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.


Thank you, 2021 participants!

Hiring employers

Judith Brokaw and Associates, PC
Dobrowski, Larkin & Stafford LLP
The Ericksen Law Firm PLLC
Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Gray Reed & McGraw LLP
Locke Lord LLP
Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, PC
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Earl Carl Institute for Legal & Social Policy, Inc. – Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Texas Southern University- Office of General Counsel
Harris County District Clerk
First Court of Appeals
Hon. Meagan Hassan - 14th Court of Appeals

Student sponsors

Baker Botts L.L.P.
BakerHostetler LLP
Caldwell Boudreaux
Chanler Langham
Communities In Schools of Houston
Erica Harris
Hilary Tyson
Jenkins & Kamin LLP
Jonathan Pelayo
Jones Day LLP
Pamela Medina
The Law Offices of Hilda L. Sibrian, P.C.
Susman Godfrey L.L.P.





2021-2022 Co-Chairs:

Daniella Landers, Reed Smith LLP
Greg Ulmer, BakerHostetler LLP
Alex Weatherford, Rapp & Krock, P.C.

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