Members

VOLUME XVII | 2015 – 2016

Editor-In-Chief: 

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Emily Copeland, J.D. Candidate 2017, is the Editor in Chief for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. She is from Dallas, Texas, but traveled north of the Red River for college. In May 2014, Emily received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism with a focus in Public Relations and minoring in Spanish. Her legal interests include family, business, and tort law.

Executive Managing Editor:

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Madison Murray, J.D. Candidate 2017, is the Executive Managing Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. She was born in Amarillo and raised in Monahans, Texas. She graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University majoring in Public Relations and Communication Studies and minoring in Spanish. Her legal interests include labor and employment, non-profit, civil litigation, and family law.

Executive Lead Articles Editor:

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Miriam Aguayo, J.D. Candidate 2017, is the Executive Lead Articles Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. Miriam was born in Monterrey, N.L., Mexico and moved to United States at the age of 6. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Brownsville with a Bachelor’s degree in History. Miriam is the president and founder of the Immigration Law Association and currently serves as the Student Chair of Immigration Efforts. She has a strong interest in immigration law and hopes to one day help influence immigration policy.

Executive Student Writing Editor:

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Kathryn Hand, J.D. Candidate 2017, is the Executive Student Writing Editor for Volume 18 of the Tech Administrative Law Journal. She was born and raised in Spring, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts from The University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma where she majored in Letters and minored in Spanish. She is a Contracts tutor for first year students. Her primary legal interests are employment and administrative law.

Organizational Development Chair:

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Lauren Arredondo, J.D. Candidate 2017, is the Organizational Development Chair for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. She was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014, majoring in Government with a minor in History and certificates in Business and European Studies. Her primary legal interests include business, energy, and employment law.

Executive Business Manager:

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Joseph Higgins, J.D. Candidate 2017, is the Executive Business Manager for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. Joe, a citizen of both the United States and Canada, was born in Spring, Texas and spent part of his childhood living in Victoria, B.C. before moving to Carrollton, Texas in 4th grade. Joe received a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management with a certificate in Business Foundations from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. His primary legal interests include sports and administrative law.

Executive Technology Editor:

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Meagan Ghormley, J.D. Candidate 2017, is the Executive Technology Editor for Volume 18 for the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. She graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University with her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications. She interned for Texas State Representative Kevin Brady in Washington, D.C. before coming to Tech Law. Her legal interests are oil and gas, water, and criminal law.

Comment Editors

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Emilie Blake, J.D. Candidate 2017, is a Comment Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. She was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a minor in Business Administration from Colorado State University. After traveling the nation as a consultant, she moved to Texas to pursue her legal interest in water, environmental, and oil & gas law.

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Triana Gonzalez, J.D. Candidate 2016, is a Comment Editor for Volume 18 for the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. She was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Economics from Texas A & M International University, graduating magna cum laude. She also obtained a Master of Arts in English from Texas A & M International University. She worked as a 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Language Arts & Literature teacher in her border-town community. She is currently pursuing the Health Law Concentration and is the President of Tech Health Law Association. She is also a Senior Writer for the Texas Bank Lawyer Magazine. Her primary legal interests include administrative, employment, and health law.

Brandon King

Brandon King, J.D. Candidate 2017, is a Comment Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. He was born and raised in the Southeast, having lived in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.  Importantly, Brandon is the only Auburn fan in an Alabama household, so he does not return home often.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University, graduating cum laude and majoring in History and Russian Language Studies.  He is primarily interested in civil litigation.

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Tiffany Pham, J.D. Candidate 2017, is a Comment Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. She was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but raised in Spring, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. She is the treasurer of the Hispanic Law Student Association, as well as a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal honor society. Her legal interests include oil and gas, toxic torts, and water law.

Articles Editors

Andrew Ashton

Andrew Ashton, J.D./M.E.N Candidate 2017, is an Article Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. Raised in Plano, TX, Andrew attended the University of Arizona and received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management and a Minor in Industrial Engineering. He is currently working toward a Masters of Engineering focusing in nano and bio manufacturing design, materials, and processes, concurrently with a law degree. His legal interest is in patent litigation.

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Sam Ballard, J.D. Candidate 2017, is an Article Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. He grew up in Houston, Texas, and still dreams about the glory days when he was the most popular kid in junior high. Sam graduated from Baylor in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies; he still complains about trading his waders for a suit and tie. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Environmental Law Society and as a Clerk for Phi Alpha Delta. Sam has a firm interest in Texas Water Rights and Natural Resource Law.

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Alyssa Bolin, J.D. Candidate 2017, is an Article Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. She was born and raised in Center Point, Texas, a very small town an hour outside San Antonio. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas Tech University and could not find it in her heart to leave Lubbock. Her primary legal interest is in Corporate Law, and her dream jobs include either serving as Chancellor of Texas Tech University or as in-house counsel for the San Antonio Spurs.

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Breann Hunter, J.D. Candidate 2017, is an Article Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. She was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, but raised in Houston, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and Rhetoric from St. Edward’s University in 2014, graduating cum laude. Her legal interests include oil and gas, water, and environmental law.

