BBLJ Vol. IV Staff

Editor in Chief

Gebhardt, Alexis

Alexis Gebhardt, J.D. Candidate 2017

Before law school, Alexis Gebhardt attended the University of Texas at Arlington where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in History, in 2010.

While in law school, Alexis interned with the Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 9 with Judge Brent Carr, the Department of Labor-Office of the Solicitor, and the Department of Justice-U.S. Trustees Program.  Currently, Alexis is working in the Low-Income Tax Clinic at Texas Tech and am working as a law clerk in the 99th District Court with Judge William Sowder.  Prior to law school, she worked for CarMax Auto Superstores, Inc., as a manager for almost ten years. After graduation, Alexis seek to work in public interest law, such as with the Office of the Solicitor to the U.S. Trustees Program.


Executive Managing Editor

Ona, Nadine

Nadine Ona
, J.D. Candidate 2017

Nadine Ona received a Bachelors Degree in International Studies in 2010, and completed her dual master’s degree in International Studies and English in 2014.

She has interned for Justice Terry Jennings (First Court of Appeals of Texas) and Judge Marcia Crone (federal district judge).  Aside from being BBLJ’s EME, she is also a Qualified Law Student in the Civil Practice Clinic, tutors Contracts for Professor William Casto, and sits on the editorial board of Texas Bank Lawyer. After graduation, Nadine will join a civil defense firm in Southeast Texas, which she previously clerked for, as an associate attorney.


Executive Articles Editor

Loque, Melinda

Melinda Louque
, J.D. Candidate 2017

Melinda Louque received her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.

She enjoys working in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and labor and employment. She has clerked with Cantey Hanger and Jackson Lewis in Dallas, Texas, as well as with U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin, Texas. Upon graduation, Melinda plans to return to Dallas to work in employment and commercial litigation.


Executive Comment Editor

Lacy, Trenton

Trenton Lacy,
J.D. Candidate 2017

Trenton Lacy is currently a 3L. He received a Bachelors Degree in Government at the University of Texas at Austin.

Trenton has completed internships with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Antonio, TX and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. Upon graduation, he plan to practice employment/labor law in the Central Texas area.


Business Manager

Brooks, Garrett

Garrett Brooks
, J.D. Candidate 2017

Garrett did his undergrad at Texas Tech University, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business with minors in French, German, Spanish, Political Science.

Garrett has worked for: The Beck Group, July – August 2016, Legal Intern; Field, Manning, Stone, Hawthorne & Aycock, P.C.,  May – June 2016, Summer Law Clerk; United States District Court, Western District of Texas, June – August, 2015, Summer Intern for the Honorable Robert Junell. Upon graduating Garrett is interested in going into the JAG Corps or International Law.


Online Editor

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Martha Posey
, J.D. Candidate 2017

Martha Posey did her undergraduate work at Texas A&M University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in 2012 with a focus in Business with minors in Economics and Communications.

During the summers, Martha has interned at a financial institution and a Uranium Enrichment Facility for respective the in-house counsels. Her main area of interest is in corporate transaction work and after graduating Martha would like to work for a large firm to gain the training and skills to one day work as in-house counsel for an international company.


Organizational Chair

Verbarendse, Amme

Amme Verbarendse
, J.D. Candidate 2017

Amme Verbarendse attended the University of Arizona where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in Religious Studies in 2014.

Over the past two summers she interned for Skagit County Superior Court, and a solo practitioner, Jeffery R. Pollock. She plans on returning to Washington state to practice, and she is interested in real estate, estate planning, and business law.


Articles Editors

Ashton, David

David Ashton
, J.D./M.S. Candidate 2017

David Y. Ashton is currently a dual degree student at Texas Tech University. David will graduate in May of 2017 with a Juris Doctor and Master of Engineering Degree. His current focus is on intellectual property prosecution and litigation.

This past summer he worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in a Business Methods-Operations research art unit.  Most recently, David has passed the patent bar. He is currently the Director of Intellectual Property for ULabs Makerspace in Lubbock, Texas and a contractor for Stay Patented, LLC. David got his start in engineering at the University of Arizona where he received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. After graduation David plans to continue his focus on patent prosecution and litigation.


Debnam, Michael

Michael Debnam
, J.D. Candidate 2017

Michael Debnam received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in International Economics from Texas Tech University, and has a minor in Philosophy.

Michael currently works as a student attorney for the Caprock Regional Public Defender’s Clinic. Michael hopes to practice criminal defense after completing law school.


Hassan, Sheetul
Sheetul Hassan, J.D. Candidate Dec. 2016

Sheetul Hassan received her Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2012. She will be graduating Tech Law in December 2016 and is interested in a variety of fields including Intellectual Property and an Associate General Counsel’s office.

