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U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Tribal Justice Internship Exceeds Expectations

This semester I have had the amazing opportunity to work at the U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ) in Washington, D.C. OTJ is the primary point of contact between the Department of Justice and all of the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes. OTJ maintains liaison with those tribes while promoting the internal uniformity of the Department on policies and litigating positions on matters relating to Indian Country.

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My First Weeks at L/CID

The first weeks of my D.C. externship at L/CID (Legal Advisor’s Office – International Claims and Investment Disputes) were a whirlwind!  It's sort of like initiation.  You feel lost, like you belong, like you made the right decision, like you have no idea what you're doing. You notice that it takes about a week to even gain access to the whole system, then realize you actually are making progress on your first project and then... you realize it's all going to be a-okay. Better even.

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OU Alumni in D.C. Series: Cleta Deatherage Mitchell

Cleta Deatherage Mitchell (’75) has lived in Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years. Born in northeast Oklahoma City in 1950, Mitchell graduated from Classen High School before attending OU as an undergraduate and a law student.  

While at OU, Mitchell worked for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and consequently, interacted with many members of the Oklahoma Legislature. A long-held interest in politics blossomed as she spent hours at the Capitol watching, listening and talking with legislators.

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OU Alumni in D.C. Series: Glenn Carter

Robert “Glenn” Carter (’11) of Norman, Oklahoma, landed a job as an advising attorney at the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Working in the Office of Appellate Operations, Carter was told he was chosen for the position based upon his mock and moot court experience.  

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OU Alumni in D.C. Series: Tiffany Drake

Tiffany Drake (’11) of Arlington, Texas, works as a patent examiner for the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. Working in a fast-paced environment, her job consists essentially of analyzing patent applications for their patentability by searching for prior art that would anticipate the claimed inventions, conducting attorney and inventor interviews, and writing office actions in response to the applications.  

“With regards to examination, I was surprised to find out how much research and consideration are required in very short amounts of time,” Drake explained.

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