SLMS Staff

Gene Roberts, JD, EdD
Attorney | Mediator | Director

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Education

  • BS (cum laude) Lamar University
  • MA University of Houston
  • JD Southern Methodist University (Articles Editor, SMU Law Review; President of the Student Bar Association; Outstanding Male Graduate)
  • EdD Sam Houston State University (Higher Education Leadership)
  • 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." Lindsey is also a member of the 2022-2023 Staff Senate, and Elevate Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends & family, and most importantly, raising her daughter. 


Kayla |  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


Ellen |  Student Assistant

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Ellen is from Mont Belvieu, Texas, and is pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in communication studies. After graduating she hopes to obtain her Master's degree before obtaining her Cognitive Behavioral Therapy certification and specializing in providing therapy for young adults (ages 14-24) who struggle with anxiety, depression and OCD. 

"Life, it goes on, what can you do?" - Post Malone


Melissa | Student Assistant

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Melissa is from Kaufman, Texas, and is pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. She plans to become a criminal investigator or pursue a graduate degree in intelligence analysis. 

“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one."-J.D. Salinger


Tyler | 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


Daniela | Student Assistant

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Daniela is from Rowlett, Texas, and is pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Spanish with a minor in legal studies. After graduating, she hopes to obtain her MBA and go to law school. She hopes to become a criminal prosecutor.

"The decisions of our past are the architects of our present."- Dan Brown, Inferno


Journey | Student Assistant

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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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