Meet the board

Reed Fryar
Reed Fryar is a 2L and is currently serving her second term with SBA. As a 1L, she was elected as a Section B 1L Representative. Reed attended undergrad at the University of Houston and graduated with honors with degrees in History and Political Science. Before law school, she worked as a legal assistant for Beacon Law, a small legal aid organization in Houston, Texas that provides pro bono legal services to the homeless. Reed tied for Ms. Congeniality at Barristers' Ball 2017 and plans to defend her right to the Iron Throne in the coming year.

Kathryn Laflin
VP External
Kathryn is from Austin, Texas and is a 2L at the University of Houston Law School. She graduated from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, with a double major in Political Science and International Relations with minors in Peacebuilding Non-Violent Conflict Resolution and Leadership studies. Kathrynis also serving as Professor Crump's Civil Procedure TA in the Fall, and the Vice-President of Outreach for the Christian Legal Society. Kathryn has been involved in SBA since her 1L year, serving as a section representative. Kathryn spends what free time she has outside, going to amusement parks, and exploring new places. She is excited to serve as the External Vice-President for the 2017-2018 school year.

Katie Stitely
VP Internal
Katie Stitely is a transplant from Charleston, South Carolina. She attended the College of Charleston for undergrad, majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. While in college, Katie served as the vice-president for the Sigma Delta Tau sorority and as the vice-president of risk management for the Panhellenic Council. After graduation, Katie worked as a copyeditor before moving to Houston and working as an office clerk for the firm Stephenson Fournier. Now a 2L at the University of Houston Law Center, she serves as the internal vice-president of the Student Bar Association, as well as the secretary for the Association of Women in Law and the treasurer for Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.

Brittainie Zinsmeyer
Brittainie Zinsmeyer was born and raised in the small town of Mathis, Texas.  After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, she taught Special Education, Math, English, and Science for six years.  Additionally, Brittainie coached volleyball, basketball, and track. Going into her 2L year at UHLC, she serves not only as Secretary for SBA, but is a part of numerous other organizations, such as the Mock Trial team, PILO, and the Advocates.  In what spare time she has (there isn't much), she enjoys spending time with family, Harry Potter, baking, superhero movies, and reading things that won't be tested!

Edward Gomez
Edward Gomez is currently a third-year law student. He is a native Houstonian, who has lived in Houston for the majority of his life, except for when obtaining his undergraduate degree from Trinity University in 2014. He graduated from Trinity in 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science and Physics. Apart from serving as the SBA treasurer, he is the current President of HLSA as well as a UHLC Student Ambassador. Edward was the first in his family to attend and graduate from a four-year university, and first to attend law school. Edward aspires to pursue a career in criminal law. He interned at the Galveston County District Attorney's Office and had a judicial internship with Judge Mendoza of the 178th Criminal District Court during his 1L summer. He currently is interning with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, in their Post-Conviction Writ Division.

Derek Whitmire
Large Events Director
Derek Whitmire received a Psychology, B.S. degree from Texas A&M before teaching 6th grade social studies and coaching 7th grade football for a year in Houston. After spending another year working as a wedding DJ/MC, he enrolled in UHLC. He currently serves as the Large Events Coordinator for SBA, a Themis Bar Prep rep, and the Treasurer of the Space Law Society. Derek is a fan of board games, sticky notes, dancing, giggling, and the Texans.

Bryce Romero
Small Events Director
Bryce Romero is a 2L and Small Events Director for the SBA at UHLC. He graduated magna cum laude from Lamar University where he studied political science. Before law school, Bryce worked as a legislative aide and legislative director in the Texas Capitol. During the 2017 Summer, he is working for the Honorable Alfred Bennett of the Southern District of Texas as well as a research assistant for Professor Nimmer. Bryce hopes to use his law degree to enhance his skills in political advocacy and policymaking, and he plans to pursue a career in governmental affairs.

Jack Nugent
Community Outreach Director
Jack was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  A product of HISD schools, Jack found his passion for volunteer work at a young age.  While at Lamar High School, Jack was a summer volunteer in El Coral, Chontales, Nicaragua for Amigos de las Americas and completed hundreds of community service hours in pursuing the International Baccalaureate Diploma.  While attending college at Sewanee: The University of the South, Jack volunteered as a head basketball coach at Sewanee Elementary for three years and was a mentor in the Big People for Little People program.  Jack believes that one of the most important aspects of becoming a lawyer is utilizing the profession to provide for those in the community who most need it.  Jack is entering his second full year as a board member of the SBA and is looking forward to providing ample volunteer opportunities for UHLC students.

