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Faculty, Staff and Coaches

Faculty and Staff

The Center is proud to have associated with it leading dispute resolution teachers and scholars. The work of the Center faculty and staff who serve on a regular basis is complemented by others who associate with the center for a variety of independent projects and programs.The following is a list of the Center’s current faculty and staff.

Debra Berman
Debra Berman is the Director of the Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution at South Texas College of Law Houston. Her course load includes Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation Theory & Practice, Representation in Mediation, and the 40-Hour Mediation Training. She has instructed more than 600 students and local attorneys through the Evans Center mediation certification program. In 2012, she established a partnership between the Mediation Clinic and the EEOC regional office. As part of this program, she co-mediates EEOC cases with students in the Mediation Clinic. In addition, she coordinates all of the ADR competition teams that South Texas College of Law Houston sends to tournaments and has personally coached a number of teams to national and international first place wins. She has presented on various dispute resolution topics for the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, State Bar of Texas, Texas Association of Mediators, and the Houston Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution (for which she is currently a board member). She is also active in the ABA Legal Education in Dispute Resolution Committee and the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association where she is a Credentialed Advanced Mediator. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law.

James J. Alfini
James J. Alfini is Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus and serves as a Senior Fellow in the Frank Evans Center. Previously, he was Professor of Law at Northern Illinois University College of Law where he taught Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Mediation, and related courses. Dean Alfini served as Dean of the NIU College of Law from 1991 to 1997. Prior to NIU Dean Alfini was a member of the faculty at Florida State University College of Law where he was Director of Education and Research at the Florida Dispute Resolution Center, a joint program of the FSU College of Law and the Supreme Court of Florida. He was on the original Mediation and Arbitration Rules Committee of the Supreme Court of Florida and chaired the Standards Subcommittee. He has served as the chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Association of American Law Schools and the chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association. He has numerous publications in the fields of dispute resolution and judicial ethics, including two co-authored books published by Lexis Publishing: Judicial Conduct And Ethics and Mediation Theory And Practice.

Catherine Burnett
Catherine Burnett is Associate Dean for Clinical Studies and a Professor at South Texas College of Law Houston. She received a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Texas. After clerking for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, she practiced in Texas both as a prosecutor and defense attorney. She is board certified in criminal law and criminal appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Catherine teaches international, national and state criminal procedure, as well as seminars in contemporary criminal law issues. In her role as Associate Dean, Catherine oversees the law school’s clinical programs and its student pro-bono volunteer program. As a clinician she launched the law school’s first direct representation civil law clinic and has subsequently taught in the Mediation Clinic, HIV and the Law Clinic, Texas Capital Punishment Clinic, Domestic Violence Clinic, and Actual Innocence Clinic. Catherine remains an active instructor in the law school’s numerous academic internships. She has also been active in ADR training nationally and internationally, teaching both law students and practicing members of the bench and bar.

Johnathan Trimble
Johnathan Trimble is the Program Administrator for the Frank Evans Center. Johnathan graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston in 2017 after attending the University of Texas for his undergraduate degree. Johnathan is a certified mediator and was extremely active with the ADR program in law school, having competed in a number of negotiation and mediation competitions. In addition to helping coach all of our ADR teams, Johnathan was the lead coach for the first place team at the 2018 International Law School Mediation Tournament. In his spare time, Johnathan enjoys engaging in political volunteer work.

Roger Greenberg
Roger Greenberg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law Houston where he teaches Arbitration Law and a seminar entitled Trends in ADR & Litigation. Mr. Greenberg is a founding partner with Sponsel, Miller, & Greenberg. His practice focuses primarily on civil litigation, securities disputes, and arbitration. Among other career highlights, Greenberg was a member of the Plaintiff’s lead trial team for the Enron securities class action and has argued in front of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Greenberg is also an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and is a member of the Chartered Institutes of Arbitrators. In 2007, Greenberg was named to the list of Texas Super Lawyers.

