This committee partners with Communities In Schools, Inc. to provide summer internships in the legal profession for high school students. HBA firms, corporations, and individuals are recruited by the committee to sponsor student interns. The committee plans and staffs enrichment activities for the students during the summer internship program as well as the Orientation and Program Celebration. At the end of the summer, the committee evaluates the internship program.

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The title slide of Law and Order: Summer Interns Unit


Several students stand in a single row in V formation, all facing the viewer
The 2019 CIS Interns gathered at South Texas College of Law Houston on June 10 for an orientation meeting to kickstart the program.


Students sit at tables while enjoying a presentation from a man in a light gray jacket. The slide projected behind the man reads 'Diversity & the Law'
Professor Tobin Sparling of STCLH taught his final law class before retirement to this year’s CIS Interns.


A man and a woman in professional attire stand next to one another and smile at the viewer
Two of the three HBA/CIS Committee co-chairs, Chanler Langham and Misty Gasiorowski, at the orientation meeting.


A group of high school students stand in two rows in front of a red wall. A mural of silhouetted scholars hangs on the wall above them.
CIS Interns visited the University of Houston on July 2 to gain insight from pre-law undergraduate students.


Two CIS students with three of the program organizers, standing together indoors and smiling at the viewer
The intern-supervisor team at Baker Botts L.L.P. Bill Kroger, a board member of both HBA and CIS Houston, stands with fellow attorneys Daryl General and Robert Downie.

CIS Interns stand facing the viewer, flanked by an adult on either side of the group
The CIS Interns were treated to a courtroom visit with the Hon. Vanessa Gilmore, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, pictured far right.


Students sit in chairs arranged in a circle with the judge
CIS Interns also visited the courtroom of the Hon. Kenneth Hoyt, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, pictured here in the black suit jacket.


Students sit on courtroom benches while being addressed by Judge Eric Andell, standing.
On June 26, CIS interns enjoyed a visit with 314th District Court Associate Judge Eric Andell.


Students sit in chairs before a seated judge. One student is standing, speaking.
Judges Tanya Garrison and Sandra Peake hosted the annual HBA/CIS Mock Trials on July 24.


Thank you to the offices that hired high school interns in the 2019 Summer Program!




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

2019-2020 Co-Chairs:
Misty Gasiorowski, Weycer Kaplan Pulaski & Zuber, P.C.
James Phillips, BakerHostetler LLP