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In Their Own Words - PILSA Career Fair

Students who believe public service is going to be an essential part of their legal career were right at home among the many employers at The University of Oklahoma College of Law’s Public Interest Career Fair.  The Career Development Office and the Public Interest Law Student Association (PILSA) hosted the Public Interest Career Fair in the Kerr Student Lounge at OU Law. On February 25, tables of employers lined the first floor to greet law students and introduce them to their perspective organizations.

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Professor Backus Bringing more Pro Bono Opportunities to OU Law

For OU Law Professor Mary Sue Backus, this summer has meant cultivating more pro bono opportunities for students.  She has attended trainings for two separate pro bono programs, The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program and the Clemency Project 2014.

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program provides veterans and other VA claimants with free attorney representation in appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The claimants are veterans who have been previously denied by the VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals. 

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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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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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