Friday, March 7, 2014

Weekly Digest │ March 7, 2014

Spring Break is around the corner and I'm sure you are excited! Enjoy the much needed time-off, but don't forget about the great things happening in the CDO this month.
In this week's Digest, read about:

• Advice on Accepting/Declining Offers From the MOILP Committee (good advice for ALL students even if you did not participate in the MOILP program)
• Andrews Kurth 1L Spring Reception
• Southeastern Intellectual Property Fair
• Careers in Antitrust Panel
• Future Appointed Counsel Training Program
• Upcoming Deadlines & Networking Opportunities
• Hot Jobs

Accepting/Declining Offers

A message from Yvonne Ho, attorney at Bracewell & Giuliani and co-chair of the HBA MOILP Committee:
At this stage of the Program, employers are nearing the end of the process of extending offers to students. How you handle this process is just as important to making a strong professional impression as how you conducted yourself during interviews. And even if you do not ultimately accept a particular offer, the impression you leave with that prospective employer will follow you in the future. Here are a few tips along those lines:
(1) If you accept an offer with one employer, immediately notify any other potential employers who've interviewed you.
(2) Even if you decline an offer, convey your appreciation to that prospective employer. The process is time-consuming for employers, and your gratitude for receiving the opportunity will be remembered.
(3) In all your communications, realize that prospective employers are judging you. The impression you leave with that employer will not be forgotten, and it's a very small legal community.

Andrews Kurth 1L Spring Reception
Thursday, April 3, 2014 │ 5:30 - 7:30 pm │600 Travis St, #4200

Join Andrews Kurth for their UH 1L Spring Reception. This is a great way to meet the firm prior to Fall On-Campus Interviews! Click here for more details: RSVP to Caroline Thompson at by March 20, 2014.

Southeastern Intellectual Property Fair
Deadline to Register: April 4, 2014

Hosted by Georgia State University College of Law, the Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair will take place on July 29, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. The fair spans across all industries and types of organizations and encompasses all areas of intellectual property, including litigation, transactional work and prosecution. For additional information and other important dates, visit the SIPJF website at: Email Bill Powers at for questions.

Careers in Antitrust Panel
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 │ 12:00 - 1:00 pm │ 209 BLB

Join the CDO and Professor Bush in this great program to learn more about careers in antitrust law. Sponsored by the American Bar Association, this event will bring several local practitioners to speak to UHLC students about their career paths and current antitrust practices. Remember to RSVP via the "Events" tab in Symplicity to be guaranteed a lunch.

Future Appointed Counsel Training Program
Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2014

The Harris County Public Defender's Office (PDO) has established the Future Appointed Counsel Training (FACT) Program, a year-long training program for new criminal defense lawyers. The goal of the FACT Program is to provide comprehensive training, mentoring, and support for new criminal defense lawyers to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively represent indigent defendants. Although it does not include an offer of a job with the Harris County Public Defender's Office, it does include free training at Gideon's Promise, mentoring with a Harris County criminal defense lawyer, and local training for attorneys who are interested in indigent criminal defense. Click here for more details and application instructions: Deadline to apply is March 31, 2014.

Upcoming Deadlines & Networking Events

There are so many great opportunities, recruiting events, and scholarships with upcoming deadlines. Stay on top of it all by making sure to check out the CDO Calendar: A few are listed below.

American Bar Association Webinar on Careers in International Environmental Law│ March 12, 2014

Goodwin Proctor Public Interest Fellowship │ March 14, 2014

2014 Legal Studies Institute in Washington DC │ March 18, 2014

Institute for Justice Public Interest Boot Camp │ March 21, 2014

Hot Jobs

The Symplicity Job Bank is heating up! Make sure to check it regularly if you're looking for spring, summer, or permanent positions. Below is a sampling of the opportunities currently posted:

9962 - Law Clerk, Jan Woodward Fox (Houston, TX)
9967 - Family Law Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas (Fort Worth, TX)
9959 - Entry-level Litigation Attorney, Nielsen & Mukerji (Houston, TX)
9845 - Law Clerk, Hill Rivkins (Houston, TX)
9946 - Law Clerk, Mitchell & Duff (Richmond, TX)

The Public Defender Service in Washington DC is looking for 3Ls to join their office as trial attorneys. For more information and application instructions, go to:

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