1L Representative Program

1L Reps will represent their fellow first-year classmates on The Advocates board and get a behind the scene look at advocacy competitions. If you are interested in advocacy or just want to get involved in a more meaningful way, this is for you. 3 Reps will be elected from each full-time section and 2 from the part-time section. 

What is The Advocates? 

The Advocates is the University of Houston Law Center’s student organization devoted to improving students’ oral advocacy presentation skills through competition. Each year The Advocates host intramural Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) competitions to give students at UHLC opportunities to develop and practice invaluable skills used by practicing attorneys.

Why be a 1L Rep?

  • 1L Reps have a full voice on The Advocates Board, including voting rights. 
  • Being a 1L Rep is a rare opportunity to get early leadership experience, which can stand out on a resume.  
  • 1L Reps also get an automatic Associate Board Member position for your 2L year, which can count as course credit!
  • Plus, amazing opportunities to network and make new connections with your fellow students and practicing attorneys in the Houston area. 

Sign-Up Deadline:

The signup period starts now and runs until September 8th. The voting period will be from September 9th through the 12th. All 1Ls will get a vote. 

Link to Sign-Up:

Please use this Google Survey to sign up!


Contact Shelby Velasquez ( with any questions. 


Blakely-Butler Learning Lunch

The Advocates will be hosting a Learning Lunch for the Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 12 PM.
Join us on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 842 7777 0815 Passcode: 000018


Fall Happy Hour

When: Thursday, Sept. 30 from 3-6 PM
Where: Holman Draft Hall Houston

Current members who RSVP will receive drink tickets upon arrival. Not a member? No problem! Come as you are or join Advocates here for drink tickets.  

Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 29th.

Events Tom Newhouse

Learning Lunch 5 PM TODAY

The Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition has expanded! We now have more spots available. Come with your questions today, Tuesday September 21, 2021 at 5 PM on Zoom. Link below

Events Tom Newhouse

Tom Newhouse Mediation Registration

Registration is live!

Head here to sign up.
Still need a partner? Use our Partner Search Form!

Tom Newhouse Competition

Events Tom Newhouse

Tom Newhouse Mediation Learning Lunch

Join us on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 12 PM to learn more about this year’s Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition!

Tom Newhouse Mediation
Events Lorance Thompson News

Lorance Thompson Negotiation Registration

Registration for the 2021 Lorance Thompson Negotiation Competitions is now CLOSED.

Competition Teams

For more information, visit the competition page or email contest director Adrianna Langemeier at

Learning Session Video
In case you missed the learning sessions, a recording of the lunch session is available here:


2021-2022 Board Elections

At this time the Advocates are moving forward with our 2021-2022 Board Elections. As many of you know, the Advocates are the organization responsible for putting on the UHLC’s intramural competitions (Blakely Butler, Lorance Thompson, Hippard Open, etc.). These competitions provide students with the opportunity to gain real experience with different types of advocacy and improve highly relevant legal skills. Serving on the Board means having a hand in making sure that we provide the best experience for our students and judges. Further, being on the Advocates Board is unique in that the Board members earn course credit by serving in their respective roles (2 credits for Executive Board members and Board of Directors, and 1 credit for Associate Board members).

Interested student can apply by filling out this Google Form:

Students will have until Monday, March 8 to fill out the form to indicate their top positions and provide a written statement for each position, which will be shown on the ballot. There will then be a vote to choose our 2021-2022 Board. 

The PDF at the top of this page details each Board position and gives the name and contact information for each person currently holding that position, but for your quick reference, Board positions for 2021-2022 are:

  • Executive Board
    • Executive Chair
    • Vice Chair for Finance
    • Vice Chair for Public Relations
    • Vice Chair for Membership
    • Special Events Chair
    • Fundraising Chair
    • Technology Chair
  • Board of Directors
    • Blakely Butler Moot Court Competition
    • Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition
    • Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition
    • Lorance Thompson Negotiation and Contract Drafting Competition
    • John Black Moot Court Competition
    • Hippard Novice Mock Trial Competition
  • Associate Board Members (15 Positions)

Reasons to run for a Board position:

  • Opportunity to earn 1 or 2 course credits (depending on the position)
  • Looks great on a resume
  • Gives you talking points in interviews
  • Also looks great in an email signature
  • Additional networking opportunities with lawyers in the Houston legal market

For those current 1Ls (or current 2Ls or part-timers) who may be interested in getting involved but are wary of taking on too much, consider our Associate Board positions. Associate Board members table for the organization, distribute flyers, volunteer in various roles during competitions, and mostly provide support to the functions of the organizations rather than be in charge of things. Plus you have the opportunity to earn a course credit, network with judges during competitions, and get the resume boost! 

That said, if you participated in a competition this year that you particularly enjoyed, consider running for a position on our Board of Competition Directors. Your responsibility as a competition director begins and ends with your competition, and you have the support of the Executive Board and Associate Board.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to Chelsea Klumpp at

Events John Black Moot Court News

John Black Registration


For more information, visit the John Black competition page or email contest direct Emma Brockway at erbrockw@Central.UH.EDU.

John Black Moot Court News

John Black Update

Due to the current weather conditions, we are moving the learning session and registration date back a few days. The John Black learning session will now be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 at noon and at 5 PM. Feel free to attend either one as the content will be the same for both. A recording will be put on The Advocates’ YouTube channel afterwards. Registration will open on the 19th. The zoom info for the sessions is below. We look forward to seeing you. Stay safe! 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 876 032 6747
Passcode: JohnBlack