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Government and Public Interest Table Talk (GPITT)

Sponsored by:
The Career Development Office

Krost Hall
February 14, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Government and Public Interest Table Talk (GPITT) gives students the opportunity to meet with public interest employers and discuss internship opportunities for the upcoming summer or academic year. During the event, local non-profit organizations and government agencies come to campus and set up booths in the Law Center Commons and share information on their organization and its hiring needs. Remember to dress professionally and bring copies of your resume!

Also, look out for the GPITT Informational Session where you will learn what to expect, how to approach employers, and how to receive funds or academic credit for a public interest placement. The Informational Session will take place during Public Interest Law Week, February 10-13, 2014.

List of 2014 Participating Organizations:

 

Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence

Organization description: Whether a woman needs counseling or legal services, she will find help to overcome the violence in her life with the help of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. Our program for Victim Advocacy provides women with all the steps they need to safely escape, get help, and take legal action. Legal services include protective orders, emergency injunctions, restraining orders, divorce, custody, and child support.          

Positions considered: Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L           

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume                                                              

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Maisha Colter

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Air Alliance Houston *Please note that Air Alliance will not be attending the Table Talk, but will be accepting applications via email.

Organization Description: Air Alliance Houston wants clean air so our economy, quality of life, and children can thrive.Our mission is to reduce air pollution in the Houston region and protect public health and environmental integrity through research, education, and advocacy. We are the Houston region’s leading environmental health and air quality nonprofit.

Air Alliance Houston was formed more than twenty-five years ago as GHASP, the Galveston-Houston association for Smog Prevention. Now we are bigger and better than ever. We are strong advocates for Houston's environmental justice communities. Our educational programs, including Ozone Theater and Air Pollution Solutions, reach 5,000 students every year. We also host Earth Day Houston, Houston's premier celebration of our planet at Discovery Green.

Our office is located in East Downtown Houston. We’re always looking for motivated individuals who want to help us reduce air pollution and protect our health.

Description of activities for students: Students can often tailor activities with Air Alliance Houston to their own interests or experiences. Typical work includes legal research into permitting or enforcement actions, topical research in current issue areas, and case law or statutory research on current issues. Interns are also encouraged to attend public outreach events, community meetings, and other activities and events in which Air Alliance Houston regularly participates.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume

Other comments: Air Alliance Houston regrets not being able to attend the 2014 Public Interest Table Talk. We encourage interested students to learn more about us at airalliancehouston.org, get in touch, and consider a position at Air Alliance Houston.

Contact information:
Adrian Shelley
2409 Commerce Street, Ste A, Houston, TX 77003
adrian@airalliancehouston.org
713-528-3779

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Anti-Defamation League

For more information about the Marvin Nathan Fellowship with the Anti-Defamation League, go to:
http://www.law.uh.edu/pil/NathanFellowship.asp.

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Bayou Land Conservancy

Organization description: Bayou Land Conservancy is a community-sponsored land preservation organization working with willing landowners to permanently protect land in the greater Houston region. We preserve river and bayou corridors, other properties with significant wildlife habitat value and places where family recreation can occur in harmony with nature. Our "No Child Left Inside" education program connects tomorrow's conservation leaders with nature today. Bayou Land Conservancy is proud to have conserved close to 8,500 acres in the greater Houston region.

Description of activities for students: Work on sand and gravel legislation for Texas, go on field trips with some of the best flora/fauna specialists in the Houston region, learn conservation easements and how to look up easements that affect land conservation.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Minimum hours: 15

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, FLLM

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume

Prefer applications to be submitted: Before the event, but will also accept applications at the event.

Contact information:
Jennifer Lorenz
10330 Lake Rd. Bldg. J Houston, TX 77070
info@bayouland.org
281-576-1634

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Boat People SOS

Organization description: The Legal Services Center advocates for and assists in the filing of several immigration forms, including family immigrant petitions, work authorization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, permanent resident, or U.S. naturalization/citizenship applications. The Community Against Domestic Violence (CADV) Program provides direct services, including case management and legal representation in family and immigration matters, to immigrant victims of domestic violence. The CADV team also conducts outreach and education to the community and local service providers. Victims of Exploitation and Trafficking Assistance (VETA) Program provides direct services including legal representation to immigrant victims of human trafficking. The VETA team also conducts outreach to the community, service providers and law enforcement to increase awareness of human trafficking and victim identification.

Description of activities for students: Summer Legal Interns will assist the staff attorney and legal service manager with family and immigration cases. This will include conducting intake with potential clients, drafting motions, researching law, and attending court hearings.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L                           

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Khanh Pham
11360 Bellaire Blvd Ste 910, Houston, TX 77072
khanh.pham@bpsos.org
(281)530-6888

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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance

Organization description: St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance is dedicated to providing high quality, low-cost and pro bono legal services to immigrants and refugees who would otherwise not be able to obtain legal representation. Center activities include outreach, legal assessment and counseling, representation as well as advocacy.  The Cabrini Center is the largest non-profit immigration legal service provider in Houston accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals to represent individuals in immigration legal matters. 

Description of activities for students: Interns provide legal assistance to low-income and vulnerable immigrants in the Houston area, including applications for relief for victims of crime, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, and for immigrants seeking to apply for permanent residency and citizenship, including refugees.  They gain experience and training in all areas of immigration law practiced by the Cabrini Center by performing client intakes and legal research, and serving as a legal clerk.  Focus can be directed based on the intersection of the intern’s particular interests and the needs of the Cabrini Center. 

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L                           

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample

Other requirements: Fluency in Spanish is helpful, and the intern should be culturally competent and able to interact effectively with clients of exceedingly diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. Full summers preferred.

Prefer applications to be submitted: Before or at the event

Contact information:
Julie Pasch
2900 Louisiana St., Houston, TX 77006
jpasch@catholiccharities.org
713-874-6568

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Center for U.S. and Mexican Law

Organization description: The Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston is the first research center in any U.S. law school devoted to the independent, critical study of Mexican law and legal aspects of U.S. – Mexico relations.

Description of activities for students: The Center for U.S. and Mexican Law assists law students to arrange unpaid summer internships in Mexico City. Currently, there is a limited number of internships with Pemex, the Mexican Foreign Ministry (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de México, SRE) and México’s Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH).

Please Note:

* These internships are available to University of Houston Law students who have completed at least one (1) full year of study in the J.D. Program, OR who have completed at least 12 units of study in the LL.M. Program.

* The internships require that the student have a minimum level of Spanish fluency. If selected, you will be working with Mexican lawyers in both Spanish and English, and while perfect fluency is not required you must be able to communicate in Spanish.

For more information on these internships and application instructions, please contact Brisa Gossett or visit: http://www.law.uh.edu/mexican-law/summer-internship/how-to-participate.asp. The deadline to apply is February 19, 2014.

Contact information:
Brisa Gossett
UHLC, TU2 201K
bgossett@uh.edu
713.743.0474

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Child Advocates

Organization description: Child Advocates, Inc. mobilizes court appointed advocates to break the vicious cycle of child abuse.  We speak up for abused children who are lost in the system and guide them into safe environments where they can thrive.

Description of activities for students: Attend an orientation at Child Advocates to learn more about becoming a court appointed advocate or young professional for children member. Dates for orientations can be found on our website: www.childadvocates.org

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                             

Provide: Resume, Cover Letter                                                                             

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event   

Contact information:                   
Stacy Senko
2401 Portsmouth, Suite 210, Houston, Texas 77098
recruitment@childadvocates.org
713-529-1396

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Children at Risk *Please note that Children at Risk will not be attending the Table Talk, but will be accepting applications via email.

