Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies

SMU Paralegal Certificate | Meet the Instructors

All SMU Paralegal Certificate instructors are licensed, practicing attorneys selected for both their legal expertise and teaching ability. Because we use adjunct faculty, our instructor roster may change from quarter to quarter. You can always contact us to find out who is teaching a particular module.

Michele Boerder, CP, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified- Civil Trial Law – Specific Areas of Paralegal Practice and Resume Writing/Interview

Michele Boerder is a litigation paralegal with K&L Gates in Dallas, Texas and has 30 years of experience. She has a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of North Texas and an A.A. from the El Centro College Paralegal Program in 1979. She is a Board Certified Paralegal - Civil Trial, Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a Certified Paralegal (“CP” through NALA) as well as a past President of Paralegal Division, State Bar of Texas and a past President of the Dallas Area Paralegal Association.

Michele also has served on the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Committee, the TBLS Paralegal Civil Trial Commission, NFPA's Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam Standards Committee, and Paralegal Today magazine’s editorial review board. She received the Dallas Area Paralegal Association’s Paralegal of the Year Award in 1995, NFPA's Paralegal of the Year award in 2005 and the Dallas Area Paralegal Association Lifetime Achievement award in 2006.

Kristine Horn, J.D. - Introduction to Law and Civil Litigation

Kristine Horn began her civil trial and appellate practice in 1989 with one of the largest law firms in the city. When the firm dissolved in 1995, she moved to another large firm and eventually to a solo practice. Although her practice has emphasized complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts across the country, Kris has handled numerous trials and appeals in torts and products liability, probate litigation, healthcare, white-collar crime, and federal criminal appeals. She has also had extensive experience with securities and other commercial arbitrations and class action litigation.

In 2005, Kris began teaching as a lecturer for the University of Texas at Dallas. She has taught Crime and Civil Liberties, Civil Rights Law, Comparative Justice Systems, White-Collar Crime, and Theories of Justice. In addition to her teaching, in 2006 Kris also began working on criminal and civil appellate matters for the Dallas Court of Appeals.

Kris received her B.L.S. with an emphasis in Business and Government from St. Edwards University in 1986 (1986 Outstanding Graduate) and her J.D. (cum laude) from South Texas College of Law in 1989. She is licensed to practice in Texas state courts, all Texas federal district courts, and the Fifth and Second Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Gene Roberts, J.D. – Legal Research and Writing

Described by the Dallas Morning News as “an experienced business litigator and mediator,” Gene has been practicing law in courts throughout the state of Texas since his graduation from SMU’s Dedman School of Law in 1998.  At SMU, Gene served as an Articles Editor for the SMU Law Review, President of the Student Bar Association, and was voted by his classmates as the outstanding male graduate.  With over a decade of legal experience at a boutique firm, an international law firm, and as the owner of his own practice, Gene is active in the mediation community, currently serving on the board of directors for the Texas Association of Mediators and as secretary of the Dallas Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution section.
With a strong belief in community service, Gene has served as a volunteer coach for moot court teams at SMU’s law school.  He’s also served as a short-term missionary to villages in the Olancho province of Honduras, where he helped build latrines, install chimneys, and poured concrete floors for homes.  At his church, Gene serves as a Sunday School teacher, elder, and currently chairs the Strategic Planning Committee.
Recognized in the legal community as an outstanding attorney, Gene was recognized as a “Rising Star” in business litigation by Law & Politics/Texas Monthly and has a “superb” rating from Avvo.com.  Gene is admitted to practice in all state courts in Texas, the federal courts for the Northern, Eastern, Western, and Southern Districts, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Gene is a graduate of Lamar University (B.S., cum laude, 4.0 in major), the Univeristy of Houston (M.A.), and SMU (J.D.).  Gene received mediation training at the University of Texas’ Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution and at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.