Orientation Mentoring is an important program that unites 1L’s with upperclassmen and the administration. Each spring, students are selected by the SBA to serve as mentors for the incoming 1L class. The mentors work together to plan events, offer advice, and guide new students during the notorious first-year of law school. The mentoring program in integral to the administration of SBA because it provides an opportunity for students of all classes and sections to communicate with each other and SBA about concerns, complaints, issues, and ideas.

2011 – 2012 Peer Mentors

Section A
Orson BellOrson Bell
Annie DishmanAnnie Dishman
Joe GrdinovacJoe Grdinovac
Julia HayesJulia Hayes
Casey HolderCasey Holder
Kelcy MuellerKelcy Mueller
Jordan SandersJordan Sanders
Avery SheppardAvery Sheppard
Greg SweigartGreg Sweigart
Koby WilbanksKoby Wilbanks
Section B
Brian AlbertBrian Albert
Peter DanyshPeter Danysh
Michael FillingameMichael Fillingame
Russ GiffordRuss Gifford
Michael HoffmanMichael Hoffman
Clayton HuffClayton Huff
Blair LeakeBlair Leake
Katie PetroskiKatie Petroski
Poston PritchettPoston Pritchett
Katherine WittyKatherine Witty
Section C
Justen BarksJusten Barks
Sireesha ChiralaSireesha Chirala
David GantzDavid Gantz
Erin LongErin Long
Michael SchneiderMichael Schneider
Nathan StoneNathan Stone
Katelyn RichardsonKatelyn Richardson
Courteney TaylorCourteney Taylor
Nakis UrfiNakis Urfi
Courtney Walsh Courtney Walsh
Section E
Rissel DurandRissel Durand
Kevin GreenKevin Green
Katherine Janse van RensburgKatherine Janse van Rensburg
Annie KwanAnnie Kwan
Farrah NajmuddinFarrah Najmuddin
Kourtney Osegueda Kourtney Osegueda
Andrea PenedoAndrea Penedo
Jim SillimanJim Silliman

SBA Bookswap

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Locker Rental

Students wishing to have a little more storage space on campus can rent a locker each school year. Rental rates are $10 per year ($5 per semester) for SBA members and $20 per year ($10 per semester) for non-SBA members. Lockers are located on the ground floor of TUII near the law school clinics, and on the second floor of TUII across from the classrooms. Any locker with an “AVAILABLE” label can be rented. Fill out a rental form, place the available label on the form, and drop the form with your payment in the SBA Drop Box located in the bank of lockers at the end of the computer lab hallway. You may also drop your rental form off in Bookswap during business hours.

Basement Locker Form
Second Floor Locker Form

For questions, please contact Kelly Hickman, Internal Affairs Director, at


Arbitration is the law center’s happy hour. Events include drinks and food, and are usually held two to three times a semester. Arbitrations are usually held in the courtyard area of TUII and admission is free for all students.


Softball: The SBA coordinates UHLC’s participation in the annual Triple Play Softball Tournament. The tournament is run by the South Texas College of Law and features teams from all three of Houston’s law schools and numerous law firms. This event is held in the fall.
Flag Football: In prior years, UHLC has held an intramural flag football competition in the spring. In 2007, the tournament was expanded to include South Texas College of Law and is now known as the Bayou City Barrister’s Bowl. The flag football tournament is held in the spring.