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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 third-year law student at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). Mykal also serves as a Research Assistant and Irene Rosenberg Scholar for the Center of Children, Law & Policy at UHLC, a Street Law Instructor for the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center, a Student Representative on the UHLC Honor Board, and a Member of 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, and writing fictional stories.

Mykal Peterson

Kristen Guerrero Dorton

J.D., University of Houston Law Center
M.Ed., University of St. Thomas
B.A., University of Houston
B.S., University of Houston-Clear Lake

Kristen was a member of the Moot Court and Alternative Dispute Resolution teams and served as Secretary of the Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) during her 3L year.  During her time at the law center she also served as a Student Attorney at the Dual- Status Representation Clinic at UHLC clinic and was a Public Interest Fellow at the Center for Children, Law and Policy. Prior to law school, Kristen worked in education for 17 years.  She currently clerks in the 280th District Court and provides pro bono services for non-profit organizations.

Jack LaPorte

Jack LaPorte

B.A. California Polytechnic State University

Jack LaPorte is a 3L at the University of Houston Law Center and Irene Merker Rosenberg Scholar with the Center for Children, Law & Policy.  Before attending law school, Jack served in the Army for about seven years.  Jack continued his public service in law school interning with the Harris County Attorney’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, and is currently interning with the Harris County Public Defender’s Office in the Juvenile Division.  Committed to supporting and defending the rights of the people of our community, Jack hopes to work in indigent and juvenile defense upon graduation. 

Jack LaPorte

Nicholas “Guilly” Guillory

B.A. St. Edwards University

Nicholas Guillory (he/him) received a B.A. in Criminal Justice from St. Edwards University in 2018 and is currently a third-year law student at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). He currently serves as an Irene Rosenberg Scholar with the center for Children, Law & Policy , as well as interns with the Travis County Juvenile Public Defenders Office. While in Houston, he serves on the board and volunteers for the Trans-Legal Aid Clinic Houston.  His past legal experience includes being a legal fellow at the National Center for Transgender Equality, Student Attorney at the Dual- Status Representation Clinic at UHLC, and a Summer Law Clerk at the Maryland Office of Public Defenders.