During law school, she has interned with the Southern District Court of Texas in Houston and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Currently, she is the full-time legal extern for the General Counsel’s office at the Beck Group in Dallas, Texas. Before entering law school, she worked as a senior consultant helping Fortune 500 corporations bring early-stage innovation ideas from the drawing board to market.


Helsabeck III, David

David Helsabeck III
, J.D. Candidate 2017

David attended West Virginia University in 2010, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Investigations, with minors in Political Science, specializing in Law and Legal Studies.

He has experience in several areas inclduing: Winter Break 2015-2016—Clerk for the Honorable William B. Clark, III, Federal District Magistrate for the District of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey; Summer I-Intern for Law Office of Don R. Stewart, Arlington, Texas; Summer II-Intern for Law Offices of Scott M. Ellison, Corpus Christi, Texas. After graduation, David plans on staying in Texas and would enjoy to practice in criminal law, appellate law, property law, and also oil and gas law.


Wilbur, Brianna

Brianna Krominga
, J.D. Candidate 2017

Brianna Wilbur is from San Diego, CA. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach in 2013.

Between her 1L and 2L summer Brianna clerked for the Honorable R.H. Wallace, Jr. in the 96th District Court of Texas. She was on two National Moot Court competition teams during her 2L year, winning a national championship at one and placing 1st place Best Advocate at the other. Brianna is currently on two other teams and the Texas Tech School of Law Board of Barristers.


Northcut, Nicolas

Nicolas Northcut
, J.D. Candidate 2017

Nick Northcut attended Texas Tech University for his undergraduate work, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in May 2014.

Nick interned at Tark Grunte Sutkiene in Vilnius, Lithuania during the 2015 summer. He plans on getting an LLM in Taxation and practicing in the Tax field.


Petty, Benjamin

Benjamin Petty
, J.D. Candidate Dec. 2016

Ben Petty is a J.D. candidate planning to graduate in December 2016. He has a Master of Music in music theory and a Master of Music in voice from the University of Oklahoma, which were awarded in 2013.

He earned a Bachelor of Music in 2010 from Belmont University. Ben is currently in Dallas completing a full time externship with a Texas District Court.


Scrivner, Sarah


Sarah Scrivner, J.D. Candidate 2017





Wherry, Deontae

Deontae Wherry
, J.D./MBA Candidate 2017






Comment Editors

Brandler, Joseph

Joseph Brandler
, J.D. Candidate 2017

Joseph Brandler is from North Bethesda, Maryland and got his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, from Salisbury University in December of 2013.

Here at Texas Tech, Joseph has worked both as a clerk at Student Legal Services, providing legal aid to students, and as a research assistant to Professor Tracy Pearl. Joseph is interested in probate, landlord/tenant, and real estate law.


Chan, Kenneth

Chan, J.D. Candidate 2017

Kenny Chan attended the University of British Columbia for undergrad, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts.

During the summer Kenny was a Judicial Intern, for King County District, WA.


Lopez, Randy


Randy Lopez, J.D./MBA Candidate 2017

Randy did his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at San Antonio, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2013.

He has worked as an Intern, for Hidalgo County District Attorney’s office and is currently a Student-Attorney, for the Caprock Regional Public Defender’s Office. Randy’s plans on pursuing a career in Criminal Defense.


Rudolf, Moisiuc

Rudy “Rudy” Moisuic,
J.D. Candidate 2017

Rudy attended the University of Houston, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and History in 2014.

He has done a Clerkship with Whittenburg & Strange P.C. of Lubbock, Texas. Currently, Rudy is a Student-Attorney for the Innocence Clinic here in Lubbock, Texas. After graduation, Rudy is interested in pursuing a career in criminal law, post-conviction work, and immigration law.


Staff Editors

Castro, Amber

Amber Castro,
 J.D./PFP Candidate 2018

Amber Castro attended Texas State University as a freshman before transferred to Texas Tech University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in 2013. She majored in political science and minored in legal studies.

Amber worked as a congressional internship for Congressman Beto O’Rourke, a volunteer-internship for Office of Attorney General-Child Support Division, and spent time volunteering at Las American Immigration Center as an immigration rights advocate. Amber spent this past summer pursuing a dual degree in personal financial planning, and in  El Paso where she had the opportunity of meeting and observing several impactful figures in the legal community. Amber hopes to begin her career as either a defense attorney or prosecutor, in order to work her way up to the federal courts, but has a strong desire to be involved in criminal law.


