Student Bar Association


Who’s Who

Student Spotlight
Sal SuasingheName: Saliya Subasinghe
Expected Graduation Date: May 2014
Hometown: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Undergraduate institution and degree: Penn State - BS & MS in Electrical Engineering

 

1. What brought you to UHLC?
Large legal market, low cost of living, highly ranked IP program, and scholarship.

2. What area(s) of law are you interested in working in?
Intellectual Property & Litigation

3. What has been your most meaningful experience or class in law school?
Working as an intern in Judge Miller's chambers has been by far the most meaningful experience in law school.

4. Additional Legal Activities (Clubs, Summer Jobs)
Judicial Intern to Judge Gray H. Miller, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Summer Associate, Baker Botts LLP, Houston, TX


Organization Spotlight
HLOGroup Name: Health Law Organization

Goals/Purpose of organization: For students interested in Health Law to have access to opportunities.

Major Events: In the 2012-2013 year, we will have bike rides and likely will help organize a blood drive with the SBA.

1. What’s the best thing about this organization?
The members. The members of the Health Law Organization are students that have expressed their interest in creating a better world for people. The members by joining have expressed their support to the medical system having structure and laws to protect individuals as well as support the ever growing field that is Health Law.

2. How has this organization left its footprint at UHLC and beyond?
To put it in grandiose terms, the Health Law Organization has saved lives. Each time it has put on a blood drive the turn outs have been great, and well, that saves lives.

3. How does one get involved in this organization?
They contact one of the officers and sign up! HLO is always open for more members, and the members are the ones that make things happen.


Faculty Spotlight
Zack BrayName: DAVID CRUMP
Hometown: HOUSTON TX (GREW UP IN HOUSTON)
Past Experience: SEVERAL YEARS IN LAW FIRMS, LARGE AND SMALL; SEVERAL YEARS WORKING WITH LAW FIRMS, BUT NOT AS A MEMBER OF ANY FIRM; FORMER ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY; FORMER CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER; FORMER PROFESSOR AT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SMU, AND SOUTH TEXAS
Law School: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
Undergraduate Institution: HARVARD COLLEGE

1. Why law? I MAJORED IN CHEMISTRY, BUT IT TURNED OUT I WASN'T GOOD AT IT. I TOOK A LAW COURSE AS AN UNDERGRADUATE AND WAS GOOD AT IT.

2. What is the most fulfilling thing about the legal profession? THE FELLOWSHIP OF OTHER LAWYERS. THEY'RE SMARTER AND MUCH MORE INTERESTING THAN PROFESSORS, EVEN THOUGH SOME PROFESSORS MISTAKENLY BELIEVE THE OPPOSITE.

3. What is one thing your students would find surprising about you? WITH CLOSE FRIENDS, I THINK THE BEST STORIES ARE ABOUT THE CASES WE LOST BADLY OR THAT GOT TOTALLY SCREWED UP. THE PUNCH LINES FOR THESE STORIES IS USUALLY SOME VARIANT OF, "OH! I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THAT CRAZY GOTCHA RULE THAT DESTROYS OUR CASE" (OR, "I DIDN'T KNOW THAT UNFORTUNATE FACT THAT WE JUST DISCOVERED, WHICH WAS SO UNUSAL NOBODY WOULD HAVE ASKED ABOUT IT AND WHICH MY CLIENT DIDN'T TELL ME"). OR, THEY'RE STORIES ABOUT STRANGE RESULTS--SUCH AS THE ONE ABOUT THE GUY I CAREFULLY PREVENTED FROM BEING DEPORTED AFTER HIS ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER, BUT WHO TURNED HIMSELF IN TO IMMIGRATION IMMEDIATELY AFTER HIS RELEASE BECAUSE HE MISSED BEING BACK HOME IN EL SALVADOR AND THIS WAY HE GOT THE TRIP FOR FREE.

4. Your 2¢ to aspiring attorneys: IT'S A HARD WAY TO MAKE A LIVING, UNLESS YOU AVOID THE (MANY) TRAPS THAT IT PRESENTS. THEREFORE, TAKE COURSES THAT WILL HELP YOU TO SOLVE CLIENT PROBLEMS (AS OPPOSED TO COURSES THAT LIMIT THEMSELVES TO CRITIQUING COURT OPINIONS), AND WHEN YOU GET INTO LAW PRACTICE, BE SURE YOU KEEP ENOUGH OF YOURSELF INTACT SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE A LIFE--BECAUSE, ONCE AGAIN, IT'S A HARD WAY TO MAKE A LIVING UNLESS YOU AVOID THE (MANY) TRAPS IT PRESENTS. [MY FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS HAVE HEARD THIS FROM ME, BUT IT BEARS REPEATING AND REPEATING.]

5. Current Projects: (1) FINISHING MY THIRD NOVEL, MURDER IN SUGAR LAND, WITH MY PUBLISHER'S ENCOURAGEMENT, IF I'M LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND THAT HE LIKES THE INITIAL DRAFT PARTS AND KEEPS THE ENCOURAGEMENT UP (ALWAYS A MATTER OF CONCERN, BECAUSE WRITING A NOVEL IS MUCH HARDER THAN LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP--PEOPLE HAVE TO WANT TO READ IT VOLUNTARILY). (2) BECOMING A BETTER BASEBALL PLAYER, BECAUSE AT AGE 68, I SUDDENLY FIND MY ABILITIES SUBJECT TO PHYSICAL FLUCTUATIONS (ALSO A MATTER OF CONCERN). (3) BEING THE BEST FAMILY MEMBER AND FRIEND THAT I CAN BE (THIS IS ACTUALLY NUBER 1, AS MY WIFE WOULD TELL YOU). (4) DEVELOPING IMPROVED AND IMPROVING TEACHING METHODS (E.G., RIGHT NOW THIS SUMMER, PREPARING FOR THE EVIDENCE COURSE, WHICH IS A SUBJECT I KNOW WELL BUT HAVEN'T TAUGHT IN A WHILE, MEANING I NEED TO WORK, ONCE AGAIN, ON HOW TO PRESENT IT AS IF FOR THE FIRST TIME). (5) WRITING THE USUAL AMOUNT OF LAW-SCHOOL-TYPE SCHOLARSHIP. WE JUST TURNED IN A MAJOR REVISION OF OUR CIVIL PROCEDURE CASEBOOK, AND REVISING OTHER CASEBOOKS WILL BE NEXT, AND I ALWAYS HAV E A BUNCH OF ARTICLE IDEAS ON TAP. (BUT THIS KIND OF PROJECT IS NOT AS HARD AS ITEMS 1-4.)