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

Fulkerson Lotz

Nick Brown

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Andrea Cohen

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Omar El-Hawlwagi

East West Bank

Mike Hood

Hirsch & Westheimer

Jessica Levy

Littler Mendelson P.C.

Luke McDowall


Tyler Murray

Beck Redden LLP

Mary Kate Raffetto

Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka

Alex Wolf

Rice Graduate School of Business

Zack Calhoun

Vinson Elkins LLP

Peter Danysh

Vinson & Elkins

Matt Fiorillo

Ernst & Young

Aparna Koneru

Briefing Attorney

Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas

Ryan McBrearty

Littler Mendelson P.C.

Erin McNamara


Eric Pardue

South Texas College of Law

Briana Rogers

Baker Botts LLP

Ben Cohen-Kurzrock

Holland & Knight

Agnes Doyle

Baker Hostetler

Will Geise

Gibbs & Bruns LLP

Katherine Kunz


Karmyn McCloud

Occidental Chemical Corporation

Steven Messer

Gibbs & Bruns LLP

Justin Patrick

Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos

Jordan Warshauer
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