Past Events

Past Events

Spring 2015
  • Second Annual Diversity Resume Review & Interviewing Workshop
    • Organized by OUTLaw, law students from all diverse backgrounds were paired with volunteer attorneys with similar diverse backgrounds to review each student's resume and to discuss job application and interviewing techniques.
    • The program was sponsored by and featured attorneys from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP and Baker Botts, L.L.P., and included additional attorneys from Norton Rose Fulbright, Haynes & Boone, Jackson Walker, L.L.P., and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP.
    • Photo Gallery
Fall 2015
  • Marriage Equality & Religious Freedom Debate
    • In collaboration with the Federalist Society, OUTLaw hosted a debate between Lorie Burch and Maggie Gallager on the subject of same-sex marriage and the right to religious freedom.
    • The debate was quite successful with over 60 students in attendance and a lively dialogue between the debaters.
  • Diversity & Inclusiveness in the Legal Profession
    • OUTLaw partnered with the Hispanic Law Students Association, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and Black Law Students Association to host a panel discussion on the topic of diveristy in the legal market.
    • Panelists included:
      • Omar Alaniz, Special Counsel, Baker Botts, L.L.P.
      • Elisabeth Wilson, Associate, Winstead, P.C.
      • John Trevino, Senior Attorney, Hewlett-Packard, Co.
      • Sean Hamada, Principal, Carter Scholer Arnett Hamada Mockler
Spring 2014
  • Minority Student Application and Interviewing Workshop
    • Organized by OUTLaw, law students from all diverse backgrounds were paired with volunteer attorneys with similar diverse backgrounds to review each student's resume and to discuss job application and interviewing techniques.
    • The program focused on effectively leveraging the student's diverse qualities as they enter the legal profession.
Fall 2013
  • Post-DOMA Panel
    • Attorneys were invited to discuss the social and legal impacts of the recent United States v. Windsor decision, which decalared as unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act's definition of marriage as between only a man and woman.
    • Panelists included:
      • Paul Catillo, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal
      • Steve Rudner, Board Members, Equality Texas
      • Timothy Thomas, Board Member, Human Rights Campaign Dallas-Fort Worth Steering Committee
      • Nicholas Palmer, Assistant City Attorney, City of Dallas
  • LGBT Career Panel
    • Attorneys from various areas of law discussed their experiences and answered student questions regarding the unique insights of LGBT individuals in the legal profession.
    • Panelists Included:
      • Omar Alaniz, Special Counsel, Baker Botts
      • Melissa Romig, General Counsel, American Airlines
      • Judge Barbara Rosenberg, Chief of Appellate Section, Dallas City Attorney's Office
      • John Horany, Solo Practitioner, John K. Horany, PC
    • Photo Gallery
Spring 2012
  • Spring Kick-off Party
    • OUTlaw students and faculty advisors enjoyed an informal get together including an update on spring semester events with food and drink at faulty advisor Omar Alaniz's home. 
  • Akin Gump Meet the Lawyers event
    • Student members of OUTlaw met attorneys from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld for a casual happy hour to network, discuss what it's like to work in a large, international law firm, and hear tips and tricks about succeeding in law school and in the Dallas legal community.
  • "It's All About the Children!" Family Law panel
    • OUTlaw and the Family Law Student Association presented a panel of speakers discussing various legal issues related to adoption, marriage, divorce, and community property laws in Texas. The event featured a panel of three distinguished speakers: Keith Griffin of the Griffin Firm, David Cole from the Little Flower adoption agency, and Michelle O'Neil from O'Neil & Attorneys spoke about the unique challenges that LGBT people and other non-traditional families face in the area of family law.
Fall 2011
  • Fall Kick-off Event
    • OUTlaw students and faculty advisors enjoyed an informal get together and overview 2012-13 school year programming. Attendees enjoyed food and drinks at an OUTLAW member's home.
  • Women in Law Panel Discussion
    • OUTlaw, in conjunction with the Women in Business organization through the SMU Cox Business School, hosted a panel of four female professions from diverse backgrounds. The panel included Melissa Romig, a partnered lesbian who discussed work/life balance as a member of the LGBT community.
  • Marriage Debate
    • OUTlaw and the Federalist Society presented a debate on the topic of gay marriage that attracted over 90 students and faculty to hear the discussion of this important and timely topic. Speaking on behalf of OUTlaw and supporting gay marriage, Lorie Burch, a local Dallas probate attorney, debated with the Federalist Society's Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, who has a PhD in economics, about the potential legal and social benefits and consequences of legalizing gay marriage. The event was such a success and provoked such great legal discussion that the two student organizations will again present a same-sex marriage debate in Fall of 2013.
    • Photo Gallery
 
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