Organization description: CHILDREN AT RISK is an active think-tank dedicated to improving the quality of life of Texas' children through strategic research, public policy analysis, community education, and collaboration. We are the leading source of accurate information on the needs of all children in the Texas, as well as an advocate and catalyst for policy change.

Description of activities for students: Internships for our legal center will provide a rich, professional, personal, and intellectual opportunity for students who have completed their first year of law school. This internship is for students attracted to public interest law. Specifically, CHILDREN AT RISK focuses on five main issues affecting the whole child, including education, juvenile justice, human trafficking, parenting, and health.

Interns will be responsible for: Assisting in the drafting of legislation as well as research related to policies to be implemented in the next legislative session. Collaborating with other non-profit organizations, public officials and community stakeholders to advocate for children's rights. Coordinating and providing input on the implementation of future programs hosted by CHILDREN AT RISK: including continuing legal education programs, summer fellowship opportunities, education reform conferences, and policy briefings. Assisting in research to obtain data for some of the Quality of Life Indicators that serve as the foundation of the biennial Growing Up in Houston publication.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample, Transcript (unofficial accepted)

Other requirements: All candidates should have completed their first year and be polished, with good written and oral communication skills. Candidates should have a strong work ethic, positive attitude and work well individually as well as in a team oriented environment. It is equally important that the candidate believe that education and advocacy on children's issues are essential for societal improvement. A sense of humor is also a strong plus.

Prefer applications to be submitted: Before the event

Contact information:
Todd Latiolais
2900 Weslayan, Suite 400, Houston, TX 77056
tlatiolais@childrenatrisk.org
713-869-7740

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Children's Assessment Center

Organization description: The mission of The CAC is to provide a professional, compassionate and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children and their families and to serve as an advocate for all children in our community.

Description of activities for students:

Court Curriculum: The intern will have ample opportunity to work directly with the Harris County Attorney on Children’s Protective Services cases, including custody cases, temporary conservatorship, and cases involving the termination of parental rights.  The intern will have opportunities to help prepare cases for hearings and trials and go to court to observe.

CAC Political Curriculum:  The legal intern at The CAC will be solely responsible for:

Developing (or supporting the development of) and tracking legislation pertinent to The CAC, possibly in conjunction with The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas.

Continuing to build relationships with legislators from Houston, especially those with key positions on committees that will conduct hearings on CAC’s legislation.

Maintaining close contact with The CAC of Texas and Advocacy Centers around Texas that are working on common legislation.

Working directly with The CAC’s Executive/Assistant Director throughout the process for feedback and information (i.e. regarding policy decisions or political maneuvering within both the Harris County government or The CAC of Texas.

Researching legislation on the Internet (Texas Legislature Online) that impacts children’s health and welfare, child victims of abuse, perpetrators, adjudication of child abuse cases in the judicial system, or funding for Advocacy Centers, etc.

Contacting the legislators sponsoring the legislation and the organizations responsible for submitting the legislation to determine if The CAC should advocate for or against it.

Discussing such research with the Assistant Director or Executive Director before expending an inordinate amount of time on the legislation.

Scheduling meeting dates and times with Harris County legislators throughout the session to be attended by key board members and volunteers, in conjunction with intern and Executive Director or Assistant Director.

Working directly with key senators or representatives aides regarding key committee hearing dates and coordinating efforts to travel to Austin with the Executive Director or Assistant Director for these meetings.

Prepare all supporting documents, fact sheets, charts and spreadsheets pertaining to The CAC’s legislation in packets for legislators and volunteers interested in advocating for The CAC’s legislative agenda.

Reporting the status of such meetings and The CAC’s legislation to the Foundation Board members and Advocacy Committee

QualificationsThe Children’s Assessment Center requires a semi-seasoned law student (2nd semester of 1st year or more), who has keen analytical ability and experience reading and interpreting code law (i.e. the Texas penal or family code).   The intern must be self-motivating, inquisitive, and able to prioritize numerous tasks and responsibilities.  Prior experience or knowledge of the child welfare system, including laws that govern the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) children’s protection division, the judicial system, and other pertinent areas are a plus.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Minimum hours: 20

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L

Provide: Resume, Transcript, Writing Sample

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Karen Kennard
2500 Bolsover, Houston, TX 77005
karen.kennard@cac.hctx.net
713-986-3530

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City of Houston Legal Department *Please note that City of Houston will not be attending the Table Talk, but will accept applications via email.

Organization description: The Legal Department is headed by the City Attorney, David M. Feldman. The City of Houston Legal Department strives to provide the highest quality municipal legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees in the most efficient manner feasible through adherence to the following guiding principles:

Quality & Service - Achieving high customer satisfaction as judged by our clients,
Partnership & Teamwork - Working cooperatively internally and with our clients to achieve the City’s goals,
Integrity & Candor - Acting with a commitment to honesty and ethical behavior,
Dignity & Diversity - Demonstrating esteem for the worth of each individual,
Innovation & Imagination - Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the City’s objectives.

Description of activities for students: Interns perform a variety of duties including but not limited to: Research and analyze laws, rules of procedure and evidence, and ordinances; Assist in the preparation of trials and legal documents, i.e. ordinances, resolutions, legal opinions, and contracts; Review previous cases to become familiar with established precedent and use as examples in subsequent similar cases

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, FLLM    

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample

Other comments: Email is the preferable method to submit inquiries

Contact information:
Roosevelt Wright
City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby St., Suite 300, Houston, TX 77002
Roosevelt.Wright@houstontx.gov
832-393-6327

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City of Missouri City, City Attorney's Office

Organization description: The City Attorney's Office provides legal counsel to the City of Missouri City, a home-rule municipality located in the Houston area.

Description of activities for students: Students will have the opportunity to do the following: draft municipal ordinances and resolutions, prepare legal briefs and memoranda, draft contracts and conduct contract review, draft criminal complaints, observe municipal court proceedings, and assist the chief prosecutor with case development. Students who are eligible for and obtain a temporary trial card will also have the opportunity to try cases in municipal court.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Will accept: All students

Provide: Resume

Prefer applications to be submitted: Resumes are accepted for review at any time

Contact information:
Caroline Kelley
1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, TX 77489
ckelley@missouricitytx.gov
281-403-8658

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City of Pearland Legal Department

Organization description: The City Attorneys are appointed by City Council and represent the City in all legal matters and provide legal advice to the Mayor, City Councilmembers, and City administrative staff. The Legal Department is responsible for drafting the legislation upon which City Council votes in setting the policies of the city, attending City Council and other city board meetings to advise city officials and representatives regarding legal matters, selecting and managing outside counsel to represent the city in specialized litigation and other legal proceedings, prosecuting misdemeanors in the city's Municipal Court of Record, and advising and assisting every department of the City regarding legal issues associated with contracts, real estate transactions, personnel, economic development, engineering and public works issues, emergency services, and finance.

Description of activities for students: Interns work primarily in the Municipal Court assisting in all aspects of Class C Misdemeanor prosecution. If an intern is eligible to receive a law student bar card, he or she may even participate in trying cases in bench or jury trial.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L                           

Provide: Resume                                              

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Katie Leininger
Assistant City Attorney

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City of Sugar Land

Organization description: The City of Sugar Land is a full-service municipality providing the highest quality of affordable services to meet the needs of its citizens. Master-planned communities and welcoming neighborhoods enhance home values and create a sense of belonging. The community offers outstanding schools, libraries, civic organizations and other resources that make Sugar Land a great place to work, live and raise a family.

Description of activities for students: The City Attorney/Prosecutor Intern will have the opportunity to conduct legal research and draft simple documents on a variety of topics with a municipal law focus. This may include contract law, municipal court, police processes, construction contracts for public works and open government.  Additionally, the City Attorney/Prosecutor Intern will have an opportunity to attend municipal court proceedings, review and make recommendations to the prosecutor regarding plea bargains, and assist in the preparation of court documents.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer   

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L                                                       

Provide: Resume

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Meredith Riede
Assistant City Attorney                             

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Dallas County Public Defender *Please note that the Dallas County Public Defender will not be attending the Table Talk, but will be accepting applications via email.