Davis, John

John M. Davis,
 J.D. Candidate 2018

John Davis attended the University of Texas at Austin for his undergrad work, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Health Promotion, and a minor in Government in May 2012.

His primary area of interest is in Real Estate Law.


Dunn, Dillon

Dillon Dunn,
 J.D. Candidate 2018

Dillon Dunn attended Texas Tech University, Rawls College of Business for his undergraduate work, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management in 2013.

He works with Judge Parker Lubbock County Court at Law #3 as a Law Clerk. Dillon’s practice areas of interest include Family Law, Employment, and Real Estate


Gomez, Michael

Michael Gomez,
 J.D. Candidate 2018

Michael Gomez received a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Texas Tech University.

Over the summer he interned at the 11th District Court of Appeals for Texas. After graduation Michael would like to work for a big firm in a major city in Texas.


Haley, Marshall

Marshall W. Haley,
 J.D. Candidate 2018

Marshall Haley attended Texas A&M for his undergraduate work, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, in 2014.

Between undergraduate and law school, Marshall worked as a volunteer coordinator for Support for International Change, an NGO that provides free HIV testing and education in Northern Tanzania. During the Summer of 2016, Marshall worked as a legal intern for both the First and Fourteenth Texas Courts of Appeals in Houston, Texas.


McKee, Ryan

Ryan McKee,
 J.D./MBA Candidate 2018

Ryan McKee is a dual MBA/JD student who also completed his undergraduate at Texas Tech. In addition to being staff editor, Ryan competes in the advance Board or Barristers competitions. While in undergrad, Ryan competed in the Texas Tech Office of Research and Commercialization’s Kinetic startup program where his team won the demo day presentation, assessing an IP license for market potential.

Ryan is interested in many practice areas including, commercial, bankruptcy, and medical malpractice litigation.


Okonkwo, Uzochukwu

Uzochukwu Okonkwo,
J.D. Candidate 2018

Uzochukwu Okonkwo graduated from Texas Tech University in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology.

Currently, he work as an Appellate Law Clerk in the Lubbock County D.A.’s office. After graduating, Uzochukwu would like to go into criminal law or corporate law.


Ordonez, Nicole

Nicole Ordonez,
 J.D. Candidate 2018

Nicole graduated with her Bachelors in Political Science from Baylor University in May of 2015. She was on the Pre-Law track and is now attending Texas Tech School of Law. She is expected to graduate Spring 2018 with her Juris Doctorate.

Nichole was hired on as an intern for Republic Title of Texas during the summer of 2015. In the summer of 2016 she interned at the 470th Judicial District Court of Mckinney Texas for Judge Emily Miskel.


Pennetti, Alexander

Alexander Pennetti,
 J.D. Candidate 2018

Alexander did his undergraduate work at the University of Central Missouri, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2015.

He has in the US Air Force from 2009-2015; he worked as a Law Clerk for Scherr Legate, PLLC in the Summer of 2016. Currently Alexander is a Law Clerk at United States Attorney’s office, N.D. Texas. After graduating Alexander would like to practice civil litigation, tax and commercial real estate.


Rodriguez, Joseph

Joseph Rodriguez,
 J.D./PFP Candidate 2018

Joseph Rodriguez graduated from Texas A&M in 2013 with a degree in Agricultural Economics.

Post graduation he worked on in NYC for an investment bank, and spent time as a landman in West Texas.  He is now attending Texas Tech School of Law and Texas Tech University and is expected to graduate in May 2018 with a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in Personal Financial Planning. In the summer of 2016 he externed for Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas in Lubbock.


Saadi, Alexander

Alexander Saadi,
J.D./MBA Candidate 2018

Alexander Saadi received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Trinity University, class of 2014.

He was an Intern at Brock & Brock, P.C.  over the Summers. After graduation, Alexander would like to go into the business area of law, either as a transactional attorney or as in-house counsel for a corporation. His dream job is to become an agent.

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Alexander Weatherbie, J.D. Candidate 2018

Alex Weatherbie started his career as a chemist. While earning his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at SMU—awarded in May of 2013—he worked in the laboratory of Dr. John D. Buynak, where he aided in highly exploratory antibiotic research. Mr. Weatherbie is published in the prestigious Tetrahedron Letters journal, in the field of heterocyclic synthesis.

Upon entering Texas Tech University School of Law, Mr. Weatherbie quickly established himself as a top student—earning the Top Grade Award in Torts, and the Distinguishment Award in Contracts. No stranger to complexity, his academic focus lies primarily with complex legal issues involving the intersection of intellectual property, business, and bankruptcy law. He hopes to pursue a career as a patent lawyer.

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