The Center for Children, Law & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center is proud to welcome this year’s Irene Merker Rosenberg Child Advocacy Scholars. The new Scholars come from a wide range of backgrounds and will continue to advance the Center’s mission.
Ashley Pierce is a second year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Houston Baptist University in 2010. While she was in college, she worked with a non-profit organization called Ambassadors for Christ that partnered at-risk youth with college students to serve as positive influences. Ashley has always been passionate about helping children, specifically concerning the way children are treated in the judicial system. She is primarily interested in juvenile delinquency issues.
Jenna Saldaña is a second year student at the University of Houston Law Center. Jenna graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 with a B.A. in Mathematics. She also received her Secondary Teacher Certificate upon graduation through the certification program, UTeach. After graduation, Jenna began teaching Algebra I to freshmen at Del Valle High School and was appointed Algebra I Department Lead her second year of teaching. Currently, she is Treasurer for the Hispanic Law Students Association at UHLC. Jenna recently completed an internship within the Special Education Department at Disability Rights Texas. She is interested in educational law and children’s rights.
Lisa Steffek is a second year student at the University of Houston Law Center. Lisa completed her Bachelors, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy at The University of Texas in Human Development and Family Sciences. As an undergraduate, Lisa worked as a research assistant studying child attachment. Lisa also worked for several years at The Settlement Home, a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed adolescent females. Most of the girls at The Settlement Home had been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services, and Lisa worked with the girls to teach them life-skills and provided psychological treatment to prepare them for adulthood and the transition to foster homes. Lisa also worked for six years in various academic capacities at the University of Texas, including an undergraduate teaching assistant, graduate research assistant, and undergraduate writing consultant. Lisa has presented papers regarding human development at various academic conferences in the states and abroad, and has had her writing published in an international, academic journal.
Shiloh Carter, Alex Hunt, and Cara Johnson are returning Scholars in their third year of law school. They have accumulated a wealth of experience and will provide leadership and direction for the Center this year.
The following second-year law students will join the Center for Children, Law & Policy as interns in Fall 2012 to work on advocacy and public policy issues affecting children.
Allison Arterberry is a second year law student at the University of Houston Law Center. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. She spent part of her summer interning at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office at Safe Harbor, the crimes against children unit. Currently, she is the Secretary for the Aggie Law Society as well as a member of the Career Development Student Advisory Board. Allison is most interested in child victim’s rights in the criminal system.
Ashli’ Braggs is a second year law student at the University of Houston Law Center interested in educational law and policy. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies comprised of course work in jurisprudence, legal history, English, and journalism. She also earned her Secondary Teaching Certificate in English, language arts and reading from the University of Texas at Arlington and has worked with 11th grade English III and 9th grade Reading I students. Ashli’ intern this summer at the Harris County Civil District Court for the Honorable Alexandra Smoots-Hogan.