Alumni Spotlight

Jennifer Chiang ’09

Court internships while at UHLC led to Sugar Land municipal bench

Jennifer Chiang ’09

Jennifer Chiang ’09

March 6, 2015 -- Jennifer Chiang says her court internships while at the Law Center helped prepare her for her new role as an associate municipal court judge for the city of Sugar Land.

Chiang was recently appointed one of four municipal court associate judges to work with Judge Craig Landin. She is empowered to do everything that the presiding judge can do, including signing warrants, taking pleas, presiding over motions and trials, and officiating at weddings.

“One of the benefits of attending a school right in the heart of a vibrant legal market is the opportunity to work at the courts during the school year,” said Chiang. “My internship at the First Court of Appeals and the 269th District Court gave me the chance to learn about courts in a very special way that put me on the path to become an associate judge today.”

Chiang started her own solo practice, but previously worked as a senior associate at Mitchell and Duff LLC. She also worked in the oil and gas industry as a landman.

As a student at the Law Center, Chiang founded the Oil and Gas Society and the student chapter of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Student Club and also participated as a member of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition team and the mock trial team.