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Hylights

Hylights

By Houston Young Lawyers Association
The Houston Young Lawyers Association proudly presents Hylights, a podcast that spotlights issues affecting the legal profession. Join HYLA Directors Patrick Aana and Femi Aborisade in conversations with members of the local legal community, discussing topics, stories, and experiences related to the practice of law in Houston.

If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be interviewed on the podcast, please contact Patrick and Femi at hylightspodcast@gmail.com.
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Ukraine and International Law
Anna DeMaggio is a foreign-trained lawyer with a background in international studies and she joins us on Hylights to give her perspective on the ongoing war in Ukraine. Anna is from Ukraine but came to the United States over 10 years ago to do an LLM.  She has lived in Houston for many years, currently working as counsel at Orion Group Holdings, Inc. Despite being born in Ukraine when it was part of the USSR, growing up there after the end of the Cold War, and going to law school at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, not even Anna expected a war like this to ever take place. Nevertheless, Anna is uniquely positioned to give us insight into the changes the country has undergone since the end of the Cold War, as well as into the war, discussing its historical context and its import on international law and policy. In addition to now being a voice for the Ukrainian community in Houston, at Orion Group Holdings, Anna works with the project teams, operations, and management on contracting, compliance and claims prevention, management, and defense for the company’s concrete segment, TAS Concrete Construction, LLC.  Anna has also been involved in various community activities, including HYLA’s Professional Development Committee, the Houston Bar Association, Chicago Women’s Alliance, and a number of pro bono efforts pertaining to immigration. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young  Lawyers Association! If you have any comments or questions, or if you  would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us   at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
58:46
May 18, 2022
Poetic Justice
Many litigators would agree with the notion that presenting a case before a jury and judge can feel like an emphatic performance, but few have truly performed in the way that Zachary Caballero has.  Zachary has a personal injury practice where he advocates and fights on behalf of injured Texans and families due to the negligence of others.  In addition to being a lawyer, Zachary is also a nationally recognized, award-winning poet.  Zachary was featured on Huff Post Latino Voices, as one of the Top 10 Spoken Word Poets who Speak to Diverse Latino Issues and in the Texas Bar Journal for his story as a poet and lawyer. Join  Patrick and Femi as they talk to Zachary about his poetic origins in middle school, discovering that he not only was able to tell a story – but that  he had a story – and how this passion came to be his greatest asset in his legal practice.  We also discuss Zachary’s involvement in the legal community, which include having held board  positions on HYLF and HYLA and co-founding the Stories of First Generation Attorneys Podcast. You can view one of Zachary’s poems, “Reasons to Live,” at https://cabbythepoet.com/2020/04/02/1-30-reasons-to-live/, and can view other works from Zachary at cabbythepoet.com. Listen to the Stories of First Generation Attorneys Podcast here: https://tinyurl.com/2p96myv7. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young  Lawyers Association! If you have any comments or questions, or if you  would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us   at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
57:47
May 12, 2022
Projects in Texas, and Beyond!
Lindsey Swiger is a project development, energy, and infrastructure attorney, working as a senior associate in the projects group at Norton Rose Fulbright. She joins Femi and Patrick on the podcast to talk to us about exactly what a "Projects" attorney is and the scope of this rapidly growing practice in Texas. Lindsey puts it briefly: she builds things--and she loves seeing the things she works on manifest in the real world. With experience in conventional and renewable energy, Lindsey paints a great picture of what it's like to be a senior associate in a projects practice.  This picture is rounded out by her career path--she started at a big law firm, went in house at a large energy company, and then found her way back to a big firm--and her candid discussion of career moves, work-life balance, and self-care. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association! If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
54:55
April 19, 2022
International Arbitration in Houston
Imad Khan is an international disputes lawyer who works as an associate at Winston & Strawn--while he's not from Houston, he tells Femi and Patrick how he made his way here and why Houston is one of the top cities to practice international arbitration.  Imad first moved to Houston right out of law school at Washington University.  He worked at a firm here for a couple of years, then went on to practice in Washington D.C. for several years, before returning to Houston.  Throughout all of these steps, international arbitration has been the focus of his practice.  He gives us a great overview of international arbitration (the kinds of cases and industries it involves) and also talks to us about the passions and activities that have helped build on his practice (Imad is heavily involved in a number of international arbitration associations and serves as an adjunct professor at his alma mater). The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association! If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us  at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
