Communities In Schools

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"We are working together providing enriching environments in which at-risk students can work, learn, and be inspired by legal professionals." - Tanya Urban, Gibbs & Bruns LLP

Every year, the HBA partners with Communities In Schools of Houston to provide summer employment opportunities to outstanding junior and senior students at local at-risk high schools. In addition to a paid 8-week internship, participating employees enjoy visits to local courts and law schools, mock trials, networking and mentorship mixers, skills classes, and a celebration at the end of the program.

View HBA/CIS Program Description | Download legal intern job description

 

Thank you to those who have hosted online enrichment programs for this year's HBA/CIS interns

HBA/CIS Interns in an online meeting with UHLC Pipeline Director

Kristen M. Guiseppi,
Director, Pipeline Programs at University of Houston Law Center
July 2

 

Video footage of Humberto Padilla Gonzalez of Morgan Lewis
HBA/CIS Interns video conferencing with Morgan Lewis law firm

"Being a Lawyer in the New Normal" with James Nortey, Samantha Hughes, Catherine Eschbach, Humberto Padilla Gonzalez, Vanessa Garza, and Norma Orozco of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
July 9

Virtual conference with CIS Interns and Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess

Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess
July 8

 

Virtual conference with CIS Interns and US District Court Judge Gilmore

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore
July 13

 

Virtual conference with CIS Interns and US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Elrod

U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod
July 20

 

Thank you to this year's CIS employers!

  • Blank Rome LLP
  • Dobrowski, Larkin & Stafford LLP
  • Federation of Teachers
  • Gibbs & Bruns LLP
  • Gray Reed & McGraw LLP
  • Jackson Walker LLP
  • Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
  • Reynolds Frizzell LLP
  • Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C.

The HBA partners with Communities In Schools of Houston to provide summer legal internships to deserving 11th and 12th grade at-risk students who have an interest in the legal profession. This program also includes enrichment activities for all student applicants, such as hearing from lawyers and judges about the legal profession, virtual visits to law schools, law firms, and courts, and a moot court experience. Hired applicants will also enjoy a virtual orientation, an attorney mentor, and a program celebration at the end of the summer session.

 

 

 


 

2019-2020 Co-Chairs:

Misty Gasiorowski, Weycer Kaplan Pulaski & Zuber, P.C.
James Phillips, BakerHostetler LLP

2020-2021 Co-Chairs:

Pamela Medina, Medina Law Texas, PLLC
Agape Ogbonda, Airswift

For more information on this committee, contact Bonnie Simmons at bonnies@hba.org or (713) 759-1133.