Friday, February 21, 2014

Introducing the CDO Weekly Digest

Welcome to the new, improved way to stay up to date with the CDO! All information regarding programs, opportunities, and deadlines coming out of our office will now be collected into one one easy to read Weekly Digest. The Digest will be sent to all students via email and will also be available here. 

In this week's Digest, read about:
• Passport to Success Diversity Initiative: Getting the Job (open to ALL students)
• Small & Midsize Firm Week
• Cougar Coffee Chats for part-time students
• UHLC IP Resume Book
• Chicago Patent Law Interview Program
• Harris County Attorney's Office Meet & Greet
• 1L Diversity Scholarships
• Upcoming networking opportunities

Passport to Success Diversity Initiative: Getting the Job
Saturday, February 22, 2014 │ 9:00am - 2:00pm │ Krost Hall
The Passport to Success Diversity Initiative: Getting the Job will focus on legal employers' insider's tips on: resume/cover letter enhancement, interviewing and networking. Attorneys and successful UHLC upperclassmen will provide invaluable insight into the do's and don'ts of maximizing opportunities to land the legal job of your dreams. Following the panels, students will have the opportunity to practice the networking skills learned by interacting with attorneys in a "cocktail party" setting. Attorneys will provide feedback to students to give them real tips on how to improve these skills. Participating students present for the entire program will be eligible for prizes at the end of the program.
Students who were not able to RSVP by the February 19th deadline are still encouraged to attend although lunch cannot be guarnateed. Students may attend all or part of the program, but must attend the entire program to be eligible for prizes. For more information and detailed listing of all panelists, go to the CDO Events Calendar:

Small & Midsize Firm Week
February 24 - 28, 2014 │ 240 BLB & Krost Hall
Small & Midsize Firm Week is a week-long series of career panels discussing the advantages and challenges of working at small and midsize firms (50 or fewer attorneys). The week culminates in the Small & Midsize Firm Open House, Friday, February 28, 2014, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, where local employers have the opportunity to share information about their firms, and, where available, opportunities for the upcoming summer, academic year or permanent positions. Monday through Thursday panels are open to ALL students. RSVP through the Events tab in Symplicity to be guaranteed a lunch. Friday's Open House is open to 2Ls and 3Ls only and no advanced registration is required. For more information on program topics and panelists, go to the CDO Events Calendar:

Cougar Coffee Chats
March 1, 2014 │ 9:00 am - noon │ Career Development Office
The Career Development Office is hosting Cougar Coffee Chats with Leandro Vargas, Jr., Director of Land and Staff Attorney at Treadstone Energy Partners on Saturday, March 1st from 9 am - noon. This great program connects part-time students with alumni of the part-time program. Each counseling session will last 30 minutes and will give you the opportunity to ask questions about the alum's career path and to seek advice for your own professional development. Please schedule an appointment by emailing Mona Elchahal at by Monday, February 24th.

University of Houston Law Center IP Resume Book
Deadline to Participate: March 7, 2014
The UHLC Career Development Office is preparing the 2014 UHLC IP Resume Book. Three separate resume books will be emailed out to IP employers of various sizes, if a minimum of 10 students are interested in each: Houston area, Eastern District of Texas, and nationwide. You can submit your resume for each on February 24 through March 7.
If you would like to participate in this opportunity, please follow these steps:
1. As soon as possible, upload your resume into Symplicity.
2. Starting February 24, under the Documents Tab, choose the "Opt-In Resume Book."
3. Choose the "Select Resume Books" button under your resume.
4. Check the resume books in which you want to be included and click "submit."
All resumes must be submitted by March 7 to be included in the resume books. If you have any questions, please contact Bill Powers in the UHLC CDO at

Loyola University Chicago School of Law Patent Law Interview Program (PLIP)
Deadline to Register: March 3, 2014
The Patent Law Interview Program will be held on Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1 in Chicago, Illinois. This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs. Students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in and employers select the students they wish to interview at the program. Students with degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program. You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.
For more information on the program: Online student registration for this year's PLIP is now open and will close on Monday, March 3. Register online at Email Bill Powers at with any questions

Harris County Attorney's Office Meet & Greet
Thursday, March 6, 2014 │ Harris County Attorney's Office │ 9:00 - 11:00 am OR 2:00 - 4:00 pm
This event is a must attend for all students interested in summer internships with the Harris County Attorney's Office. All Divisions of the County Attorney's Office will be represented and conducting interviews for summer interns. If you have any questions please email Demetrice Collier at The event will take place at 1019 Congress, 16th Floor, Driscoll Court Room

Winstead Juris Doctor Scholarship
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2014
Each year, Winstead awards three $20,000 scholarships to ethnically diverse first-year law students - to a student at The University of Texas School of Law, the University of Houston Law Center, and the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. In addition to a cash award, each Scholarship recipient will be offered a position in the Firm's 2015 Winstead Summer Associate Program. For more information go to:

Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program
Deadline to Apply: August 4, 2014
The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $15,000 awards toward tuition for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school. The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and commitment to diversity and community. For more information go to:

Upcoming Networking Events
There are several great networking events that UHLC students are encouraged to attend. Getting to know the broader Houston legal community and making connections is the most important thing you can do to increase your chances of finding and securing employment. For more information on the events listed below visit the CDO Events Calendar:

Association of Women Attorneys Networking Boot Camp
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 │ South Texas College of Law │ 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Houston Bar Association - Criminal Appeals: A 21st Century Approach
Thursday, February 27, 2104 │ Harris County Jury Assembly Plaza │1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
7th Annual Anatomy of a Family Law Case for the New Practitioner
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 │ South Texas College of Law │ 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
28th Annual Family Law Conference
March 6 - 7, 2014 │ South Texas College of Law
National School Boards Association's Council of School Attorneys (COSA) School Law Seminar
April 3 - 5, 2014 │ New Orleans

Stay up to date with the CDO Events Calendar. For questions, you can make an appointment with your counselor here.