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Kendra Naranjo, J.D. Candidate 2017, is an Article Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. She was born in and raised in Brownsville, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts concentrated in Photography from Baylor University in 2013. Her legal interests include family, immigration, and criminal law.

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Annie Northcutt, J.D. Candidate 2017, is an Article Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. Born and raised in Plano, Texas, she graduated from Texas A&M University in 2014, with a major in Business Administration and two minors in Economics and Agronomy. She is the treasurer of the Student Animal Legal Defense Association, as well as a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal honor society. Her primary legal interests include business, oil and gas, and bankruptcy law.

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Erin Van Pelt, J.D. Candidate 2017, is an Article Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. Erin is from Las Cruces, New Mexico and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Tech University in 2014, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors. Her legal interests include criminal, family, and non-profit law.

Ashley Yi

Ashley Yi, J.D. Candidate 2017, is an Article Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. Ashley was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Korean. She is a dual-degree student–J.D./ Masters of Science in Personal Financial Planning. Also, she is the treasurer for the Asian Law Student Association and secretary for the Christian Legal Society. Ashley hopes to practice corporate law in the future.

Staff Editors

Callahn

Brandon Callahan, J.D. Candidate 2018, is a Staff Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. He grew up in Sandy, Utah and received A Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Brigham Young University-Idaho. After graduating from college, he worked at a brokerage until deciding to go to law school. Brandon is interested in estate planning, as well as, civil litigation, and hopes to practice both.

Coufal

Abbey B. Coufal, J.D. Candidate 2018, is a Staff Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. She was born and raised in Vernon, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts from West Texas A&M University in 2014, majoring in Mass Communication with an emphasis on Advertising/Public Relations and Broadcast Journalism. Her primary legal interests include water, environmental, and oil & gas law.

EllisJoseph S. (“Joe”) Ellis, J.D. Candidate 2018, is a Staff Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. He was born in San Angelo and raised in Brownwood, Texas. Joe received his Bachelors of Science from the United States Air Force Academy (2008) where he graduated on the Dean’s List. He earned his Masters of Arts with an Emphasis in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma (2013). He served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Air Force for over seven years and served multiple tours overseas and combat deployments.  He is primarily interested in criminal litigation, military law, and administrative law.

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Maira Lizett Gonzalez-Sanchez, J.D. Candidate 2018, is a Staff Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. She was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. In 2012, she graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Sociology. She is the American Bar Association 13th Circuit Lt. Governor of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal honor society. Her legal interests include civil litigation, income tax, family, and criminal law.

Guerrero Taylor Guerrero, J.D. Candidate 2018, is a Staff Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Administrative Law Journal. She was raised in White Deer, Texas, but the coaching life took her to many different towns: Seymour, Breckenridge, and Van Vleck, and Austin. She received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Government from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. She is involved in Hispanic Law Student Association and Longhorn Bar Association, as well as a member of Phi Delta Phi, a legal honor society. Her legal interests include human rights, specifically human trafficking, and becoming a federal prosecutor.

Joeckel

Matt Joeckel, J.D. Candidate 2018, is a Staff Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. He was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Liberal Arts from Texas Christian University. He is primarily interested in civil litigation.

Kline

Sarah Kline, J.D. Candidate 2018, is a Staff Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. Sarah is from Paradise, Texas, and graduated from Bridgeport High School in 2011. She then went on to Texas Christian University, where she double majored in English and Political Science and graduated cum laude in 2014. She is interested in intellectual property and energy law.

MorenoJanet Moreno, J.D. Candidate 2018, is a Staff Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. She was born in Midland, Texas. In May 2015, Janet graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University majoring in Journalism and Political Science. Janet is on the Pro Bono Board of Directors and a member of the Hispanic Law Student Association. She has a strong interest in criminal law and hopes to become a prosecutor.

Perez

Mario G. Perez, Jr., J.D. Candidate 2018, is a Staff Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. Although he was born in Laredo, Texas, he was raised in both Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. He graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University double majoring in History and Political Science. His legal interests include municipal law, administrative law, civil litigation, and immigration law.

Smith

Andrew Caleb Smith, J.D./MBA Candidate 2018, is a Staff Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. Andrew grew up in Provo, Utah and is the proud father of four daughters. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University, majoring in International Relations. He also holds a Master of Education degree from Southern Methodist University. He is the president of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. He is interested in education law and alternative dispute resolution.

Valencia Camilo Valencia, J.D. Candidate 2018, is a Staff Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. Although he was born in Medellin, Colombia. He spent his formative years in Garland, Texas. In May 2015, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Austin College, majoring in Economics and Political Science. He is interested in civil litigation.

VincentJennifer Vincent, J.D. Candidate December 2017, is a Staff Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Administrative Law Journal. She grew up in Flower Mound, Texas and began her college career at Southern Methodist University studying Mechanical Engineering and Fine Arts. Before she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and Rhetoric from the University of North Texas, she worked in the tech support industry. She is president of the Intellectual Property Student Association and has a strong interest in corporate, international, and intellectual property law.

WinkleAllie Winkle, J.D. Candidate 2018, is a Staff Editor for Volume 18 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. She grew up in Coppell, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Sport Management. Allie currently serves as the Vice President of the Organization of Women Law Students and a Longhorn Bar Association member. Her primary legal interest is civil litigation.