OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEK:
Sondock Jurist-in-Residence Lecture with Judge Jenny Rivera
TODAY, Monday, September 18, 2017 | 4:30 – 5:30 pm | Room 109 BLB
Students are invited to attend the first lecture in the 2017-2018 Sondock Jurist-in-Residence program. The Jurist-in-Residence program is designed to bring jurists to the Law Center to connect with students personally and provide a lecture on subjects of interest and importance to the greater Houston legal community. The lecture will be presented by Judge Jenny Rivera of the New York State Court of Appeals. Judge Rivera will deliver the lecture “New York State Court of Appeals Recent Cases: From Admissibility of DNA Evidence to Discriminatory Peremptory Challenges Based on Colorism.” For more information and to register, click HERE.
UHLC Upper Level Mentoring Program
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
3L students can sign up now for the UHLC Upper Level Mentoring Program to be paired with attorneys serving as mentors to help students transition from law student to lawyer. 2L and 3L part-time law students can sign up now for the Part-Time Partners Program to be paired with alumni of the UHLC part-time program who “partner” with the CDO to help provide guidance and tools for part-time law students. To the extent possible, students are matched with an attorney based on practice area of interest and law firm/organization preference. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, September 20, so act now! For more information and to sign up, click HERE.
Mentors and mentees are invited to network at the Mentoring Kick-Off Event on Wednesday, September 27, at 5:00 pm, in the UHLC Hendricks Heritage Room. At the Kickoff, mentors and mentees will get to meet other alumni, students, and other local attorneys before mentor/mentee matches are announced. Attendees will also be entered to win UHLC gifts and apparel through door prizes and activities. Light refreshments will be served. However, attendance at the Kick-Off is not mandatory for participation in the program.
Hurricane Aftermath: Beware of Scams
Available Resources from the Federal Trade Commission
Following natural disasters, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) frequently sees increased charity and contractor frauds. The FTC offers a number of consumer education pieces relating to both. Stay alert and check out their weather emergency webpage HERE.
Houston Association of Women Attorneys Clothing Drive
Donations Accepted at Fullenweider Wilhite, 4265 San Felipe St., Ste. 1400
The Houston Association of Women Attorneys (AWA) is asking for professional attire to help the Harvey Hurricane victims who have lost so much get back to work. The AWA is collecting professional attire donations (professional clothing, shoes, and hand bags) at Fullenweider Wilhite’s office: 4265 San Felipe Street, Ste. 1400 (14th Floor) during business hours 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. (For after hour drop-offs, or any other questions, please e-mail at: email@example.com). Please know that your donations will go to someone in need, and please share the website with women who have a need, know of others who may have a need, and those who would like to donate professional attire. For more information, visit www.helpprofessionalwomen.com .
Equal Justice Works Fellowships - Application Information for Rising 3Ls
Application Period: June 28 - September 27, 2017
The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program partners talented lawyers wanting to pursue public interest legal careers with host organizations and sponsors to support projects that serve underrepresented populations across the country. The two-year, postgraduate fellowships allow attorneys passionate about public interest law to develop and implement new legal projects that impact thousands of lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. Fellows receive a competitive salary and generous loan repayment assistance, a national training and leadership development program and additional support during their tenure. Applications and supporting paperwork are due to Equal Justice Works by Friday, September 27, 2017. For more information, including an application guide, sponsor preferences, and an application overview webinar, click HERE.
Tips & Tricks for Achieving Your Scholastic Goals
Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 12:00 - 12:50 pm | Room 109 BLB
The University of Houston Law Alumni Association Committee on Diversity and Inclusion cordially invites students to “Tips & Tricks for Achieving Your Scholastic Goals” on Thursday, September 28. Learn tips and tricks for surviving and thriving in your first year of law school from alumni who have been in your shoes. Resources and strategies will be discussed to put your best foot forward as you begin your journey as a lawyer. Panelists include Fermeen Fazal ’00, UniversalPegasus; Victor Wright ’98, KBR Inc.; and Razwana Fazil ’14, Adams and Reese LLP. Lunch provided for the first 50 students to RSVP through the Events tab in Symplicity.
Texas Attorney General Fellowships
Application Deadline: Sunday, October 1, 2017
The Office of Attorney General of Texas is accepting applications for three paid law fellowships, including two newly named in honor of Gregory S. Coleman, the first solicitor general of Texas. The application deadline is October 1, for one-year fellowships that begin in the fall of 2018.
Fellows will work in the Austin offices of the solicitor general or in civil litigation. The Coleman fellows will work closely with lawyers in representing Texas’ interests before state or federal appellate courts. Duties will include drafting briefs, preparing oral arguments and helping on legal cases involving state agencies. The civil litigation fellow will coordinate legal activities, research and draft legal documents, and assist the agency’s attorneys in representing the state’s interest in litigation, among other duties.
To be eligible for a fellowship, candidates must be rising 3Ls or graduates of accredited law schools and have excellent academic records. The typical candidate comes to the fellowship immediately after graduating from law school or after the completion of a judicial clerkship.
Fellowship applications must include a cover letter, resume, and law school transcript. Those selected for an interview will be asked to provide a writing sample and to complete an official state of Texas job application. For more information and to apply for the Coleman Fellowships, click HERE. For more information and to apply for the civil litigation fellowship, click HERE.
