Student Acquires Valuable Experience from Internship in Prosecutor’s Office

January 15, 2013 | By Zachary Bidner, Class of 2013, Recipient of Cindy Foley Memorial Indigent Defense Fellowship and David L. Boren and Molly Shi Boren Public Service Fellowship

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. 

This summer has provided me with an even broader range of understanding of the legal system. Working for the Travis County District Attorney’s Office gave me an invaluable opportunity to learn the art of being a prosecutor by observing plea negotiations. I was given a snapshot into the workings of a county attorney’s office. Additionally, I learned the ethical responsibilities of a prosecutor. The Boren Fellowship enabled me to live in the Austin area this summer and helped offset my expenses. These experiences have solidified my interest in working in the public sector.

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