Student Spotlight: Law Student Gains Experience at Colorado and Texas Supreme Courts
Cassidy Woodard intends to provide legal representation to ranchers in the beef industry.
Written by Megan Ketterer
Cassidy Woodard and Justice Phil Johnson, a Texas Tech Law School alumnus.
Name: Cassidy Woodard
Hometown: Calhan, Colo.
Major: Law school student
Classification: 2L – Class of 2015
Internship:Judicial Intern at the Colorado Supreme Court for the Honorable Brian D. Boatright and Judicial Intern at the Texas Supreme Court for the Honorable Phil Johnson
How did you find out about this internship?
For the Colorado Supreme Court, I learned about the internship from a post from the Court’s website. For the Texas Supreme Court, I learned about the opportunity from the Career Services Center at Texas Tech University School of Law.
What was the application and interview process like?
For both internships, I submitted a cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample.
What kind of work do you do for your employer?
My largest role was researching and writing memorandums to the courts, which helped determine if a case presents significant issues and needed to be decided by the court. Some of my smaller assignments included editing, conducting citation checks, and performing legal research as needed by the clerks.
How has Texas Tech prepared you for this opportunity?
The Legal Practice (LP) program at Texas Tech is excellent. I cannot say enough good things about it and how it prepared me for this summer. Without LP, I would not have known near enough about legal writing to succeed in my internship roles this summer.
What have you learned from this experience?
I learned how to put the skills from law school to work in a real-life setting. It is a rewarding experience to put the skills learned from my legal writing class to good use. Additionally, the internships taught me about the judicial process and the importance of upholding the integrity of the law in maintaining justice. It is incredible to get an up-close look at the development of the law from the highest courts in Colorado and Texas.
How will this experience help you in your future career?
This summer has helped me focus on my legal writing skills, which will pay off in when I graduate and start practicing law. I’ve always heard that the mark of a good lawyer is in their writing ability. Thus, it has been an honor to spend the summer learning from some of the best writers in the judicial systems of both Colorado and Texas. I’m going to strive to put the legal writing skills I’ve learned this summer to good use as I move ahead in the legal profession.
What advice would you give to other students about the internship experience?
Go for it. You never know about applying for internships until you try. Internships are a great way to make connections in your field of interest. Networking is everything and internships are a great way to make connections in the industry you want to be in.
What do you hope to do in the future?
After graduating from law school, I plan to enter the agricultural industry again. Specifically, I want to work in the beef industry. Ranchers across the country have a growing need for legal representation because they face an increasing number of problems with government over-regulation, special interest groups, water and land-use issues, and estate planning. I hope to serve as a representative for ranchers in agricultural policy or to work directly with farmers and ranchers to assist with their specific legal needs.
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