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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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Come to the 9th Annual SATJ Pro Bono and Public Interest Career Fair

The 9th Annual Students for Access to Justice (SATJ) Pro Bono and Public Interest Career Fair will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 19 in Kerr Lounge. The fair brings employers from government, non-profit, and military organizations from Oklahoma, Texas, and even Missouri to campus – each sharing information about their services with students. More importantly, employers attend the fair to find students to partner with them in serving the public. Several employers have collected resumes ahead of time and will be conducting interviews during the fair.

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3L Rayshon Payton Shares D.C. Experience, Interning at White House

One current law student has gotten a taste of working in Washington, D.C., and is focused on eventually returning. Third-year student Rayshon Payton completed a summer internship in D.C. where he worked in the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Payton refers to that office as the “open front door to the White House.” The individuals who work there create and coordinate opportunities for a dialogue between the Obama administration and the public. One of the duties of the office is to host political forums and other outreach events.

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Student Acquires Valuable Experience from Internship in Prosecutor’s Office

This summer, I gained experience interning at the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. I was assigned to the family violence division. The caseload consisted of all misdemeanor domestic assaults, terroristic threats, and violations of protective orders. My work there has provided me the opportunity to prepare motions, conduct legal research and receive actual courtroom experience. I performed multiple non-jury trials, questioned witnesses, admitted evidence, and argued law. I discussed cases with victims and analyzed jail calls. I subpoenaed and prepared cases for trial.

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Internship Experience Shapes Student’s Career Plans

This summer, I had the opportunity to work at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas in the child support division, and it was a wonderful experience. I worked closely with the legal team, learning the ins and outs of child support and the IV-D courts. Every Wednesday, our office had a docket of around 75 cases, and I was in charge of preparing all of the cases for the docket. I spent a good portion of my internship observing, both in court and in the office. This was the most valuable part of the entire experience.

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