Bertha Justice Fellowship with Center for Constitutional Rights
Application Deadline: Monday, October 9, 2017
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has been on the front lines of the fight for social justice for 50 years, fighting for civil and human rights though creative use of litigation and advocacy. In 2012, CCR launched the Bertha Justice Fellowship to deepen their work training the next generation of “people’s lawyers.” The Bertha Justice Fellowship is a two-year program for emerging lawyers (0-2 years out of law school) who are interested in gaining both practical experience working on CCR cases and a theoretical understanding of how legal advocacy can create social change. CCR will host four Bertha Fellows, starting in September 2018. This position requires a two-year commitment from September 2018 to September 2020. The Bertha Fellows will be assigned to work alongside lawyers in one of three docket areas: (1) Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative; (2) Government Misconduct/Racial Justice; and (3) International Human Rights. There may also be opportunities to do work that straddles different dockets. In addition to gaining legal experience, Bertha Fellows will have opportunities to (1) attend regional and international meetings, (2) network with lawyers from around the world, and (3) receive additional mentoring and non-traditional training such as leadership, media and advocacy, activism, and movement building. The deadline to apply is October 9. For more information and to apply, click HERE.
Internships with EEOC Office of Legal Counsel
Application Deadline for Spring 2018: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Application Deadline for Summer 2018: November 15 (2Ls), January 15 (1Ls)
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Office of Legal Counsel, located at EEOC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., is akin to an in-house counsel. It is composed of five divisions, including the Title VII/ADEA/EPA Division, ADA/GINA Policy Division, Coordination Division, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program, and Advice & External Litigation Division. The Office of Legal Counsel Internship Program accepts current law students who possess strong legal research, analysis and writing skills. Interns will perform legal research and assist in drafting policy and will also have the opportunity to attend Commission meetings where employment discrimination guidance is discussed. They also may have opportunities to attend forums covering various employment discrimination topics, as well as coordination meetings with other federal agencies. Internships are unpaid volunteer positions, but the Office of Legal Counsel can help students with applications for external stipends or academic credit.
Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate's background, including a demonstrated commitment to public service, interest in civil rights issues, academic achievement, leadership, journal or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of the Commission. The Fall and Spring OLC Internship Programs require a commitment of at least 15 hours per week over the course of the semester. The deadline to apply for Spring 2018 is October 15; the deadline for summer 2018 is November 15 for 2Ls, and January 15 for 1Ls. For more information and to apply, click HERE.
Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
October 27 & 28, 2017 | Washington, D.C.
Registration Deadline for Table Talk and Workshops Only: Friday, October 27, 2017
The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country. More than 165 public interest employers conduct interviews for internships and full-time jobs and meet with students in informal “table talk” discussions of public interest legal opportunities. Over 1,200 students from nearly 150 law schools attend for interviews, workshops on public interest careers, networking, resume review, mock interviews, and more.
Students and recent graduates must register to interview, participate in table talk, or attend conference sessions at the Conference & Career Fair. Registration to attend the table talk and conference sessions is open through the day of the event, but applications for prescheduled interviews must be submitted by September 13. (Please note that due to NALP guidelines, 1L students are not eligible to interview with employers during the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. However, 1L students may informally talk to employers during the Table Talk on Friday and Saturday.) For more information and to register, click HERE. If you plan to attend or have questions about the Conference and Career Fair, please contact Bill Powers in the CDO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clinical Ethics Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: Monday, November 13, 2017
The Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston Methodist Hospital System Biomedical Ethics Program are seeking applicants for a full-time clinical ethics fellowship. This competitive fellowship offers the opportunity to train with nationally renowned faculty and staff who lead several, premier Clinical Ethics Consultation Services at adult, pediatric, private, and public hospital systems in the Texas Medical Center. Applications for this two-year fellowship will be considered from professionals with a post-graduate degree in bioethics, medicine, nursing, religious studies, law, and other related fields. This fellowship offers a competitive stipend, excellent benefits, and opportunities for continued professional development. Upon completion of this fellowship, fellows will have the skills, training, and experience to make them competitive for positions in clinical ethics and academic bioethics. The position will start in July 2018. The application deadline is Monday, November 13, 2017. For more information and to apply, click HERE.
These jobs, along with more information and application instructions, can be found under the "Jobs" tab in Symplicity.
15580 - Fall Semester Law Clerk, Mize PC (Houston, TX)
15585 - Law Clerk, Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP (Houston, TX)
15573 - 2018 Pathways Summer Legal Internship, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (Washington, DC)
15577 - Legal Intern, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Washington, DC)
15567 - Law Clerk/Attorney, The Singhal Law Firm (Houston, TX)
15538 - Apprentice Law Clerk, Bennett Law Firm (Houston, TX)
15566 - Law Clerk, Law Office of Manuel E Solis (Houston, TX)
15544 - Apprentice Law Clerk, Richard E. Sympson Attorney at Law (Houston, TX)
15546 - Law Clerk, Drew Willey Law (Houston, TX)
15537 - Law Clerk/Assistant, Haynes Law, PLLC (Houston, TX)
15539 - Apprentice Law Clerk, Harvey & Associates PLLC (Houston, TX)
15529 - Summer 2018 Litigation Program Clerkship, Animal Legal Defense Fund (Cotati, CA)
15533 - Volunteer Legal Internships, U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division (Washington, DC)
15506 - Summer 2018 Law Student Internship, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (New York, NY)
15468 - Honors Attorney for 2018, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (Atlanta, GA)
15460 - Louis D. Brandeis Honors Attorney Program, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Washington, D.C.)
15444 - Externship in Health Law, American Health Lawyers Association (Washington, DC)
15421 - Internship/Fellowship, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas (Houston, TX)