School of Law Board of Barristers Names Executive Committee for 2016-17

The board promotes advocacy with mock trial, moot court and negotiation competitions.

The Texas Tech University School of Law has selected the new executive committee for the Board of Barristers for the 2016-17 school year.

The Board of Barristers is a student organization that promotes advocacy through mock trial, moot court and negotiation competitions. Members of the Board of Barristers are advanced students who have demonstrated outstanding advocacy ability as well as the desire to pass their skills along to fellow law students.

The executive committee is elected by the general board members.

The executive committee members for 2016-17 are:

Randy Lopez (‘17) will serve as the chairman of the 2016-17 Board of Barristers. He is originally from Rio Grande City and graduated cum laude from University of Texas in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in legal studies. While at Texas Tech Law, Lopez serves as a member of the Business and Bankruptcy Law Journal, tutors constitutional law, is a Dean’s Student Ambassador and is on the Student Recruitment Council. Lopez is pursuing a juris doctorate and master’s degree and hopes to practice criminal defense law. Lopez also is a veteran of the United States Navy.

Emilie Blake (’17) will serve as vice chairwoman of judges. Although she was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Blake graduated with honors from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a business minor in 2013. While at Texas Tech Law, she worked for the State of Colorado doing water law litigation and is pursuing a concentration in law, science and technology. She also serves as a member and officer in various student organizations including as a staff editor and comment editor for the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. Blake has competed on two national moot court teams and hopes to practice water law.

Kimberly Elmazi (’17) will serve as vice chairwoman of trial advocacy. A native of Arlington, Kimberly earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies from Southern Methodist University in 2014, graduating with honors. At Texas Tech Law, Elmazi serves as a staff editor for the Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal, senator for the Student Bar Association, and criminal law tutor.  Additionally, Elmazi competed in two national mock trial competitions on behalf of Texas Tech Law, winning a national championship in the spring of 2016. Elmazi hopes to practice criminal defense and immigration law.

Jessica Morrison (’17) will serve as vice chairwoman of appellate advocacy. Morrison was born outside of Pittsburgh but grew up in a small town outside of Austin. She graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech where she majored in French and double minored in Spanish and Arabic. At Texas Tech Law, she works for the Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office for the civil division, serves on the student recruitment committee and has competed on two national moot court teams. Morrison would like to practice in the area of corporate litigation and transactions.

John Easter (’17) will serve as vice chairman of negotiations. Originally from Blue Mound, Illinois, Easter graduated magna cum laude from Millikin University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. At Texas Tech Law, he clerks with a local attorney, is a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal honor society and competed as a member of the American Bar Association national negotiation team. Easter is interested in practicing business litigation and transactions.

Matthew Merriott (’17) will serve as vice chairman of administration. Born in Florida, Merriott is from Lubbock. He graduated from Texas Tech in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. At Texas Tech Law, he clerks with a firm in Lubbock, is a member of the Federalist Society and Phi Delta Phi legal honor society, was a tutor for civil procedure and is pursuing a business law concentration. Merriott is interested in practicing in business, tax and bankruptcy law.


Texas Tech School of Law

The Texas Tech School of Law is a leader among Texas law schools with a 16-year average pass rate of 90 percent on the State Bar Exam.

A small student body, a diverse faculty and a low student-faculty ratio (15.3:1) promotes learning and encourages interaction between students and professors.

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