Scott Fraser
Scott Fraser teaches the Negotiation course at South Texas College of Law.  Scott graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston in 2014 and is currently an Associate Attorney at McDonald Worley. Prior to joining the firm, Scott was an associate at Potts Law Firm, LLP, where he worked on multi-district litigation product liability suits. In addition to coaching teams for the ABA Negotiation Competition and the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition.
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Norma Trusch
Norma Trusch co-teaches the law school’s Collaborative Law class. The Collaborative Law movement in Texas and internationally has benefited from the dedication and commitment of Houston Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator Norma Trusch. Since the first training of collaborative lawyers in Texas in 2000, Trusch has devoted much of her energy and time to expanding the use of this process of non-adversarial settlement of family law disputes. As President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, she led the group’s expansion from the United States and Canada into Europe and Australia. As director of training for the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, she has contributed to the leadership of Texas into innovative new models of collaborative practice. Trusch was certified as a specialist in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1983 and elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1990. In 2006, Trusch was named to the list of The Best Lawyers in America.

Morgan Gaskin Thomas
Morgan teaches the Negotiation course at South Texas College of Law Houston. Morgan is a Senior Negotiations Manager at Accenture’s Negotiations Center of Excellence.  In her capacity as a negotiation  manager, Morgan serves as lead business negotiator on complex transactions and disputes across all business units and advises and coaches deal teams on negotiation approaches to strategic transactions.  She also conduct workshops for senior executives to help reinforce effective negotiation techniques. Prior to her role in the Negotiation Center of Excellence, Morgan was a Senior Litigation Counsel in Accenture’s Litigation and Dispute Management Team. Morgan is a 2006 graduate of Cornell Law School.

Lori Kern
Lori teaches the Collaborative Law class twice a year to current students and practicing attorneys. Lori has been practicing since 2009 and has been Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2015.  In 2018, and 2019, Lori was selected as a Texas Rising Star in Family Law by Super Lawyers Magazine, and was named a Top Lawyer by Houstonia Magazine in 2018.

ADR Team Coaches

South Texas College of Law Houston is proud to have a dedicated group of alumni who donate their time to coach our award-winning competition teams.

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Sherin Daniel
Sherin Daniel graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston in 2013. After graduation, she was an Assistant District Attorney at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. She now works for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. During law school, Sherin won first place at the 2012 ICC Mediation Competition in Paris and first place mediator at the INADR International Law School Mediation Tournament in 2013. She has been coaching the ICC Mediation team since 2014.
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Rachel Davis
Rachel graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston in 2016. During law school, she was a member of the ABA Client Counseling Competition team and has coached the Client Counseling teams for the last two years. Prior to law school, Rachel was a paralegal for ten years and she now practices family and criminal law.
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Scott Fraser
Scott Fraser graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston in 2014 and is currently an Associate Attorney at McDonald Worley. Prior to joining the firm, Scott was an associate at Potts Law Firm, LLP, where he worked on multi-district litigation product liability suits. In addition to coaching teams for the ABA Negotiation Competition and the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, Scott also serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching Negotiation.
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John Garza
John is currently an associate at Porter Hedges where he focuses on business and commercial litigation. During his time at South Texas College of Law Houston, he was heavily involved in the ADR program and competed in multiple negotiation and mediation tournaments. He now coaches the ABA Negotiation Competition. Prior to law school, John worked as a marketing project manager at the Houston Chronicle.X
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Jayelle Lozoya
Jayelle Lozoya graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston in May 2018. During law school, Jayelle was an active member of various student organizations, journals, and an advocate for the law school’s Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Alternative Dispute Resolution programs. Jayelle was previously an associate at the law firm, Brown Sims where the majority of her work focuses on complex litigation including premises liability, commercial litigation, products liability, and insurance defense.  She now works as an Assistant District Attorney at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. Jayelle currently coaches the St. John’s Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon Competition.

Urvashi Morolia
Urvashi is currently an associate at Thompson Coe where she focuses on personal injury cases. Prior to joining Thompson Coe, Urvi worked as a Prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. During her time at South Texas College of Law Houston, Urvashi competed on numerous ADR competition teams and was the 2016 champion of the St. John’s Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, a competition which she now coaches.  Prior to moving to Houston, Urvi worked with a boutique litigation firm in Mumbai, India. X
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Mildred Scott
Mildred is a Global Real Estate Planning and Transaction Manager at Hewlett Packard and she is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Houston Bauer College of Business. While at South Texas College of Law Houston, Mildred was the 2017 champion of the Abrams National Mediation Competition, a competition which she now coaches. She was also on the winning team of the 2018 Transactional LawMeet Competition.