Thursday, March 20, 2014

Weekly Digest | March 21, 2014

In this week’s Digest, read about:
  • Apprentice Program (2Ls)
  • “Stuff” You Need To Know: Practice Tips for New Lawyers and Summer Interns (All Students)
  • HBA MOILP Writing & Etiquette Seminar  (1Ls)
  • Cougar Coffee Chats (Part-time Students)
  •  Summer Work Study Program (All Students)
  • Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program (1Ls)
  • Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Scholarship (2Ls & 3Ls)
  • International Trademark Association’s Annual Meeting Scholarship (All Students)
  • Hot Jobs 

Apprentice Program
Bidding: March 31 – April 6, 2014

Don't miss this great opportunity to gain law firm experience in one of a number of practice areas this summer!  The Law Center has decided to make some exciting changes to the Apprentice Program this year to align more closely with the interests of our students. The goal will remain the same: providing a meaningful and educational employment experience to participating students. This year, however, rather than offering academic credit to student participants, students will be paid $16 per hour and will expected to work 30 hours a week for six to eight weeks over the summer.  

Bidding on Symplicity will start Monday, March 31st.  Under the Recruiting tab, you will be able to review the profiles of participating firms and submit your applications. Contact your career counselor today to review your resume and to ask any questions.  

“Stuff” You Need To Know: Practice Tips for New Lawyers and Summer Interns
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 12-1pm | 240 BLB |
Deadline to RSVP: March 31, 2014

Co-sponsored by the Blakely Advocacy Institute and the Passport to Success Diversity Initiative, “Stuff” You Need To Know: Practice Tips for New Lawyers and Summer Interns will feature the following members of the legal community discussing their top practice tips for navigating your first legal job: Hon. Caroline Baker (Judge, 295th District Court), Tom Van Arsdel (Shareholder, Winstead PC), Genesis Draper (Assistant Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas), Donald R. Naylor, Jr. (Transactional Attorney, Intellectual Property Department, Air Liquide USA LLC), and Moderator Amy Hawk (Associate Director, Blakely Advocacy Institute).  Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP through Symplicity Events by March 31, 2014 at midnight to secure a lunch.

HBA MOILP Writing & Etiquette Seminar
Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Deadline to RSVP: April 1, 2014

Join the HBA Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee for a Writing & Etiquette Seminar. Complimentary breakfast and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Teresa Messer at or 713-817-2412 by April 1, 2014. Speakers include: Robert Dubose (Partner, Alexander Dubose & Townsend LLP, and law professor at the University of Houston),  Hon. Roy Moore (Judge,  245th family court of Harris County), Stefanie Moll (Hiring Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP), Carita Walker (Senior Legal Counsel, Shell), and Vinh Ho (Executive Director, BPSOS).

Cougar Coffee Chats
Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Career Development Office

The Career Development Office is hosting Cougar Coffee Chat with Jordan Lewis, UHLC Class of 2008 on Saturday, April 5th from 9 am – noon.  Jordan actively participated on Moot Court and Mock Trial teams during law school and has been practicing criminal defense since graduation. 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 Catherine Wright at by Monday, March 31st. Please include three preferred appointment times in your email. 

Summer Work Study Program
Deadline to Apply: April 15, 2014

Every semester UHLC is provided with work study funds for students who are performing work out in the legal community. Students who are working with our partner organizations and can demonstrate financial need may be eligible to earn compensation for work performed. Partner organizations include: (1) Harris County District Attorney’s Office, (2) Harris County Attorney's Office, (3) Lone Star Legal Aid, (4) Harris County Public Defender’s Office, (5) City of Houston Legal Department, (6) Texas Civil Rights Project, (7) U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel, (8) Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office, (9) Houston Bar Foundation Veterans Legal Initiative.

Work study students are paid approximately $15/hr until their original award amount is exhausted (a maximum of $4,000). For more information and application instructions, go to:

Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program
Deadline to Apply: April 18, 2014
Sidley Austin LLP’s Dallas and Houston offices invite current 1L students who identify as racially or ethnically diverse and/or LGBT and who will be working in Dallas or Houston during the summer of 2014 to apply for the Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program. The program is a mentoring program that aims to promote diverse law students’ interest in joining Dallas or Houston law firms after graduation. The program is anticipated to run during June and July 2014. Applications and more information can be found in the Symplicity Career Resource Library under the "resources" tab. 

Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Scholarship
Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2014

The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation will award scholarships to law students in their second and third years of study who are attending any accredited law school in the United States.  Competitive awards will be based upon the financial need of the applicant, and may range from $2,500 to $10,000 annually. This is both a merit and needs-based scholarship.  Applicants must demonstrate strength of character, superior academic achievement, and a strong interest in pursuing a career in communications law. For more information, go to:

International Trademark Association’s Annual Meeting Scholarship Program
Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2014

Join the International Trademark Association for the 136th Annual Meeting on May 10th through the 14th in Hong Kong - the trademark industry's premier event of the year. INTA student members can attend the meeting for FREE if selected as an Annual Meeting scholarship recipient. If you are interested in this opportunity, go to the Symplicity Career Resource Library in the "resources" tab for the application form. 

Hot Jobs

Just a few of the great jobs currently posted in the Symplicity Job Bank:

10040 – Summer Intern, Network for Public Health Law (Chapel Hill, NC)
10043 – Paid Grand Jury Intern, Harris County District Attorney’s Office (Houston, TX)
10045 – Public Interest Consumer Attorney, National Consumer Law Center (Boston, MA)
10000 – Law Clerk, Texas Law Shield (Houston, TX)
10046 – Law Clerk, Thompson & Reilley (Houston, TX)
10047 – Law Clerk, Law Office of Greg Gladden (Houston, TX)
9979 – Compliance Intern, Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston, TX)

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