Friday, June 20, 2014

Weekly Digest | 6/20/2014

In this week's digest:

  • FAQ for 3Ls considering participating in Fall Early Week OCI
  • UHLC Rosenberg Fellowship Program – Disability Rights Texas Accepting Applications!
  • Sunbelt Minority Recruitment Programs
  • 3L+ Inaugural Houston Diversity Reception and Summer Conference
  • US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, Summer Honors Program
  • Gulf Guardian Fellowship Program
  • Opening for the 2015 Equal Justice Works Application Current Job Openings with the Internal Revenue Service
  • Hot Jobs

FAQ for 3Ls considering participating in Fall Early Week OCI

Is Fall OCI open to 3Ls? Yes. Fall Early Week OCI is open to all 3Ls currently enrolled at the Law Center. When you log into Symplicity, you will only be able to see the OCI employers that are open to interviewing 3Ls.

Would a position from Fall OCI for 3Ls be an internship or an actual job? A job. Typically, OCI employers that are open to interviewing 3Ls do so with the intention of hiring them for full-time, permanent positions after graduation.

What should a person know concerning Fall OCI if they are a rising 3L? Rising 3Ls should keep in mind that a very small portion of OCI employers seek 3Ls. Check out the list of participating employers from last year on the OCI FAQ page under “Which employers participate in OCI” here: Rising 3Ls should focus primarily on regularly checking the Symplicity Job Bank and applying for posted positions, following up with legal professional contacts made during internships, applying directly to employers, and working with your counselor in the CDO to develop a personalized job search strategy.

UHLC Rosenberg Fellowship Program
Disability Rights Now Accepting Applications

The University of Houston is proud to announce its new, long-term fellowship program, the Yale Leonard and Irene Merker Rosenberg Fellowship Program. Through this program, select public interest organizations will host a 2014 Law Center graduate to work with its office for a 13 month period following completion of the bar exam. This is a great way for our students to create a foothold in the legal public interest community. For more information, go to:

Note that applications for the Rosenberg Fellowship position at Disability Rights Texas are now being accepted in the Symplicity Job Bank. Log in and search for Job ID# 10426 to apply.

Sunbelt Minority Recruitment Program
Friday, August 22, 2014 │Dallas, TX
Student Registration & Bidding: June 25 - July 11

Sunbelt Minority Recruitment Program (“Sunbelt”) will take place at the Wyndham Dallas Suites, Park Central in Dallas, TX on Friday, August 22, 2014. Sunbelt provides legal employers throughout the United States with an opportunity to interview diverse law students from Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Second and third year law students and recent graduates from eighteen ABA-approved law schools will participate in the program. The program will also have over forty participating employers from New York to Houston offices.

Please register and submit all application materials online via the Sunbelt Symplicity Module at Application instructions can be found on the Sunbelt website: and in the Career Resources Library (under the “Resources” tab in Symplicity). If you have any questions about this fair, please contact Elizabeth A. Base, The University of Oklahoma College of Law, at (405) 325-4860 or

3L+ Inaugural Houston Diversity Reception and Summer Conference
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 │ Houston, TX
Early Bird Student and Attorney Rates Available Until July 2

Celebrate diversity in the legal profession with 3L+ at its inaugural Houston Diversity Reception.  Join 3L+ for appetizers, drinks, and a chance to win raffle prizes including a Nike Fitbit, and inspiring speakers to include: Bruce Ruzinsky (Jackson Walker) and Kourtney James Perry (UHLC CDO)

Tickets can be purchased here:  Early Bird student rates ($5.00) and attorney rates ($20.00) are available until July 2All proceeds will benefit 3L+ Scholarship and Diversity Programs.  

For those interested in joining 3L+ earlier in the day for their Super Summer or Career Management seminars (find complete information here:, register at:  The seminars are taught by 3L+ co-founders who are experienced transition-to-practice individuals.  Reduced tuition scholarships will be available for UHLC students.

United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, Summer Honors Program

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) of the EPA operates a highly competitive, 12-week volunteer Summer Honors Law Clerk Program for law clerks who have completed their second year (or the equivalent for part-time students) at an American Bar Association accredited law school.  OGC is committed to providing law clerks with a tremendous legal learning experience.  Law clerks can expect to gain experience researching and writing about administrative, environmental, and general law issues.  Law clerks also are assigned individual mentors and have opportunities to participate in client meetings, attend field trips, and improve professional skills. For more information, please visit:

Students can submit their application by email or mail their applications to: Angela Perkins, OGC Recruitment Coordinator (, Office of General Counsel; Mail Code 2311A; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20460. All mail-in applications must be received by August 30, 2014 (NOT POSTMARKED BY). Applications must include a resume, cover letter, transcript, a writing sample, Demographic Information form (available in the Career Resource Library under the “resources” tab in Symplicity) and references to be considered. 

Gulf Guardian Fellowship Program
Deadline to Apply: August 8, 2014

The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) is proud to announce the Gulf Guardian Fellowship program. This 18 month fellowship program aims to support various approaches to building social and ecological equity in the Gulf South by honoring community members working to address the long-term impacts of inequality OR climate change.  Fellows working to address either inequality or climate change in the Gulf South will receive a $40,000 stipend and attend three (3) retreats. The retreats are designed to create space for collective learning, strategy space for long-term coordinated work and infrastructure building for the Gulf South region. 

Fellows must be residents of the Gulf Coast (TX, LA, MS, AL, FL) and can work at an organization or independently toward promoting social solutions. The project associated with the fellowship application can be on an existing project/program, new project or Coalition/alliance/congregation effort. For more information and application instructions, go to: The deadline to apply is Friday, August 8, 2014.

Opening for the 2015 Equal Justice Works Application  

The 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application will be open from July 7, 2014 to September 17, 2014. To learn more, go to:

Current Job Openings with the Internal Revenue Service
The IRS is hiring again! Recent graduates interested in tax law, check for current openings or email in the CDO for more information about how to search for jobs of interest and/or apply. 

Hot Jobs
10434 –3L Law Clerk, Watts & Company, Lawyers (Missouri City, TX)
10431 – Litigation Attorney, Alliantgroup LP (Houston, TX)
10428 –Law Clerk, Sears Bennett LLP (Houston, TX)
10425 –Rosenberg Public Interest Fellow, Disability Rights Texas (Houston, TX)
10345 –Law Clerk, The Parzivand Law Firm, PLLC (Stafford, TX)
10420 –Law Clerk, Clark, Love & Hutson (Houston, TX)
10409 –Law Clerk, Arnold & Itkin LLP (Houston, TX)
10400 –2015 Graduate Law Clerk, San Diego County District Attorney's Office (San Diego, CA)
10399 –2015 Summer Certified Legal Intern, San Diego County District Attorney's Office (San Diego, CA)