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Ariell Ojumah, J.D.    

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Admitted, Texas

Austin Bar Association

Austin Young Lawyers Association

Austin Bar Association Environmental Law Section

San Antonio Bar Association 

San Antonio Young Lawyers Association

Austin Bar Association Environmental Law Section

Texas Longhorn Foundation Member

 

EDUCATION

University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX Juris Doctor May 2014

  • Law Student Scholar, ABA Environment, Energy, and Resources 2013, 2012 Summer Public Interest Fellow Senior Editor, Journal of Consumer and Commercial Law Student Attorney, Adoption Legal Clinic Editor, Judicial Update Texas Water Law Conference Paper Certified Mediator

 

Columbia University, New York, NY Master of Science in Social Work, Minor in Law May 2008

  • Research Assistant, Columbia Law School, Professor Jeffrey A. Fagan, Ph.D. Study-Abroad Summer Spanish Program, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

 

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences May 2006 

 

EXPERIENCE

United States Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Law Clerk, Environmental Enforcement Section, Washington, DC

June – August 2013

  • Conducted substantive legal research and drafted complaints at the request of the EPA to enforce environmental federal regulations, such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act

  • Drafted proofs of claims to protect monetary obligations owed to the US by responsible entities filing for bankruptcy

  • Prepared briefing memoranda to assist the Attorney General in making decisions about whether to pursue litigation

  • Examined inline inspection data and other documents related to pipeline corrosion and permit violations; used data to compile comprehensive flow charts and spreadsheets depicting findings for use in settlement negotiation meetings

 

Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Law Clerk, Check Fraud Division, Houston, TX 

August – November 2012

  • Negotiated plea agreements and client restitution payments with guidance from supervising prosecutor

  • Obtained reports of check fraud directly from crime victims and submitted warrant requests to the District Attorney

 

United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas, Law Clerk, Appellate Division, Houston, TX

June – August 2012

  • Drafted briefs and conducted legal research for appellate criminal cases, including an en banc proceeding in the 5th

  • Circuit and responded to post-conviction matters from the Southern District of Texas

  • Judged mock oral arguments related to statutory construction, Constitutional issues, and procedural matters

 

298th Civil District Court, Judicial Intern for the Honorable Emily Tobolowsky, Dallas, TX

May – June 2012

  • Assisted with various civil trials, hearings, and other court-related services

  • Enhanced knowledge of the function and structure of the judicial system and its relationship to the entire legal system

  • Texas Defender Service, Houston, TX August 2009 – August 2011

  • Mitigation Specialist

  • Interviewed clients, witnesses, and previous jurors in capital habeas corpus proceedings

  • Performed legal research and drafted memoranda detailing possible mitigating evidence, including mental health issues

 

Communities in Schools of Central Texas, Caseworker, Austin, Texas

August 2008 – August 2009

  • Conducted home visits and coordinated family events and field trips within budgetary guidelines

  • Developed and implemented proactive individual and group counseling plans for forty students