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Legal Fellowship Proves to Be Eye-opening Experience

I never imagined that I would spend a couple hours of my afternoon riding around in a 15-passenger van with my co-workers looking for strip clubs and brothels. I never thought I would visit a medium security prison with no air conditioning in southern Texas. And I never imagined that I would get to touch Beyoncé’s father’s beach house. Lucky for me, I had all of these experiences and many more as a law fellow at the nonprofit organization Children at Risk in Houston, Texas.

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Students Travel to Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

I had the honor at the end of October of traveling to the Washington, D.C., area with 10 law students who are interested in pursuing public interest careers.  We attended the annual Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, where the students had the opportunity to network with 120 employers and like-minded students from across the country.  Of course, no trip to D.C. would be complete without some sightseeing.  On Saturday morning, we toured the East Wing of the White House.  While we were in the Red Room we were able to see President Obama exit the White House and board Marine One. 

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Students Volunteer at Regional Food Bank

On August 14, 40 OU Law students volunteered at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for the third-annual OU Law Gives Back orientation event at the food bank.  More than one-quarter of the entering first-year class participated.  Students boxed 9,660 pounds of food in three hours, the equivalent of 7, 430 meals.  OU Law Gives Back is organized each year by Students for Access to Justice, the student-driven pro bono and public interest group at the College of Law.  This year's student coordinator was Harrison Kosmider ('14). 

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Students Recognized at Annual Pro Bono Awards Reception

On April 19, OU Law students were recognized for their volunteer hours at the Annual Pro Bono Awards Reception. In addition, more than $20,000 worth of summer fellowships were awarded to students doing public interest work.

The students and faculty below each have given in excess of 25 hours of law-related service since April 2011.

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Summer Fellowship Applications Due Friday

Are you doing unpaid or low-paid public interest work this summer?  Students for Access to Justice, the OU Legal Clinic, and the OU College of Law are committed to supporting students who embody the University of Oklahoma motto by working Civi et Reipublicae – for the citizen, and for the state.   We are sponsoring more than $13,000 worth of summer fellowship funding this summer.  Applications are due Friday and are available at student services or by emailing etbangs@ou.edu.

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