SLMS Staff

Gene Roberts, JD
Attorney | Mediator | Director

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Education

  • 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
    • Dispute Resolution Center (Austin, Texas)

Philosophy

Gene Roberts is an Associate Dean and the Director of Student Legal & Mediation Services. He has over 20 years of experience as counsel representing clients in litigated cases. Gene’s philosophy—as a private attorney and 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 is married with one son.

Leadership and Awards

  • Gene was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers—Rising Stars Edition in the area of business litigation
  • Avvo.com rates his legal background as “superb"
  • Fellow Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best-trained attorneys in Texas
  • 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”
  • Past-Chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2012) after serving as its Secretary for three years.
  • Recipient, Dallas Bar Association's "Special Section Award" (2012)
  • Past member of the Board of Directors, President-elect, and President of the Dallas Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Past member of the Board of Directors, Conference Co-Chair, and Past President of the Texas Association of Mediators
  • Past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, and course director for its Advanced ADR courses in 2016 and 2017
  • Past Vice-President of the Walker County Bar Association
  • Past Vice-President of the University Student Legal Services Association-Western Region, and course director for its continuing legal education courses in 2018 and 2019

Service 

  • Gene served his church as an Elder, Sunday School teacher, and chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County
  • Chair of the Student Health Insurance Committee
  • Chair of the Lowman Student Center Director Search Committee
  • Member of the Orange Keys Selection Committee
  • Member of the Division of Student Affairs Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals Committee
  • "Bearkat Spirit Award" from the Vice President for Student Affairs at SHSU (2015)
  • Sammy Award (2020) (the official university ceremony that recognizes SHSU's outstanding student leaders and organizations)
  • He served on mission teams throughout Texas, Louisiana, and in the Agalta Valley of central Honduras

Lindsey Lunceford | Administrative Associate

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Lindsey joined SLMS after a career with a private health company. A graduate of East Central University and a member of its collegiate golf team, Lindsey's experience and leadership help the office with budgeting, scheduling, supervision, and marketing. "I love being a part of the SLMS team and being able to serve students in a way that is unique to most college campuses. I hope to be able to make a small impact on them during their time at SHSU." In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends & family, and most importantly, raising her daughter. 


Alicia Barnes | Student Assistant

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Alicia is from McAllen, Texas, and is pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, with an emphasis on Victim's Studies and a minor in English. Alicia is also a Resident Advisor on campus, as she believes the experience will be an integral part of her plans to become a Social Worker/Victim Service Manager. She hopes to earn a Masters Degree in Criminology or Social Work at the University of Texas in San Antonio or here at Sam Houston State University upon graduation, and eventually earn a Doctorate.

"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”- Dumbledore


Caitlyn Hall | Student Assistant

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Caitlyn is from North Richland Hills, Texas, and is pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a double minor in forensic science and psychology. After graduating, she hopes to work in crime scene investigation for the FBI or pursue a graduate degree.

“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”-Maya Angelou


Tyler Gilbreath | Student Assistant

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Tyler is from McKinney, Texas, and is pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Forensic Chemistry with a minor in Biology and Criminal Justice. After graduating, he hopes to work in a Forensic Firearms unit in a crime lab one day. 

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." -Robin Williams


Kayla Baxter |  Student Assistant

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Kayla is from Spring, Texas, and is pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Nursing. After graduating, she hopes to work in Labor & Delivery, and eventually the Neonatal unit. 

"If you're happy doing what you're doing, then nobody can tell you you're not successful."-Harry Styles


Journey Peacock | Student Assistant

Journey is from San Antonio, Texas, and is pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Integrated Studies with a minor in Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship. After graduating, she hopes to work in event planning for a large corporation. 

"Every day may not be good...but there's something good in every day."-Alice Morse Earle 

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