Gene RobertsGene Roberts

B.S. (cum laude) Lamar University

M.A. University of Houston

J.D. Southern Methodist University (Articles Editor, SMU Law Review; President of the Student Bar Association; Outstanding Male Graduate)

Mediation Training: University of Texas School of Law, Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution; Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Gene Roberts is the Director of the Office of Student Legal & Mediation Services. He has over 15 years’ experience as counsel representing clients in litigated cases. Gene’s philosophy—as a private attorney and now as the full-time Director of SLMS—is to help individuals understand their rights and responsibilities, comprehend the complexities of the legal system, and develop a proactive and productive strategy for the situation they face.

Gene was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers—Rising Stars Edition in the area of business litigation and rates his legal background as “superb.” Gene is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas. He is authorized to practice law in all Texas state courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas.

The Association of Attorney Mediators identified Gene as a “New Master of Mediation.” Gene is the Immediate Past-Chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2012) after serving as its Secretary for three years. During his time as chair, the DBA Board of Directors recognized Gene with the Special Section Award. Gene served the Dallas Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution as a member of its Board of Directors, President-elect and President. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of Mediators, Co-Chair of the 2013 Annual Conference and is its Immediate Past President. He is also a Council Member of the State Bar of Texas’ Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the past-Vice President for the Walker County Bar Association.

Gene served his church as an Elder, Sunday School teacher, and chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. He served on mission teams throughout Texas, Louisiana, and in the Agalta Valley of central Honduras. Gene is married with one son.

Gene actively serves the SHSU community, including serving as Chair of the Student Health Insurance Committee and Chair of the Lowman Student Center Director Search Committee. He's also served as a member of the Orange Keys Selection Committee and the Division of Student Services Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals Committee. In 2015, Gene received the prestigious "Bearkat Spirit Award" from the Vice President for Student Services at SHSU.

Samantha WardSamantha Snow Ward

B.S. Central Methodist University in Missouri

J.D. University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in Columbia, Missouri

Samantha Ward is serving as an attorney in the Student Legal and Mediation Services office. She also has her own private practice with Ward & Associates, PC, and has been a professor since 2000. Samantha is also involved in organizations including the Huntsville Junior Service League, the United Methodist Women, and is currently serving as the Walker County Bar Association Secretary. Other facts about Samantha include that she is fluent in Spanish, has lived in Ireland and Spain, and has one son. 

Jessica EditedJessica Lundstrom
Administrative Assistant

“The less you respond to negativity, the more peaceful your life becomes.” –Unknown

Jessica is from Edna, Texas. She graduated with a Mass Communication Print Journalism Degree in 2012 from Sam Houston State University.  She worked for a local law firm for four years before returning back to SHSU. She looks forward to having the opportunity to help students and reconnect with her Alma Mater.


Margaret Mitschke
Student Assistant

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Margaret is from Trinity, Texas. She is majoring in Accounting with a minor in Finance. She will graduate with her Bachelor's degree in December, and continue attending SHSU to pursue a Masters in Accounting.  In her career she would one day like to work in an Education Service Center, or in the administration office of a school district. She hopes to one day own her own accounting firm, or become a professor of accounting.


Alexa Grigsby
Student Assistant

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” -Gautama Buddha

Alexa is an international student from the Philippines. She is currently majoring in Political Science with a minor in History, and wants to join the Peace Corps when she graduates. She aspires to one day join the U.S. Foreign Service and work overseas.

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Kaily Santos
Student Assistant

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Kaily is from Huntsville, TX. She is currently a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Art degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. In her career she would like to become a law enforcement officer after her graduation, to one day be a homicide detective, and later become a Federal Agent for the FBI Behavior Analysis Unit.


Cheyenne Moore
Student Assistant

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Friedrich Nietzsche 

Cheyenne is from Richardson, TX. She is currently a Senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Sociology. She hopes to attend graduate school in order to attain a Ph. D. in English and creative writing. She aspires to become a professor or work in the field of publishing.

Student Legal & Mediation Services Staff
Lowman Student Center,
Room 330