Organization description: The Dallas County Public Defender's Office is the largest indigent defense orgnaization in the State of Texas. We provide quality representation to the indigent citizens of Dallas County charge with Class B offenses and higher. We also provide services in the area of mental health, family law, juvenile law, child protective services, appellate law, and captial defense.

Description of activities for students: Students who intern, extern, or clerk with the Dallas County Public Defender's Office will have a practical, hands on experience. They will be involved in intake, client interviews, trial preparation, and legal research, as well as, other areas involved in litigation and litigation preparation.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L                           

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, Writing Sample, References (3-5), and Internship Application

Other requirements: Please provide a list of three to five references.  Those references may be personal, professional, or academic.                                           

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event       

Contact information:
Paul J. Blocker
First Assistant Public Defender
133 N. Riverfront Blvd., LB2, Dallas, Texas 75207
pjblocker@dallascounty.org
214-653-3557

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Disability Rights Texas

Organization description: Disability Rights Texas is a non-profit, disability rights firm. We protect and advocate for the legal and human rights of Texans with disabilities. You can access additional information about the specific services we provide at our website: www.disabilityrightstx.org.

Description of activities for students: Student interns will be able to work cases with attorneys including having client contact, research, preparing demand letters and drafting legal documents including briefs, motions,complaints, discovery and other court pleadings. Interns will be able to shadow attorneys and even have some limited participation in administrative hearings, mediation, court, etc.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer (full summers preferred).

Minimum hours: 8

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide: Resume, Writing Sample

Prefer applications to be submitted: Before the event

Contact information:
Lucia Romano Ostrom
1500 McGowen #100 Houston, Texas 77004
713-974-7691

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Organization description: The Houston District Office (HDO) investigates about 6000 charges annually, alleging employment discrimination because of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), national origin, religion, age (40 and older) and disability (in private and federal sector), retaliation because of protected activity and gender-based wage violations. The HDO Legal Unit, with offices in Houston and New Orleans, consists of 16 staff members including ten attorneys. Jim Sacher, Regional Attorney, is the head of the Legal Unit and Rose Adewale-Mendes and Rudy Sustaita are supervisory trial attorneys. HDO attorneys litigate cases in the federal courts of Southeastern Texas and Louisiana and provide legal advice to HDO investigators during the investigation of charges.

Description of activities for students: The HDO (unpaid) Legal Internship program has been engaged in nurturing law students for over 15 years at its Houston location. Our program provides practical lawyering skills and experience working in a federal field office. Assignments are designed to allow each student to develop and practice counseling and investigative skills. Each students works under the close supervision of one of our attorneys and will likely assist with pretrial discovery and attend depositions. Assignments are supplemented with training videotapes on negotiation skills and trial advocacy skills and with selected reading materials. We seek to expose each student to resources to facilitate developing generic skills the student will use throughout his/her career.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Minimum hours: Fall and Spring interns are expected to work the number of hours required by his/her academic course. Summer interns are expected to work six (6), forty (40) hour weeks.

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide: Resume, Transcript, Writing Sample

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information: For general information about the EEOC see www.eeoc.gov.

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Fe y Justicia Worker Center/Workplace Justice Program

Organization description: Founded in 2006, Fe y Justicia Worker Center’s mission as a safe space for low-wage workers to learn about their workplace rights and to organize to improve working conditions on the job. We build the collective power of low-wage workers in Houston in order to ensure a community in which all work is respected and all workers have a right to a healthy and sustainable job. FJWC provides volunteer and internship opportunities for the benefit of participants in order that they might gain skills, experience, and training.

Description of activities for students: Fe y Justicia Worker Center seeks a highly motivated self-directed Workplace Justice Intern to support the Workplace Justice Program. The organization’s Workplace Justice Program assists low-wage workers across multiple industries in resolving their cases of workplace abuse. Common cases include wage theft, injury (personal injury and workers’ compensation), safety and health violations, discrimination and other issues including labor trafficking and labor-related immigration issues.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, FLLM    

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume       

Other Requirements: Must be bilingual - English/ Spanish. Demonstrated commitment to economic and social justice.                                        

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event                              

Contact information:
Laura Perez-Boston
1805 W. Alabama St, 2nd Fl, Houston, TX 77098
lperez-boston@houstonworkers.org
713-862-8222

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Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas

Organization description: The Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Texas has offices in Houston, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, McAllen, and Laredo, and has fifty-nine attorneys working as Assistant Federal Public Defenders and fifteen investigators throughout the district.  Our office was created pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, in 1974. We are appointed by the United States District Court to represent individuals who have been charged with federal crimes and who are not reasonably able to afford counsel. We represent our clients in the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and in the United States Supreme Court. Our cases run the gamut of federal offenses and include such offenses as drug, immigration, and financial crimes, to name a few.

Description of activities for students:  Law student interns typically have played an integral role in assisting our trial and appellate lawyers with their cases. Interns work closely with, and under the auspices of, our lawyers and normally undertake some or all of the following tasks: (1) researching trial, evidentiary, and appellate issues; (2) reviewing and summarizing discovery; (3) preparing legal and factual memoranda for appellate and trial attorneys; (4) assisting attorneys in trial preparation prior to and at trial; (5) interviewing witnesses or clients with attorneys or with investigators; and (6) assisting attorneys in preparing motions for the trial court, briefs for the Fifth Circuit, and cert. petitions for the Supreme Court. We also give each intern an orientation on federal criminal law and provide written materials so that he or she can become more knowledgeable about federal criminal law and practice. In addition, we encourage our interns to attend trials and hearings daily so that they can experience how lawyers, judges, clients, and witnesses think, act, and respond in the courtroom.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Minimum hours: 20

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide: Resume, Transcript, Writing Sample

Other requirements: The address label should include the phrase "Application for Internship." In the cover letter, the subject shoudl indicate the specific timing and type of postion the candidate is seeking. For example - Re: Application for Internship (Summer, Full-time, Fellowship) or (Fall, Part-time, Academic Credit).

Prefer applications to be submitted: Either at or after the event

Contact information:
Dora N. Madrigal
Administrative Assistant, Office of the Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas
440 Louisiana, Suite 1350, Houston, TX  77002-1669
713-718-4600
713-718-4610

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Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office

Organization description: District Attorney's Office with jurisdiction over misdemeanor and felony criminal prosecution.

Description of activities for students:Assisting with prosecution of criminal cases.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, FLLM

Provide: Resume, Separate Application

Other requirements: Will also conduct a criminal background check on all applicants and will not accept applicants with a positive criminal history

Prefer applications to be submitted: Application forms will be availalbe at the event.

Contact information:
Wesley Wittig
Assistant District Attorney
301 Jackson Street, Richmond, TX  77469
wesley.wittig@co.fort-bend.tx.us
281-341-4431

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Sherry Robinson
Assistant District Attorney
srobinso@co.fort-bend.tx.us
281-341-4470

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Galveston Bay Foundation

Organization description: The Galveston Bay Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1987. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of Galveston Bay and its tributaries for present users and for posterity. It has four major program areas: advocacy, conservation, education, and research.

In its advocacy role, GBF reviews and monitors projects proposed for around Galveston Bay. When necessary, GBF will participate in litigation aimed to stop or amend a proposed project. It also reviews and potentially comments on all proposed wetland permits for the Galveston region on a monthly basis. Under conservation, GBF works on both small scale and large scale wetlands restoration projects around Galveston Bay. It has preserved, protected, or enhanced over 3,000 acres of wetlands in the Galveston Bay region. Its education programs have both a classroom and an outdoor component and are geared for both students and adults. And finally, its research programs are geared towards ensuring the restoration work it does is successful in the long run.

