Garrett Mize is a graduate of Houston College of Law and he is currently sitting for the July 2016 Texas Bar Examination. He lives in Houston with his partner and wife, Andrea. At HCL, Garrett was Co-Chair of the Board of Advocates and an Assistant Articles Editor of the South Texas Law Review. His Comment will be published by the Review in May. Garrett received the CALI Awards for Highest Grade in Legal Research & Writing I & II, Opening Statement & Jury Argument, and State & Local Government. Garrett was a varsity mock trial and moot court advocate for HCL and has also served as a brief writer. Garrett participated in the National Animal Law Competitions winning second place in closing argument. He was a Semifinalist in the National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition and Quarterfinalist in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition. He won Second Best Advocate and was a Semifinalist in the Summer Trial Academy Mock Trial Competition. He also won a Top Ten Brief award and was a Quarterfinalist in the Leroy Jeffers Moot Court Competition. He has received numerous scholarships, including the Advocacy Scholarship, the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, the Amicus Achievement Grant for the advancement of LGBTQ equality and the LBJ Civil Rights Award.
Prior to law school, Garrett worked at the Texas Freedom Network as Youth Advocacy Coordinator, managing the organization’s youth civic engagement programs and coordinating outreach department activities. Garrett currently serves on the Board of Directors for Advocates for Youth, a national non-profit based in Washington D.C. which champions efforts that empower young people to make informed, responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 with a major in Government and minor in Religious Studies. He looks forward to practicing law in Texas upon passing the bar.