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.

Orlando GrayOrlando Gray
Administrative Assistant I
It matters not how straight the gate, 
How charged with punishment the scroll, 
I am the master of my fate; 
I am the captain of my soul. 

—William Ernest Henley

Orlando is from Dallas, Texas. He graduated in May 2014, with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology from Sam Houston State University. Starting is Spring 2016, he will begin working on his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.  He aspires to one day become a principal for an alternative school and start a mentoring program for disadvantaged young men growing up without male role models or father figures.


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, Finance, and Banking and Financial Institutions. She is a junior right now and plans on pursuing a Masters in Accounting, and then working for a CPA/accounting firm after graduation. In her career she would one day like to be the financial advisor for an Education Resource Center, and later 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.

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