Description of activities for students: (1) Assisting in any ongoing litigation as necessary; (2) Researching and writing on a variety of issues related to the work of the foundation. Most of the issues will directly involve environmental questions, but others may relate to the operation of a small non-profit business (i.e. employment questions or insurance questions); and (3) Supporting the work of the wetlands permit review committee.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Minimum hours: 10

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, LLM

Provide: Resume

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Bob Stokes
17330 Hwy. 3, Webster, TX 77598
bstokes@galvbay.org
281-332-3381 x211

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Galveston County District Attorney's Office

Organization description: The Galveston County Criminal District Attorney's Office represents the State of Texas in all criminal cases that arise anywhere in Galveston County. The only exceptions are low grade misdemeanors filed in Municipal Courts. Local Police Departments and the Sheriff's Department are the agencies that routinely investigate reports of criminal conduct. Criminal cases are then filed in Justice of the Peace Courts, County Courts at Law and District Courts in Galveston County. Once a case has been filed, prosecutors from the District Attorney's Office appear in these courts to represent the State of Texas and the victim of the crime.

Description of activities for students: Student's are assigned to be supervised by senior prosecutors and then expected to recieve an over view of all divisions within the office.  If the intern has a third year bar card, there may be a chance to take pleas, represent the state in pre-trial motions, hearings and trials with the assistance of the supervising attorney.  Typical intern assignments include: observing all division operations including CPS, Juvenile, Justice Court, and Misdemeanor and Felony dockets and trials.  Additionally our interns do legal research, case preparation, court observation, attending in-house training, and witness interviews.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L                           

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript      

Other requirements: All interns must have a background check due to the sensitivity of our work.  The intern applicant must supply us with a date of birth.                      

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event              

Contact information:
Donna Cameron
600 59th Street, Suite 1001, Galveston, TX 77551
donna.cameron@co.galveston.tx.us
409-766-2355

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Harris County Attorney's Office

Organization description: The Harris County Attorney's Office represents the County, its departments, elected and appointed officials, and employees in all civil matters that involve county business. Our office also represents the Harris County Hospital District, the Harris County Flood Control District, the Harris County Appraisal Review Board, and the Greater 911 Emergency Network, which are separate legal entities.

The County Attorney also represents the State of Texas in mental health commitments and children's protective services cases and assists Harris County in administration of the guardianship program, which cares for elderly and disabled individuals who are unable to care for themselves.

The office provides a full spectrum of legal services such as state and federal civil litigation, drafting and negotiating contracts, conducting condemnation proceedings, issuing County Attorney Opinions, collecting monies owed to Harris County, and preparing documents for bond issues. The office is organized into the following practice areas:

Compliance Division
Environmental and Infrastructure Division
Public Law Division
Hospital District Division
Litigation Division
Protective Division

Description of activities for students: As a law clerk at the HCAO, you will be an integral member of our team. You can expect to have an exciting and rewarding clerkship while learning about the law, relationships between the bench and the bar, about the high standards of ethics to which lawyers are held and about your role in the dynamic world of the law. Your dedication and effort will make your time spent here one of the most memorable and worthwhile experiences in your legal career.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide: Resume, Writing Sample

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Demetrice Collier
1019 Congress, 15th Floor, Houston, TX 77002
demetrice.collier@cao.hctx.net
713-274-5108

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Harris County District Attorney's Office

Organization description: The Harris County District Attorney's office is responsible for prosecuting all criminal offenses that occur within Harris County.

Description of activities for students:
Interns are assigned to work directly with experienced trial attorneys and help the attorneys with a wide range of duties that prosecutors perform. These include: (1) victim and witness interviews and documentation of these in the prosecution file; (2) assistance with formal plea procedures; (3) trial preparation; (4) research and writing; and (4) assistance with jury selection and jury trials. Interns routinely accompany prosecutors to court to observe and help with court dockets, hearings, and trials. Fore more information see http://www.harriscountyda.com.

Positions considered:
Fall, Spring, Summer

Will accept:
Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide:
Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, Seperate Application (application form can be found at the website listed above). Copy of driver's license is also required.

Other comments:
We will not be interviewing or collecting materials at this event, merely providing information to the students about the opportunities at the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Students may submit their documentation before or after this event by emailing it directly to internships@dao.hctx.net.

Contact information:
Jessica Macklin Milligan
Assistant District Attorney

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Harris County Public Defender's Office

Organization description: The PDO is a team of lawyers, investigators, psychosocial workers, and staff — all working together to help indigent citizens accused of crimes in Harris County. We have four attorney divisions: Felony Trial, Appellate, Juvenile, and Misdemeanor Mental Health. We strive to provide a strong, holistic defense to achieve the best result in every case, as well as to understand the needs of our clients beyond their criminal charges. We also work with the private defense bar and community leaders to advocate for progressive policy development and to attain the fair administration of justice.

Description of activities for students: The PDO offers a competitive internship program for a limited number of bright and compassionate law students to work at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, assisting attorneys in court each morning and working on research, writing, and investigations in the afternoons. We strive to instill an advanced understanding of criminal defense and a compassion for citizens accused. As a PDO intern, you will have the unique opportunity to engage in one of the most exciting and meaningful practices of law.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, FLLM    

Provide: Submit applications according to the instructions online at: http://harriscountypublicdefender.org/about/internships

Contact information:
internapplications@pdo.hctx.net   

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Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program *Please note that HVLP will not be attending the Table Talk, but will accept applications via email.

Organization description: Non-profit legal services organization.

Description of activities for students: Unpaid internships allowing students positive interaction with staff attorneys, clients and administrative staff members. All interns participate in legal clinics, interview applicants and assist with case management activities.

Positions considered: Spring, Summer

Minimum hours: 20

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, FLLM

Provide: Resume

Contact information:
Marisa Flores
712 Main Street, Suite 2700, Houston, TX 77002
Marisa.Flores@hvlp.org
713-275-0140

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Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel (Small Business/Self-Employed and Large Business & International Divisions)

Organization description: The Office of Chief Counsel advises the IRS on the interpretation, administration and enforcement of the Internal Revenue laws, as well as all other legal matters, and represents the Internal Revenue Service in the Tax Court. The Office also provides legal guidance and interpretative advice to the the Treasury Department and to taxpayers.

Description of activities for students: Internships, externships and career positions are offered, though specific availablity varies from year to year and office to office.

Positions considered: Law Student Volunteers (Fall, Spring or Summer), Interns (compensated, Summer only), Career Hires through our Honors Program

Will accept: Rising 2Ls (Summer) with prior relevant employment experience or related undergraduate education, 2Ls, 3Ls and LLMs

Provide: Resume, Transcript, Writing Sample.

Prefer applications to be submitted: For volunteer positions, at the event. Intern and career placement applicants need to complete application materials online at http://jobs.irs.gov/office-chief-counsel.html.

Other requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen and pass security screening.

Contact information:
Gordon P. Sanz
8701 S. Gessner, Suite 710, Houston, TX, 77074
Gordon.P.Sanz@irscounsel.treas.gov
281-721-7372

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Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)

Organization description: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a national non-profit organization that helps provide pro bono legal counsel to refugee and immigrant children who come to the U.S. without a parent or legal guardian. KIND was founded by the Microsoft Corporation and actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie to help protect the rights of children in immigration proceedings.  KIND’s Houston office is looking for legal interns to assist us in providing pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children within the immigration system. 

