Meet Our Executive Board

legal gavel with Declaration of Independence and ConstitutionMeet the JMPLS Executive Board! We are here to make your pre-law experience at UT Dallas educational and enjoyable. Feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have concerning pre-law at UTD. Click on anyone’s name to contact them via email. We are always open to answering your JMPLS-related questions.

Please note that we cannot answer questions regarding your law school admissions process. 

Meet Our Officers

Christina Lanier President


Christina Lanier is a graduate Economics student who has competed with UTD’s Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Mediation teams. She is currently a volunteer with the Fall 17/Spring 18 Moot Court team. Christina is interested in immigration law, which is the focus of her current internship. She teaches group exercise classes through UTD’s University Recreation Department. She is interested in fitness, nature, and dogs. Christina wishes you a warm welcome!

Christina’s LinkedIn



Meerna Dalal Vice-President (Spring 2018), Mock Trial Team Member


Meerna Dalal is a senior International Political Economy major. Her passion for the legal field stems from her growing interest in advocacy, policy reform, and the U.S. judicial system. She is an active competitor on the UT Dallas Mock Trial Team but will be spending the fall of 2017 as a Bill Archer Fellow in Washington D.C. Upon her return, she is excited to assume her position as Vice-President. Meerna wishes you a warm welcome!

Meerna’s LinkedIn


Neha Singh Public Relations, Moot Court Team Member

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Neha is a senior Child Learning and Development major with minors in Creative Writing and Political Science. This summer, she is completing an internship with the Center forAmerican and International Law and as a Student Tour and Admissions Representative (STAR) on campus. She will also start as a Writing Tutor on campus this fall. Neha is a member of the Moot Court team directed by Ms. Anne Dutia. She is most passionate about creating and maintaining a sustainable environment, sexual assault prevention, and family psychology. Neha wishes you a warm welcome!


Najib Gazi Secretary/Treasurer, Mock Trial/Mediation Team Member


Najib is a senior Political Science major Over the summer, he is working downtown as an intern at the law firm, Dean Omar & Branham. He will be starting new roles as the captain of both a Mock Trial and Mediation team. He enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports, such as soccer, football, and basketball. Najib wishes you a warm welcome!

Najib’s LinkedIn


Meet Our Advisor

Dr. Barbara Kirby


Dr. Kirby joined Undergraduate Education as the Pre-Law Advisor on February 5th, 2018. However, she is not new to our campus; Dr. Kirby received her B.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from UT Dallas. Before returning to pursue her Ph.D., Dr. Kirby received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University and practiced law for over two decades.

She also served as the pre-law advisor to UNT and TWU for a cumulative time of over ten years. She brings her expertise as an advisor and professor of paralegal studies to UTD, where she is committed to serving pre-law students’ path to a legal education.

Dr. Kirby will also assume the position of Moot Court Coach in Fall 2018. The position, currently held in the interim by Dr. Douglas Dow, will solidify UTD’s continued presence in the top tier of AMCA teams.

“You don’t have to be a grouchy person in a three-piece suit to still be a member of the legal profession. You can be a happy, friendly person.” ~ Dr. Barbara Kirby

Published on July 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm  Comments Off on Meet Our Executive Board  
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