Austin Campbell
Intramurals Director
Austin Campbell is from Tyler, Texas. He attended Sam Houston State University and majored in Political Science. While at Sam Houston State, Austin was a member of the Sam Houston Football Team that won two conference championships. After graduation, Austin immediately made his way over to the University of Houston Law Center where he is now a 2L and is the Director of Intramurals for the Student Bar Association. He looks forward to all of the UHLC intramural teams winning championships.

Zach Scott
ABA/HBA Representative
Zachary Scott is a native Houstonian and currently a 3L at the University of Houston Law Center. He graduated from Texas A&M University and studied abroad at Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin. Before attending the Law Center, Zach worked simultaneous jobs as a Catering Manager and an Engraving Specialist. During his time at UHLC, he has served in numerous extracurricular positions including President of the Student Bar Association, Programs Editor for the Houston Journal of International Law, and Team Captain of Basketball, Soccer, and Flag Football intramural teams. Additionally, Zach is an active member of both the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Moot Court Teams; winning a National Championship in Moot Court during his 2L year. Currently, Zach is continuing his work as a Research Assistant to the Former Dean, Raymond T. Nimmer, and as a Law Clerk at Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey.

Michael Amaya
SBOT Representative
Michael Kevin Amaya was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He is a huge fan of sports, fitness, food, film, and humor. Michael earned a high school diploma from Mission Early College High and an Associates degree from El Paso Community College, concurrently, in 2012. He received a Bachelors in Psychology at the University of California San Diego in 2015 and graduated with cum laude honors. Michael interned at Las America's Immigration Advocacy Institute as an administrative assistant and in the family law program. Additionally, he is a Blakely Advocacy Institute Moot Court 2L Team Member, an Intramural athlete, and a second generation Mexican-American with a dash of Spanish in his blood. He probably decided to be a lawyer after watching Liar Liar ft. Jim Carrey.

Sanah Virani
2L Representative
Sanah Virani is a 2L at UHLC. Even though she was born in New Orleans, LA, she was raised in Sugar Land, TX (a suburb of Houston). Sanah attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Bachelor in Business Administration in Finance. Prior to law school, Sanah was an advisory associate at KPMG and was a consultant in the Forensic Accounting department. She also worked in Medical Management a short time prior to starting school. Sanah served as a 1L Representative for SBA in 2016-2017. Sanah is currently a 2L Representative for SBA 2017-2018, the Treasurer for LawHorns, and a member of the ADR Team.

Oren Draznin
2L Representative
Oren Draznin's journey to University of Houston Law Center began on his family ranch outside a tiny Hill Country town where the worst traffic is a tractor at the only blinking yellow light. After earning his undergraduate degree in Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, he worked as a field engineer for Schlumberger in Mozambique and throughout southeast Africa. His return to Texas led him to UHLC where he is proud to serve as a 2L representative for SBA, marshal for the Hickman Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, and head representative for the UHLC Intellectual Property Student Organization (IPSO). When not studying or nerding out on people, Oren enjoys hunting, fishing, long range shooting and figuring out how random stuff works.

Sami Adhikari
2L Representative
Sami Adhikari is a 2L representative. She is a first generation law student. She graduated from University of Oklahoma with a degree in Women's and Gender Studies and Constitutional Studies. Sami is also an aspiring food critic!

Carter Nash
2L Representative
Carter was born in Regina, Saskatchewan to Bill and Debbie Nash. He has a sister named Jennifer and a brother named Andrew. He graduated from UT Dallas with a degree in business administration and an MBA with a concentration in marketing. Upon graduation Carter spent a year and a half working for AppFolio, a software company, doing account management. His hobbies include ping pong, basketball, travelling back to Canada and barbecues.

Katrina Bennett
2L Representative
Katrina Bennett is a part-time student at UHLC and works full time as a paralegal. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with her history degree and decided to go to law school when she realized that was all she could do with her history degree. Katrina is the current president of the Evening Law Students Association, Secretary and Director of Outreach of the Corporate & Taxation Law Society,  Secretary of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and SBA 2L part-time rep. In her spare time (LOL) Katrina enjoys jiu jitsu, podcasts and traveling.

Eddie Hernandez
2L Representative
Eddie is a native of Dallas, Texas and went to Austin College for his bachelor's degree where he majored in Psychology and Political Science. Before law school, Eddie interned at the State Department of State in D.C. and worked for multiple non-profits. He is currently a 2L representative for the Student Bar Association, a justice on the Honor Board, and a justice for the University of Houston Student Government Supreme Court. Eddie's interests include giving back to the community and enjoying nature. His hobbies include weightlifting, playing guitar, hiking and being a "Big Brother" for Big Brothers Big Sisters.