Description of activities for students: Assist KIND Supervising Attorney, KIND Staff Attorney, and KIND pro bono attorneys with case research and applications to be filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Houston Immigration Court, or state civil/family court, including drafting briefs, memos, affidavits, or other materials as needed. Assist at intake interviews with clients, including interpreting telephone calls and translating documents for pro bono attorneys. Conduct follow-up interviews and phone calls with clients, adult sponsors, and other agencies. Contact adult sponsors, social workers, government agencies, and relatives or other agencies from the child’s home country to prepare case files. Assist with obtaining case status updates from pro bono attorneys, technical legal assistance, and assist with trainings at law firms, including developing mentoring and training materials and/or presentations.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, LLM       

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample

Other requirements: Fluent or advanced in the Spanish language required. Able to use your own laptop during the internship.

Prefer applications to be submitted: Either before or at the event 

Contact information:
Jenny Regueiro
712 Main St., Suite 2700, Houston, Texas 77002
jregueiro@supportkind.org
713-228-0734

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Lone Star College System, Office of the General Counsel

Organization description: The Office of General Counsel strives to provide timely and responsible legal advice regarding the expansive array of legal issues that face a thriving, modern, public community college system, such as Lone Star College. Our office addresses existing and potential legal matters in order to help the System continue to be the premier institution of higher education.

Positions considered: Spring, Summer

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Other comments: Application instructions will be given during the event

Contact information:
Amy Harper

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Lone Star Legal Aid

Organization description: Lone Star Legal Aid is the fourth largest service provider of free legal aid in the United States, serving 72 counties in Texas and 4 counties in Arkansas. We handle cases in the following areas: family law, public education, juvenile issues, healthcare, public benefits, welfare and income assistance, housing for renters (includes subsidized and non-subsidized housing), housing for homeowners (includes foreclosure issues), consumer law, bankruptcy, income taxes, probate, title disputes, neighborhood problems, civil rights abuses, discrimination against the disabled and the elderly, veterans’ issues, human trafficking, and certain immigration issues.

Description of activities for students: We are hiring UNPAID interns/volunteers and WORK STUDY interns/volunteers. LSLA has 13 offices, including offices in Houston, Angleton, Conroe, and Galveston. We are happy to assist applicants with obtaining school credit and fellowships.  Interns/volunteers gain real-world experience representing clients in court, administrative hearings, negotiations, and other legal matters.  Responsibilities include interviewing clients, maintaining positive client relations, arranging for and conducting outreach events and community education, legal research, drafting legal pleadings and title/probate documents, negotiating settlement agreements with adverse parties, shadowing attorneys at court hearings and trials, and, if interested, representing clients in eviction cases, debt collection cases, or administrative proceedings. Interns/volunteers who are licensed to practice law or who have student trial cards can represent clients in family law cases, probate cases, housing cases including foreclosures, and consumer cases.

Minimum hours: 12

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, LLM

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume

Other requirements: Please indicate your preferred branch office. Options include Angleton, Beaumont, Belton, Bryan, Conroe, Galveston, Houston, Longview, Nacogdoches, Paris, Texarkana, Tyler, and Waco. Please indicate your ONE or TWO legal area(s) of interest. Options include family law, children's rights issues, education issues, probate law, disaster relief issues, landlord/tenant issues, foreclosure defense, title disputes, bankruptcy law, debt collection issues, consumer disputes, Social Security disability claims, health care claims, food stamps issues, disputes concerning public benefits, income tax issues, and other general issues affecting low-income Texans.  Law journal, moot court, mock trial, and/or clinic experience is preferred but not required.  The successful applicant MUST be able to work in a fast-paced, high-stress environment.  A dedication to public interest work or community service is required and should be reflected on the applicant's resume. Language skills, especially Spanish and Vietnamese, are a plus.  Preference is given to applicants who are willing to intern/volunteer in the non-Houston offices. All applicants should seek funding from grants/fellowships, school credit, or work study. Full summers are preferred.

Prefer applications to be submitted: Eiether before or at the event

Contact information:
Elizabeth Lockett
Lone Star Legal Aid, 1415 Fannin St., 2nd Floor, Houston, Texas 77002
elockett@lonestarlegal.org
713-652-0077 x1293

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Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund *Please note that MALDEF will not be attending the Table Talk, but will be accepting applications via email.

Organization description: Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. It promotes social change in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access. Unique to MALDEF is an approach that combines advocacy, educational outreach, and litigation strategies.

Landmark Cases

MALDEF has achieved significant legal victories with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Plyler v. Doe. In that case, the Court struck down a Texas law that allowed districts to charge tuition to children of undocumented immigrant parents. MALDEF’s victory opened school doors to all students equally.
In 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court heard seven challenges to a Texas Congressional redistricting plan. Only MALDEF’s prevailed. The New York Times described it as “the most important voting rights case of the decade,” resulting in the Latino community in Texas having the opportunity to elect its candidate of choice to Congress.

Examples of Ongoing Cases in the San Antonio Regional Office

Texas School Finance – MALDEF is currently in trial in a suit challenging the State’s school funding system.It argues that the Texas public school finance system is inequitable and inadequate under the Texas Constitution. MALDEF details gross inequities for property-poor school districts and failures of the system for low income and English Language Learner children. 
Texas Redistricting – MALDEF is in the midst of a suit that will test the parameters of the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision, which gutted a key part of the VRA. MALDEF filed suit in 2011 in response to maps enacted by the Texas Legislature that failed to reflect Latino growth in the state through the creation of new Latino-majority districts. The suit sought new redistricting plans consistent with 2010 Census data, which show that Latinos accounted for 65 percent of the population growth in Texas and are largely responsible for Texas gaining four additional congressional seats.

Description of activites for students: Interns will perform legal research and writing in support of impact litigation on behalf of Latinos in the areas of education, employment, immigration, language rights, and political access.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample

Other requirements: Applicants must demonstrate strong research and writing skills and commitment to public interest law. Deadline to apply for a summer internship is February 28, 2014. Please include "Summer Internship" in the subject line of your email.

Contact information:
Celina Moreno
110 Broadway Suite #300, San Antonio, TX 78205
cmoreno@maldef.org
Phone: (210) 224-5476

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Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

Organization description: The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office is responsible for the effective and efficient prosecution of felony and misdemeanor offenses committed in Montgomery County. Felonies offenses are punishable by death or confinement in prison or the State Jail. Felonies include murder, robbery, sexual assault, burglary, and some major drug and theft offenses. Misdemeanor offenses are generally less serious and are punishable by up to a year in the county jail. Misdemeanor offenses include driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, burglary of a motor vehicle and simple assaults. The District Attorney's Office also prosecutes traffic and other Class C offenses in the local Justice of the Peace Courts.

Description of activities for students: Students will have the opportunity to work with attorneys in the prosecution of cases from the intake stage to trial. Activities include researching, drafting of motions and subpoenas, trial preparation, case evaluation and victim contact.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Minimum hours: 8/wk during the academic year; 16/wk during the summer

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide: Resume

Contact information:
Lisa Stewart
207 W. Phillips Street, 2nd Floor, Conroe, TX 77301
tianasanford@mctx.org
936-538-3589

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Montgomery County Women's Center

Organization description: A non profit organization providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, including shelter, counseling, outreach, advocacy, and legal services, all at no cost to our clients.

Description of activities for students: Students will be exposed to direct legal representation of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, through protective orders, divorces, and suits affecting parent-child relationship. Students, based upon experience and 1L, 2L, 3L status, after orientation and mentoring, will be asked to do client intakes, draft documents, assist in trial preparation, and observe court proceeding, in addition to trips to the courthouse for research and filing of documents.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide: Resume, Writing Sample

Other Requirements: While Spanish language is not a requirement, we have a large Hispanic client base, and it is absolutely a plus.

