The HUDL Young Professionals Council (YPC) offers young professionals the opportunity to give back to the community through rewarding and engaging volunteer activities, while expanding their networks to include an accomplished group of legal and business professionals in the Houston community. The YPC supports HUDL’s mission of advancing debate in Houston-area schools by raising scholarship money for HUDL students and recruiting volunteers for HUDL events. The group hosts several social events throughout the year, including its annual spring silent auction and fall cornhole tournament. Its members also regularly volunteer to mentor students, judge debate tournaments, and speak at HUDL events such as the Summer Debate Institute.


Want to get involved?

To learn more about the YPC, contact one of its co-chairs, Steven Messer or Erin McNamara. For more information about serving as a volunteer judge at a HUDL debate tournament, contact Jordan Warshauer at

meet the ypc

Nick Brown

Fulkerson Lotz

Andrea Cohen

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Omar El-Hawlwagi

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Mike Hood

East West Bank

Jessica Levy

Hirsch & Westheimer

Luke McDowall

Littler Mendelson P.C.

Tyler Murray


Mary Kate Raffetto

Beck Redden LLP

Alex Wolf

Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka

Zack Calhoun

Rice Graduate School of Business

Peter Danysh

Vinson Elkins LLP

Matt Fiorillo

Vinson & Elkins

Aparna Koneru

Ernst & Young

Ryan McBrearty

Briefing Attorney

Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas

Erin McNamara

Littler Mendelson P.C.

Eric Pardue


Briana Rogers

South Texas College of Law

Ben Cohen-Kurzrock

Baker Botts LLP

Agnes Doyle

Holland & Knight

Will Geise

Baker Hostetler

Katherine Kunz

Gibbs & Bruns LLP

Karmyn McCloud


Steven Messer

Occidental Chemical Corporation

Justin Patrick

Gibbs & Bruns LLP

Jordan Warshauer

Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos

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