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The Irene Merker Rosenberg Scholarship Program

Irene Merker Rosenberg Scholars are named in honor of the late Professor Rosenberg who taught at the University of Houston Law Center for 35 years. Professor Rosenberg was a leader in the field of juvenile and children's rights. Scholars are selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career representing children's interests, prior experience in related areas, and academic achievement.

Scholar Bios

 Mykal Peterson

Mykal Peterson

B.S., University of Houston - Downtown

Mykal Peterson is a current fourth-year JD/MBA candidate at the University of Houston Law Center. Mykal also serves as a Law Clerk for the 281st Harris County Civil District Court, a Research Assistant and Irene Rosenberg Scholar for the Center of Children, Law & Policy at UH Law Center, a Competitor on UH Law Center’s Interscholastic National Mock Trial Team, a Student Representative on the UH Law Center Honor Board, and a Part-time Representative for the Black Law Student Association. Mykal is a first-generation college student and law student from a single mother household of six children. Mykal is a father and enjoys cooking, running, collecting digital sports cards, and writing fictional stories.

Cristina Ocampo

Cristina Ocampo

B.S., University of Texas at Austin

Cristina Ocampo is a third-year law student at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). She currently serves as Marketing Chair for the Criminal Law Association (CLA), Diversity & Events Chair for the Association of Women in Law (AWIL), Secretary of OUTLaw (UHLC’s premier LGBTQ organization), and as a certified legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). She has previously worked with Texas Innocence Network (TIN) through the Innocence Investigations clinic, as a student attorney for the Juvenile & Children’s Advocacy Project (JCAP), and now serves as a judicial intern in the 315th Juvenile District Court. Cristina’s zeal for legal advocacy is matched only by her love of movies.

Andrea Borge

Andrea Borge

B.A., Framingham State University 

Andrea Borge received a B.A. in criminology from Framingham State University in Massachusetts and is a third-year law student at the University of Houston Law Center. She is currently a legal fellow with the Center for Children, Law & Policy and is also working at a Houston-based firm as a law clerk. Andrea has previously been a legal fellow at the nonprofit Children at risk, a board member of UHLC’s Labor and Employment Law Society, and a student volunteer with Houston Volunteer Lawyers.

Jazmyne Betters

Jazmyne Betters

B.A., University of Houston

Jazmyne Betters is a current second-year law student at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). Jazmyne also serves as a State Bar Qualified Law Student for UHLC's Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic (ECDC), a Research Assistant for the Center of Children, Law & Policy at UHLC, a Candidate on Board 46 of the Houston Journal of International Law (HJIL), the Secretary for the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), and a 1L Mentor. Jazmyne is a first-generation college student and law student from a single mother. Jazmyne enjoys playing volleyball, reading literary fiction, and watching television shows.

Hanna Niner

Hanna Niner

B.A., Trinity University

Hanna Niner received a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from Trinity University and is now a second-year law student at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). She is currently working in the Civil Clinic at UHLC and as a family law research assistant. Hanna has previously completed legal internships at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Anti-Defamation League as a Marvin Nathan Fellow, the Federal Public Defenders, and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). Before law school, Hanna served in the Peace Corps as a Community Health Volunteer in rural Paraguay. 

Trae Mauricio 

Trae Mauricio 

B.A., University of Houston

Trae Mauricio is a second-year law student at the University of Houston Law Center and is looking forward to earning her second degree as a Houston cougar. She has previously worked with the Juvenile and Children’s Advocacy Project as a student attorney. Trae is currently in the UHLC Street Law clinic where she teaches teens on probation. Her hobbies include baking and gardening.

Alexandria Harris

Alexandria Harris

B.A., Pepperdine University 

Alexandria Harris is a second-year law student at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). Alexandria currently works as a Research Assistant and Irene Rosenberg Scholar for the Center for Children, Law & Policy at UHLC, serves as President for the Black Law Students Association, and serves as a member of the Advocates Associate Board. She also competes as a member of the Moot Court Team. Prior to law school, she taught in Second Ward for four years as a Teach for America corps member. Alexandria is a first-generation college graduate and is the first in her family to pursue a graduate degree. She is passionate about youth advocacy and spends her free time trying different healthy recipes.