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Karmel Willis
1401 Airport Rd., Conroe, TX 77301
936-441-4044

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Legal, Policy, & Compliance Department

Organization description: The Museum of Fine Arts is dedicated to serving all people by pursuing excellence in art through collection, exhibition, and education. Founded in 1900, the institution is one of the oldest art museums in Texas. Since its inception, the museum has sought to encourage public interest in the fine arts. Annual attendance ranks among the top ten art museums in the country. The museum has a strong commitment to public service and programming that provides the visitor opportunities to enjoy and appreciate art. 

Description of activities for students: The internship program models itself as a “law-firm lab” where students gain valuable real world working experience. Students are exposed to several different areas of legal practice that impact the museum daily, such as tax law, non-profit law, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and contracts. Students are assigned individual and group projects throughout the semester and take them on as if they were first year associates. All projects are conducted under the supervision of an attorney and are intended to be an educational experience.    

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Minimum hours: The fall and spring programs are a 12-week commitment. Students should be able to work a minimum of 10 hours per week, allowing each work day to consist of at least 3 hours. For the summer session, the museum will consider a six week program. Students in the summer session should expect to work full time during those six weeks.

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide: Cover letter, Resume

Other requirements: Please include anticipated schedule/availability in your cover letter

Prefer applications to be sumitted: At any time, although preferrably after the event via email

Contact information:
Carlotta Ramirez
P.O. Box 6826, Houston, TX 77256
cramirez@mfah.org
713-639-7836

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National Labor Relations Board

Organizaton description: For information about the NLRB, go to: http://www.nlrb.gov/.

Contact information:
Nadine Littles
1919 Smith St, Suite 1545, Houston, TX 77002
nadine.littles@nlrb.gov
713-209-4883

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Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division

Organization description: As the official child support enforcement agency for the State of Texas, the Office of the Attorney General provides services for parents who wish to obtain or provide support for their children. The Child Support Division determines, on a case-by-case basis, which of the child support services listed below are appropriate: locating the absent parent, establishing paternity, establishing and enforcing child support orders, establishing and enforcing medical support orders, reviewing and adjusting child support payments, and/or collecting and distributing child support payments. The Office of the Attorney General provides parents with a full range of child support services at no cost. The services are required by federal law and funded by the federal government and the State of Texas. For more information, click here.

Description of activities for students: Provides assistance to the legal division.  May attend and assist in court and review and manage cases.  Helps draft legal documents for filing and assists in maintenance of court dockets.  Uses computer to access the child support system to track and update cases.  Assists the legal supervisor and attorneys with legal research and may handle discovery issues.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide: Registration Form and Acknowledgement Form

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Dalia Perez
6161 Savoy Ste. 320, Houston, TX 77036
dalia.perez@texasattorneygeneral.gov
713-787-7147

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Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division

Organization description: Attorney General Greg Abbott is the lawyer for the State of Texas and is charged by the Texas Constitution to defend the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas, represent the State in litigation, and approve public bond issues. To fulfill these responsibilities, the Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government, issues legal opinions when requested by the Governor, heads of state agencies and other officials and agencies as provided by Texas statutes, sits as an ex-officio member of state committees and commissions, and defends challenges to state laws and suits against both state agencies and individual employees of the State.

Description of activities for students: The OAG strives to introduce law students to the rewarding and diverse legal work of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of Texas. While our positions are all unpaid, many law schools offer fellowships or stipends to their students who do internships with government entities. There are also for-credit opportunities. Law clerks work under the direct supervision of an Assistant Attorney General.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, FLLM    

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, Writing Sample

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

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Pearland Independent School District, Office of the General Counsel*Please note that Pearland ISD will not be attending the table talk, but will be accepting applciations via email.

Organization description: Pearland Independent School District is a Texas Public School District.

Description of activities for students: Student interns/externs will gain practical experience and knowledge by working in the Office of the General Counsel and assisting with legal matters and issues as they arise in the representation of a public school district.  In a school district many different areas or law are routinely seen including: School Law; Family Law; Employment Law; Special Education Law; Administrative Law; Governmental Law; and various others.  Students will be expected to assist the General Counsel in conducting research, drafting memoranda, reviewing legal documents and materials, and responding to requests for information.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: 2L, 3L                         

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample    

Other requirements: Students must be able to adhere to strict confidentiality and be able to clear a background check.   

Prefer applications to be submitted: Via Email         

Contact information:
Tanya Dawson
1928 N. Main St.  Pearland, Tx 77581
dawsont@pearlandisd.org
281-485-2303
          
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Social Security Administration, Office Disability Adjudication and Review

Organization Description: Social Security Administration (SSA), Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR)

Description of activities for students: Students interested in pursuing a career in administrative law are particularly well-suited to the ODAR hearing office environment. Normally, work assignments will be made with one or more senior attorney adjudicators. Opportunities to observe administrative law judge (ALJ) hearings will be provided as well. Our Staff Attorneys and Administrative Law Judges work nationwide to provide the public with a timely and judicious appeal for Social Security benefits.

All of our attorneys are in good standing with their State (or equivalent) Bar Association. While our entry-level Attorneys begin with admittance to the Bar, our Administrative Law Judges conduct impartial de novo hearings and issue decisions to claimants who have appealed previous SSA determinations made by the State agency. ALJ's are hired from a register of qualified candidates established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. You may visit the SSA website for more information: www.socialsecurity.gov/careers/legalcareers.

Positions considered: Fall, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L                           

Provide: Resume                                              

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Charlotte Newsom
4015 Aldine Bender Rd.
Charlotte.Newsom@ssa.gov
877-850-7829

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Somali Bantu Community of Greater Houston

Organization description: SBCGH is an 501 c (3) organization that has been committed to educating, acclimating, integrating, and advocating for refugees and immigrants in the Greater Houston Community since 2005.

Description of activities for students: We offer a vast array of services for our clients and the community such as: ESL Classes, Citizenship Classes, Legal Assistance Referrals, Immigration Form Preparation, Case Management, Translation/Interpretation, Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Program new to our organization program Health and case management.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample    

Other comments:We are looking forward to individuals with great ideas that are eager and motivated fund raising ideas and interpersonal skills to help raise funds for the organization. We are also currently seeking a Computer Programer to create a data base for our programs and update website information.

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact Information:
Denise Bent-sanker
6440 Hillcroft, Suite 304, Houston, TX 77081
denise@sbcgh.org
713-995-1070
         
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South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)

Organization description: The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) was created in 1989 by the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the American Immigration Lawyers Assocation, as a national effort to provide pro bono legal services to immigrants and asylum-seekers detained in South Texas by the Department of Homeland Security.  The project recruits, trains and coordinates the activities of volunteer attorneys, law students and legal assistants.  Each year in South Texas, the Department of Homeland Security detains thousands of men, women and children for immigration violations.  Many of these individuals are eligible for protection under U.S. law, but due to their circumstances, language barriers and the complexity of U.S. immigration law and procedure, face insurmountable obstacles to proving their claims for that protection before an immigration judge or asylum officer.  ProBAR provides the means for the legal community to assist these
vulnerable persons.

Description of activities for students: Student interns with ProBAR will have the opportunity to visit the detention facilities in the South Texas area, attend legal rights presentations conducted by ProBAR staff at those facilities, assist with conducting legal intakes (screenings) with adult and/or child detainees, represent ProBAR clients at hearings in immigration court, draft court filings, complete immigration applications and gather evidentiary support for those applications, and conduct legal research. 

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, FLLM    

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample

Other requirements: Preference is given to those students who speak Spanish and/or those with practical experience in immigration law.  Applications by students wishing to split their summers will be considered, but preference is given to those who can commit to a total of 10 weeks with ProBAR.  The 10 weeks do not have to be consecutive (for example, if the student needs a week off for a personal commitment, that is not a problem). 

