UH Law Center 'Fellows' share experiences from local, global internships

University of Houston Law Center students summarized their public interest fellowships at a lunch with Dean Leonard M. Baynes in the Hendricks Heritage Room.

Nov. 1, 2016 - University of Houston Law Center students who spent their summer working at non-profit, public interest agencies and government offices shared their success stories last week during a lunch with Dean Leonard M. Baynes in the Hendricks Heritage Room.

"It was great to hear all the tremendous experiences our students had around the world," Baynes said. "The internship experience is something which will remain with students forever. For some, it has led to a job after graduation, but in all cases, it provides vital work experience, which will enhance gaining to legal employment after graduation."
Twenty-five Law Center students were awarded fellowships from the school to work this summer at non-profit, public interest agencies and government offices. An additional 10 students spent the summer abroad as "Global Fellows," working for similar agencies in Canada, India, Mexico and Panama.

The fellowship was established to provide work experience in the public interest legal community, thereby instilling an excitement and commitment to public service in Law Center students and graduates.

The Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program is organized by the Law Center's Career Development Office.

"The Career Development Office always promotes gaining legal experience both locally and abroad," said Senior Career Specialist Anne Elise Doise. "Not only does it provide them eye opening, real world legal experience, but the relationships they develop with their host organization and attorney supervisors have proved to be fruitful connections as they continue to navigate the legal market.

"Whether these relationships lead to future employment, other internship opportunities, or a mentorship relationship, the public interest and global fellows walk away from these opportunities with more than a resume with a new skill set – they leave with a connection and a network to the legal community that will serve them throughout their legal career." 

The Public Interest Fellowship program is open to all 1Ls, 2Ls, and part-time 3Ls in good academic standing. Each applicant must arrange his or her own position with an organization or agency. Fellows receive $400 a week for working 35-40 hours per week for a minimum of five weeks and a maximum of 10.

Click here for more information about the Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program.

2016 Fellowship Awardees

Candace Ashford
Candace Ashford
Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (Dpt. of Health and Human Services),D.C.
Paige Bailey
Paige Bailey
City Attorney's Office, League City
Christina Beeler
Christina Beeler
Lone Star Legal Aid
Cornelia Brandfield-Harvey
Cornelia Brandfield-Harvey
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho
Simone Bray
Simone Bray
Department of Justice - ENRD
Rachel Carter
Rachel Carter
Juvenile Capital Advocacy Project
Kevin Cirronella
Kevin Cirronella
Harris County District Attorney's Office
Kourtney Collins
Kourtney Collins
Texas Attorney General's Office
Kalina Dalal
Kalina Dalal
Children at Risk
Bobby Dale
Bobby Dale
Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
Melanie Fridgant
Melanie Fridgant
Texas Civil Rights Project
Alexis Guadaramma
Alexis Guadaramma
Human Rights First
Caroline Ibrahim
Caroline Ibrahim
Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
Zeinab Kachmar
Zeinab Kachmar
UTMB - Galveston
Brittnie Lasatar
Brittnie Lasatar
Houston Methodist Hospital
Brandon Lee
Brandon Lee
Department of Veterans Affairs
David Lopez
David Lopez
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Josh Mathews
Josh Mathews
Lakewood Church
Jonathan Miller
Jonathan Miller
City of Pearland/Court Prosecutor
Karla Perez
Karla Perez
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Tiffany Persaud
Tiffany Persaud
The Museum of Fine Arts
Rachel Sullivan
Rachel Sullivan
Disability Rights Texas
Tressa Surrat
Tressa Surrat
Texas Innocence Network - Captial Division
Christopher Vartian
Christopher Vartian
Texas Attorney General's Office
Xiliang  Zhang
Xiliang "Jay" Zhang
Texas Innocence Network - Captial Division
     

 

2016 Global Fellowship

Fernando Basilio
Fernando Basilio 1L
México's National Hydrocarbons Comission (CNH), Mexico City
Ernesto Danache
Ernesto Danache 1L
PEMEX, Mexico City
Julian Dominguez
Julian Dominguez 2L
Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Montreal, Quebec
Gloriana Gonzalez
Gloriana Gonzalez 1L
Center for ADR Methods at the Supreme Court of Panama
Hellieth Guzman
Hellieth Guzman 2L
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Mexico City
Sara Roque
Sara Roque 1L
México's National Hydrocarbons Comission (CNH), Mexico City
Carlos Ruiz
Carlos Ruiz 1L
México's National Hydrocarbons Comission (CNH), Mexico City
Julia Valencia
Julia Valencia 1L
PEMEX, Mexic City
Camille Van Kote
Camille Van Kote 2L
Womens' Global Network for Reproductive Rights, Mexico City
Victor Zertuche
Victor Zertuche 2L
National Green Tribunal, New Delhi, India
   

 

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