The Patricia and Paul Yetter Law School Preparation Institute team is a dynamic group of extremely capable people. Our faculty and staff are committed, possess outstanding credentials, and work very hard to help our students achieve their goals. Feel free to contact the LSPI staff and faculty through our main office at 915.747.8866 or our central email.
William G. Weaver, J.D., Ph.D. – Co-Founder, Professor, and Director, LSPI
Bill Weaver served in U.S. Army signals intelligence for eight years in Berlin and Augsburg, Germany. He subsequently received his law degree and Ph.D. in politics from the University of Virginia, where he was on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review. He is presently Director of the Law School Preparation Institute. Professor Weaver teaches the torts session during Phase I of the Institute.
Professor Weaver’s research focuses on executive branch secrecy policy, governmental abuse, and law and bureaucracy. His articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, Political Science Quarterly, Virginia Law Review, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Organization and other journals. He has co-authored several books on law and political theory, including Presidential Secrecy and the Law (with Robert Pallitto) (Johns Hopkins U.P., 2007).
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Brent McCune, M.S., J.D. – Assistant Director
Brent McCune teaches in both phases of the LSPI college summer program, manages LSAT tutoring, serves as the principal prelaw advisor for the LSPI, and conducts data collection and analysis.
Mr. McCune earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Utah. He then obtained a Master of Science degree in economics from the University of Texas at El Paso. Mr. McCune was a James Foundation Scholar and received the 2004 Outstanding Thesis Award for his thesis entitled: Comparative Analysis of Regional Economic Modeling. He then received a law degree, graduating with honors from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.
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Lisa J. Soto, J.D. – Clinical Associate Professor
Professor Soto teaches the legal writing and oral advocacy components of the LSPI in the summer undergraduate program and is responsible for LSPI clinical education, which includes the Children’s Rights Law and Advocacy Course and the EMPOWER Program. She also guides students in the law school application process.
Ms. Soto was born and raised in El Paso. First attending public schools and ultimately graduating from Loretto Academy, she went on to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy with Honors in Education from Stanford University. She then earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was on the editorial board of the Hispanic Law Journal and a summer intern for the Honorable Raul A. Gonzalez of the Texas Supreme Court, the first statewide elected Mexican American. Ms. Soto was an active student recruiter at Stanford and at UT Law, where she served as the minority student recruitment chairperson.
Ms. Soto has practiced employment law since 1997 and is licensed in both Texas and California. She represented school districts, colleges, and governmental entities in California in administrative processes, litigation, and in labor negotiations. In Texas, she has represented employees and small businesses in employment and labor matters. Ms. Soto has also provided employee and board member training regarding topics such as open meeting laws, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, and employee discipline. Ms. Soto continues to practice employment law with a firm based in Austin.
Ms. Soto has presented several continuing legal education seminars to attorneys in California and Texas, and is currently on the Diversity in the Profession Committee for the State Bar of Texas. Ms. Soto is on the Board of Siguiendo Los Pasos de Jesus, a charitable organization that rebuilds homes and sponsors education in Juarez. Her writings have been published in the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, the Hispanic Law Journal, and the California Employment Law Reporter.
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Rachel Serrano, M.A. – Administrative Services Officer
Ms. Serrano makes the LSPI work. She handles everything from student and clerkship applications and appointments to arranging for travel to purchasing the necessities to keeping track of the LSPI budget to researching grant opportunities. She is usually the first point of contact for people communicating with the LSPI. Ms. Serrano received her undergraduate (2010) and graduate (2013) degrees from UTEP.
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Charles Gaunce, J.D., M.L.I.S. – Law Librarian
Charles Gaunce provides legal research instruction to the LSPI and the Law Camp students, with attention to incorporating their research into their writing.
While Mr. Gaunce was born in Columbus, Ohio, he was primarily raised in Williston, North Dakota and received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Geography and Political Science from the University of Minnesota. He then earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Tulsa. After working for many years, he returned to higher education by earning a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Gaunce has practiced law with a number of employers over the years. His first job after law school was with the Silvey Insurance Companies in Tulsa Oklahoma. He then went to work for Judges Fred Daugherty and H. Dale Cook as the sole law clerk for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was then employed by Judge Ralph G. Thompson as a law clerk for the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, a position he occupied for five years. Mr. Gaunce then worked as a litigator for the firm of Stipe, Gossett, Stipe, Harper, Estes, McCune and Parks in Oklahoma City for five years before establishing his own practice as a sole practitioner in Norman, Oklahoma, where he worked for over 11 years handling a variety of cases ranging from divorce to environmental condemnation. He has been employed by the University for over five years as a reference librarian specializing in the maintenance of the legal collection and teaching legal research.
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Lic. Alejandra Hobbs – High School Law Camp Coordinator
Alejandra Hobbs manages the High School Law Camp and coordinates all high school outreach efforts.
Alejandra Hobbs earned a J.D. equivalent (Licenciatura en Derecho) from Universidad Panamericana in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her professional experience related to the legal field in Mexico includes positions with a private law firm, a customs brokerage firm, and the Universidad Panamericana Law School. Ms. Hobbs also worked as a consultant for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington D.C., providing legal advice and support for development of reports regarding environmental regulations at the state level in Mexico. More recently Ms. Hobbs provided consulting services to Delphi automotive in Ciudad Juarez, focusing on corporate acquisitions.
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