Students who intern with ProBAR's Children's Project will need to bring their own laptops.  Work space at the Children's Project is limited so students may not have their own desks, but can share workspace or work out of the office conference room.

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Kimi Jackson, Managing Attorney, Children's Project
119 W. Van Buren, Ste. 204, Harlingen, TX 78550
kimi.jackson@americanbar.org
(956) 365-3775, ext. 210

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State Bar of Texas, Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel

Organization description: We are the fifth largest organization of lawyers in the United States. The State Bar Act, adopted by the Legislature in 1939, mandates that all attorneys licensed to practice law in Texas be members of the State Bar. The mission of the State Bar of Texas is to: (1) Assure all citizens equal access to justice; (2) Foster high standards of ethical conduct for lawyers; (3) Help attorneys better serve their clients; (4) Educate the public about the rule of law; (5) Promote diversity in the practice of law.

Houston Regional Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel: The Houston Regional Office is comprised of seven attorneys, several investigators, an office manager and various legal support staff. Our office investigates grievances filed against attorneys in the greater Houston (Harris County) area and several surrounding counties. Our trial attorneys practice civil litigation when an investigation reveals that an attorney has violated the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.

Description of activities for students: Students will gain experience in investigation, trial preparation, motion practice, and memo drafting. Students will also have the opportunity to become familiar with the Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline, Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals, and Texas Grievance Committee panels.  Students will have opportunities to observe trials, hearings, and depositions.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Minimum hours: 15/wk

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide: Resume, Transcript, Writing Sample

Contact information
Vanessa Windham
600 Jefferson St. Ste. 1000, Houston, Texas 77002
vanessa.windham@texasbar.com
713-758-8200x8208

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State Counsel for Offenders, Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Organization description: SCFO is the division of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, which provides legal representation to indigent offenders in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Description of activities for students: Summer Interns will have the opportunity to conduct legal research and writing, while observing the activities of the attorneys and other legal staff in all sections of the division. Volunteer summer internships are availalbe in Huntsville, Conroe, Austin, and Lubbock.

Positions considered: Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L                                           

Provide: No application materials are required at the event. Students interest in volunteer position should fill out the application form at http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/divisions./scfo/sco_employment.html and follow the directions for submission.                                    

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event           

Contact information:
Rudolph Brothers, Jr.
Director

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Tahirih Justice Center

Organization description: The Tahirih Justice Center works to protect immigrant women and girls seeking justice in the United States from gender-based violence. We empower our clients to achieve justice and equality through holistic direct legal services and national public policy advocacy.

Description of activities for students: Interns with the Immigration Law department interview clients, fill out and file immigration documents, assist clients in administrative proceedings; research and draft briefs and other documents, research country conditions, otherwise support the immigration attorney with pending cases, and conduct outreach for the community and clients. Internships are unpaid, but many interns receive school credit for work completed at Tahirih.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Minimum hours: 20 hrs/wk

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide: Resume, Writing Sample

Other requirements: Applicants should have excellent research, writing and analytical skills, and a commitment to public interest law. Language skills are highly desired, particularly Spanish and French. 3 references required.

Contact information:
Samantha Del Bosque
1717 St. James Place, Suite 320, Houston, TX 77056
samantha@tahirih.org
713-496-0100

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Texas Civil Rights Project

Organization description: The mission of the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) is to promote racial, social, and economic justice through litigation, education, and social services for low/moderate-income persons least able to defend themselves. TCRP strives to foster equality, secure justice, ensure diversity, and strengthen low/moderate-income communities in Texas.

Description of activities for students:    

Intake Intern/Volunteer

The Texas Civil Rights Project regularly seeks volunteers to assist in our client intake process.
Volunteers should be able available 10 hours per week. Interns must be available Mondays and Wednesdays afternoons between 3:00pm– 5:00pm and willing to make at least a semester long commitment. Interns will have the opportunity to work closely with attorneys in evaluating potential cases. Responsibilities for this internship include fielding calls from the public who have experienced civil rights violations, evaluating potential cases, following up with potential clients, reviewing documents, preparing open records requests, and other tasks as needed. We get a large volume of calls which cover a wide range of topics. This position is ideal for undergraduates or recent graduates seeking exposure to the practice of law and interested in protecting human rights. Spanish proficiency is a plus but not necessary. This internship is available during the fall, winter, and spring.

Prison Litigation Intern/Volunteer

The Texas Civil Rights Project seeks regular volunteers to assist in litigation representing indigent inmates whose civil rights have been violated. We are seeking two interns who can commit ten 10-15 hours a week of work for a minimum of one semester. The hours are flexible but must be on weekdays between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. The intern will have the opportunity to work closely with attorneys in evaluating potential cases. Responsibilities will include screening inmate mail, corresponding with inmates, preparing open records requests, reviewing discovery documents, accompanying an attorney to client meetings, writing memos documents client meetings and other tasks as needed. This position would be ideal for an undergraduate or recent graduate seeking exposure to the practice of law and interested in protecting human rights.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L                                                                       

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample   

Prefer applications to be submitted: At any time                  

Contact information:
Pedro Blandon
2006 Wheeler Ave, Houston, TX 77004
pedro@texascivilrightsproject.org

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The Texas Innocence Network

Organization description: The Texas Innocence Network (“TIN”) serves prisoners who are wrongly-convicted or sentenced to death. Its Non-Capital Division investigates claims of actual innocence made by incarcerated inmates whose direct appeals have been finalized. Once such evidence has been located and verified, TIN provides wrongfully convicted inmates with post-conviction legal assitance.

TIN's Capital Division provides investigative and legal assistance to Texas inmates who have been sentenced to death.

Description of activities for students: In the Non-Capital Division, students investigate claims of actual innocence made by incarcerated inmates whose direct appeals have been finalized. Once such evidence has been located and verified, students research and draft legal documents such as habeas writs, clemency petitions, and Chapter 64 motions.

In the Capital Division, students research and investigate death row inmates' legal claims. These claims relate either to the inmate's guilt/innocence phase or to the the inmate's punishment phase.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, FLLM

Provide: Resume, Writing Sample

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Cassandra Jeu
100 Law Center, Houston TX 77204-6060
ccjeu@central.uh.edu
713-743-8592

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TIRR Memorial Hermann - ILRU

Organization description: ILRU is a program of TIRR Memorial Hermann that promotes independent living for people with disabilities. ILRU runs the Southwest ADA Center, which provides technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability civil rights laws to the public.

Description of activities for students: Policy analysis, grantwriting, legal research

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, FLLM

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume

Other requirements: An interest in disability issues. Personal experience with disability issues preferred.

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Vinh Nguyen
1333 Moursund Dr., Houston, Texas 77030
vinhn@ilru.org
713-520-0232

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U.S. Air Force JAG Corps

Organization description: We are a Corps of military attorneys who practice in various legal fields in different locations throughout the United States and abroad.  Practice areas include military courts-martial, civil law, labor law, international and environmental law, orperational law.

Description of activities for students: We will be providing information for students interested in a legal career with the US Air Force.  We will not be offering any intern positions at this time.

Contact information:                                         

Capt Sarah Huerta
1 Washington Circle, Ste 6, JBSA-Randolph, TX
sarah.huerta.3@us.af.mil
210-652-4345

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U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

Organization description: The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas, with approximately 180 Assistant United States Attorneys, is the sixth-largest in the country. The office prosecutes federal crimes and represents the interests in the United States in civil cases. The Southern District of Texas stretches from the Houston area southwest to the Mexican border, and the office operates staffed locations in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, McAllen, and Victoria. The office's Criminal Division prosecutes all federal crimes in our jurisdiction, including narcotics trafficking, white-collar crime, national security, public corruption, asset forfeiture, financial litigation, organized crime, immigration violations, violent crimes, and other criminal offenses. The Civil Division defends agencies of the United States, enforces regulatory agency authority, and recovers funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws. The office's Appellate Division is responsible for handling the office's criminal appeals with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, as well as habeas litigation at the district court and appellate levels.

