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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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