Friday, March 27, 2015

Houston Area Networking Events

There are so many opportunities for UHLC students to become more active in the Houston legal community and start building their networks and support systems. The more active you are, the easier the job search! The best way we've heard this described is in the book Building Career Connections: Networking Tools for Law Students and New Lawyers by Donna Gerson:

Networking is the means by which most law students will find employment, particularly full-time employment following graduation.  On-campus interviews, which reward top grades and high academic achievement, account for a minuscule percentage of jobs.  Most law students find jobs either through networking or self-initiated contact with prospective employers, often a combination of the two.

Networking will help you discover the hidden job market and learn about work opportunities that may never be published.  A large percentage of available jobs are not advertised; instead they are filled by word-of-mouth.  Even those jobs that are advertised are often filled with a candidate who somehow made a personal connection with the employer.  As a result, those who are “in the know” and are connected to a network of contacts who know about their skills and interests will be in a position to benefit when their contacts learn about an opening through the informational grapevine.

We've put together a list, by no means exhaustive, of several networking events and CLEs hosted in the upcoming weeks. If you have any questions about the mechanics of networking and how follow up and maintain relationships, don't hesitate to contact your counselor in the CDO. 

When: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
Where: The Houston Club, One Shell Plaza, 49th floor
What: “Objection!” Presented by the Honorable Dan Hinde.  
Additional Information: RSVP by March 24, 2015

When: Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 11:00am-5:00pm
Where: Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 3100 Cleburne Street, Houston, TX 77004
What: 2015 Rising Tide Four Part Series - The Mechanics of Trial From Voir Dire To Judgment. This program will take you from start to finish of a trial, it is geared for the lawyer that has never tried a case, as well as those of us that just like to pick up a few new ideas.  You will want to attend all four sessions and we promises you will leave each session with more knowledge of the courtroom process.  The first session will cover Opening and Voir Dire from different techniques.  We will be in a courtroom setting with a judge and jury present. The second session is on Evidence, the third Experts and the final session will be Closing Argument and Charge Conference.  You will complete this program with a full Trial Notebook, which you can use in your next trial.
Additional Information: This is a Members Only CLE, so join HTLA today and come to this great program for FREE, if are a member bring a new member and it is FREE to you as well as the new member.

When: Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 7:00am-9:00am
Where: IHS Offices, Rio Grande/Red Room, 5333 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056 (Parking available in the IHS parking garage)
What: The Impact of the Oil Price on Oil & Gas Careers: How to Weather the Storm. Current price trends have many new graduates and young professionals in the oil & gas industry worried about their prospects for building a successful career in the business. In this talk, David Vaucher, a Director in the Energy practice of management consultancy Alvarez & Marsal, will make the case that while the short term outlook is for more turbulence, the long-term picture should be much better.
Additional Information: Registration is complimentary for members and students. Non-member registration is $10.

When: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 |  11:30am-1:30pm
Where: JP Morgan Chase Auditorium, 601 Travis, Houston, TX 77002 (entrance at corner of Texas and Travis)
What: Join the Houston Chapter for a luncheon program titled, FERC Audits & Enforcement: The What, When & How. This panel, featuring Suzanne Clevenger (Vinson & Elkins), Jerald Hess (DLA Piper), Sabrina Dugal Walia (Vinson & Elkins) and Deanna Reitman (DLA Piper) as the moderator will provide insight into the FERC Audit process and practical tips for managing a FERC Audit.  
Additional Information: Register by April 3, 2015

When: Monday, April 13, 2015 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
Where: Magnolia Hotel, 1100 Texas Ave.
What: Civil rights and discrimination under Texas Law presented by Thomas M. Anderson, Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission's Civil Rights Division.
Additional Information: RSVP by April 7, 2015

When: Wednesday April 15, 2015 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
Where: Locke Lord LLP, JP Morgan Chase Tower, 600 Travis
What: "Oil and Gas Conveyances" presented by Ted Borrego

When: Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 7:30am-8:30am
Where: Wortham Tower Cafeteria, 2727 Allen Pkwy at Waugh
What: "History of Buffalo Bayou from Memorial Park to Allens Landing" presented by Louis Aulbach.

When: Friday, April 17, 2015 | 8:00am-9:00am
Where: Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, 711 Louisiana, 23rd Floor
What: My other hometown. A panel of Dallas lawyers will present on the differences of practicing in Dallas County and Harris County

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 11:30am-1:00pm
Where: Tony's Restaurant, 3755 Richmond Ave.
What: How the Process Works Inside the Social Security Hearing Office.

When: Thursday, April 28, 2015 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
What: Utica oil and gas developments and legal issues presented by John K. Keller of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP.
Additional Information: RSVP by April 23, 2015

When: Thursday, April 28, 2015 | 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where: St. Arnold's Brewery, 2000 Lyons Avenue
What: Background checks and social media
Additional Information: Pre-registration required online at