Description of activities for students: Legal interns have the opportunity to research legal issues, draft pleadings and memoranda, assist with discovery, trial preparation, and jury instructions, and write appellate briefs. Interns may also observe hearings and trials. Interns may observe and participate in witness preparation sessions, defendant debriefings, meetings with defense counsel, and meetings with agents from several federal agencies. The summer program includes trips to several federal agencies.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L                           

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, Writing Sample (ten pages maximum)

Prefer applications to be submitted: Before the event. Deadline for summer applications is January 31, 2014. For more information see www.justice.gov/usao/txs/1Employment/Intern.html.

Other requirements: Must be a United States citizen. Interns will be subjected to a background investigation prior to entry on duty, because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office.  School credit is possible, at the discretion of the law school. 

Contact information:
Michael Wright, United States Attorney's Office
1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 2300, Houston, TX 77002
interns.usatxs@usdoj.gov

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel

Organization description: In-house legal counsel for southern area of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Description of activities for students: Legal research and legal document and brief preparation and writing

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L                                           

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, Writing Sample

Other requirements: Must pass a background investigation

Prefer applications submitted: Either before or at the event

Contact information:
Yvette V. Rodriguez
2323 S. Shepherd Drive, Suite 1246, Houston, Texas 77019
yvette.v.rodriguez@cbp.dhs.gov
713-387-7260

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Chief Counsel

Organization description:  U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Chief Counsel (OCC), Houston, Texas. Attorneys in the OCC represent the United States in immigration proceedings before the Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals.  Attorneys also provide legal support to its clients within the Department of Homeland Security.

Description of activities for students: Law student interns will have the opportunity to work with approximately 20 attorneys. Interns may be tasked with legal research utilizing Westlaw; the drafting of legal memoranda, briefs, or responses to motions for submission to the Immigration Court or the Board of Immigration Appeals; the review of case files and research of case-specific facts; the preparation of exhibits for submission to court; observation of court proceedings; some interns may have an opportunity to litigate a case before the Immigration Court under the supervision of an experienced attorney; interns may also be exposed to the operations of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) during the course of the internship.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, LLM       

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample

Other requirements: Interns are required to work 240 hours. Summer Law Interns generally work six 40-hour weeks. Scheduling for Spring and Fall Interns is determined individually based on student availability and office needs.

Applications submitted: At the event                               

Contact information:
Vicki Lemon
Office of Chief Counsel, 126 Northpoint Dr., Rm. 2020, Houston, TX  77060
vicki.lemon@ice.dhs.gov
281-931-2043

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 

Organization description: The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a federal agency whose Houston Office is located at 1301 Fannin, Suite 2200 in downtown Houston. The Legal Division assists program staff in achieving HUD's mission of assuring decent and affordable housing, enabling all Americans to achieve homeownership, providing resources for communities to build strong neighborhoods, preventing homelessness, and enforcing fair housing laws. Staff attorneys provide legal opinions, advice and services with respect to a variety of departmental programs and activities.

Description of activities for students: Students will work directly with attorneys and program staff to complete multifamily apartment closings, sales transactions, conflict of interest determinations, or resolve management or enforcement issues, and other tasks as needed. They will receive some initial training through webcasts but will actively work with staff attorneys to participate in current work assignments, meetings, closings, hearings, training courses, etc. in the Legal Division. Three research and writing assignments are usually requested on currently pending issues. Students can select work assignments in program areas in which they have a direct interest. Contracts, property, UCC, or other real estate- related courses are very helpful but not required.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, FLLM

Provide: Resume, Transcript, Writing Sample

Prefer applciations to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Gloria Aldridge, Associate Regional Counsel
Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
1301 Fannin St., Suite 2200
Houston, Texas  77002
gloria.m.aldridge@hud.gov
713-718-3126

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U.S. Department of State (DOS)

Organization description: As the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency, the U.S. Department of State helps to shape a freer, more secure, and more prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing the President's foreign policy. The Secretary of State, the ranking member of the Cabinet and fourth in line of presidential succession, is the President's principal adviser on foreign policy and the person chiefly responsible for U.S. representation abroad. The United States maintains diplomatic relations with 189 of the 191 countries in the world, as well as with many international organizations. We maintain over 265 diplomatic and consular posts around the world, including embassies, consulates, and missions to international organizations.

Foreign Service and Civil Service

The Foreign Service and the Civil Service for the U.S. Department of State represent the American people, working together to achieve the goals and implement the initiatives of American foreign policy. The Foreign Service represents America and responds to the needs of American citizens in other countries. These 11,000+ employees are also America's first-line of defense in a complex and often dangerous world. A Foreign Service career is a way of life that offers unique rewards, opportunities, and sometimes hardships. Members of the Foreign Service can be sent to any embassy, consulate, or other diplomatic mission anywhere in the world, to serve the diplomatic needs of the United States.

There are approximately 9,000 Civil Service employees, headquartered primarily in Washington D.C., that are involved in virtually every area of the Department, from human rights to narcotics control to trade to environmental issues. They also are the domestic counterpart to consular officers abroad, issuing passports and assisting U.S. citizens in trouble overseas.

Description of activities for students: From internships to fellowships, the U.S. Department of State has a number of great programs that enable students to obtain job experience in a challenging and exciting foreign affairs environment.  Many students work in Washington, D.C., while others have the opportunity to work at one of our U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. To learn more about careers with the U.S. Department of State, visit careers.state.gov. or contact Diplomat in Residence John C. Roberts.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Contact information:                                                                          
JOHN C. ROBERTS
U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence Southeast Texas and Louisiana
University of Houston, Houston, TX
Tel: 202-549-5284
DIRSoutheastTexasLou@state.gov
http://careers.state.gov/
https://www.facebook.com/dirsotxla

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University of Houston System Office of General Counsel

Description of activities for students: Legal research and writing related to a wide variety of legal services offered by the Office of the General Counsel to the University of Houston System and its component institutions (UH, UHD, UHV, UHCL), including, but not limited to, civil litigation (including the drafting of cou rt pleadings, as well as possibly attending depositions, court hearings and other litigation related proceedings), contracts and conveyances, student/faculty/staff matters, intellectual property, employment law (including, but not limited to, grievances, charges and lawsuits asserting claims of discrimination, due process, equal protection and other constitutional claims, including free speech, freedom of religion, etc.), real estate transactions, acquisitions, gifts and other matters related to higher education law and/or applicable to institutions of higher education.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L

Provide: Resume, Writing Sample

Prefer applications to be submitted: At the event

Contact information:
Dona H. Cornell, General Counsel
311 E. Cullen Bldg., Houston, TX 77204
dhcornell@uh.edu
713-743-0949

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YMCA International Services

Organization description: Non-profit organization dedicated to providing holistic services to our refugee and immigrant populations.

Description of activities for students: Students will be working in the Immigration Legal Department of YMCA International Services. Our focus is primarily on family-based and humanitarian immigration. Thus, students will most likely be working on asylum cases and cases involving victims of crime of human trafficking. This will require students to conduct legal research on country conditions and case law, as well as assist in the preparation of such applications for submission to court or to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.

Positions considered: Fall, Spring, Summer                              

Will accept: Rising 2L (Summer), 2L, 3L, FLLM    

Provide: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample

Prefer applications to be submitted: Either before or at the event            

Contact information:
Brian Schaeffer
6300 Westpark Dr., Suite 600, Houston, TX 77057
brian.schaeffer@ymcahouston.org
713-339-9015

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