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, Amy Geise or Steven Messer. For more information about serving as a volunteer judge at a HUDL debate tournament, contact Jordan Warshauer at

meet the ypc

South Texas College of Law

Briana Rogers

Thompson Coe LLP

Erin McNamara

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Andrea Cohen

Rice Graduate School of Business

Zack Calhoun

Baker Hostetler

Will Geise

Vinson Elkins LLP

Peter Danysh

Hirsch & Westheimer

Jessica Levy


Karmyn McCloud

East West Bank

Mike Hood

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Lynn Abell

Holland & Knight

Agnes Doyle

Baker Hostetler

Casey Holder

Ernst & Young

Aparna Koneru

Locke Lord LLP

Kelline Linton


Tyler Murray

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Omar El-Hawlwagi

Fulkerson Lotz

Nick Brown

Bentham IMF

Amy Geise

Baker Botts LLP

Ben Cohen-Kurzrock

Gibbs & Bruns LLP

Katherine Kunz

Briefing Attorney

Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas

Ryan McBrearty
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