50:47
April 05, 2022
Texas Guardianship Law and a Houston Need
Looking forward to HYLA's Pro Bono Guardianship Project, in partnership with Houston Volunteer Lawyers, Femi and Patrick are joined by Stephanie Sommerlatte and Henry Sturm of HVL.  Stephanie and Henry join us to talk about the state of guardianship law in Texas and the importance of guardianship cases--and the need for volunteer attorneys to help out with them.  In the majority of these taken by HVL, clients are parents of children with disabilities, who are turning 18.  A guardianship is needed to ensure that a parent can continue to make necessary decisions on behalf of their child. HYLA is partnering with HVL for its Pro Bono Guardianship Project in an effort to mobilize its members to take on a case.  The project will kick off on March 24th, but interested attorneys are welcome to volunteer afterwards as well.  Stephanie and Henry will be helping guide attorneys through their cases.  For morn information, please go to HYLA's website (hyla.org) or email Kelly Hanen (kelly.hanen@bakerbotts.com).  You can also contact HVL at their website (https://www.makejusticehappen.org/) or email Stephanie (stephanie.sommerlatte@hvlp.org) Stephanie has been an attorney at HVL for over 10 years, spending now several of those years as a Supervising Attorney and Supervising Attorney for Medical Legal Partnerships, where she works on many guardianship cases.  Henry is a pro bono fellow for Hunton Andrews Kurth; he is in his second year working with HVL and has work on a variety of different kinds of cases and projects during this time. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association! If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
50:30
March 15, 2022
Service and the President-Elect of HYLA
Kelly Hanen is a trial attorney at Baker Botts LLP and the current President-Elect of HYLA.  She joins Femi and Patrick to discuss her practice, pro bono work, and involvement in HYLA over the years.  Femi and Patrick also ask her about her goals for her terms as President in the coming year, where she mentions that one of her focuses will be on the "Service" component of HYLA's mission.  She highlights an upcoming Pro Bono Guardianship Project that HYLA is undertaking, in partnership with Houston Volunteer Lawyers, and also gives a bit of insight into what it was like to grow up with two parents that were lawyers--one a federal judge, and another that was one of the first women at a large Houston firm and the first to own a female-owned law practice in Houston!  Kelly's term will begin on June 1, 2022. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association! If you have any comments or questions, or if you  would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
49:04
March 09, 2022
Chanler Langham, the Titan of Trial
Chanler Langham is a trial attorney and partner at Susman Godfrey LLP, a premier boutique litigation firm in Houston.  His practice focuses on litigation and arbitration on high-profile matters, ranging from antitrust, oil and gas, executive compensation, intellectual property and more.  Join Patrick and Femi as we discuss Chanler's incredible journey to the legal field and his practice as a dedicated trial attorney, what challenges he has overcome as a Black attorney in Houston, his favorite sci-fi and Japanese films, and more! The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association! If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
51:15
February 22, 2022
Franchises, Dealers, and Cars (Oh My!)
Despite the fact that restaurant franchises and car dealerships are a consistent presence in our lives, many people--lawyers included--don't know or don't understand the special laws governing these entities and their contractual relationships.  Lisa Virgen joins Femi and Patrick on the podcast to introduce us to this area of the law--distribution and franchise law--a practice she has had the unique opportunity to explore and develop during her time as a litigation associate at BakerHostetler.  Specifically, Lisa talks about the relationship between car dealers and car manufacturers.  She discusses the history, policy, and effect of these laws, and the challenges and issues raised by current developments in the industry, including supply shortages and electric vehicles.   The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
52:16
February 09, 2022
Fifth Circuit Clerk moves to Houston
Amber Magee joins Femi and Patrick to talk about her experience as a clerk and her transition to being an associate.  Amber's transition not only brings for her a new job, but also a new city.  After finishing law school in 2020, she clerked for Judge Carl Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in Shreveport, Louisiana.  She moved to Houston after her clerkship to begin her position as an associate at Susman Godfrey.  Amber provides thoughtful insight on the clerkship application process and her experience int hat position, outlining three main considerations that prospective applicants should consider.  She also talks us through her decision to both accept a position at a litigation boutique and move to Houston, a city she had never lived in before.   The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young  Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you  would   like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at  hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
46:20
January 26, 2022
HYLA President Alvin Adjei and the Day of Service
Patrick and Femi start off 2022 with a conversation with HYLA President, Alvin Adjei.  Alvin, who started his term in June 2021, checks in with Patrick and Femi halfway through his presidential term to talk HYLA and his involvement with the organization over the years, as well as some new developments this year.  He highlights a project he is particularly excited about that epitomizes HYLA's mission for service: the 2022 MLK Day of Service. The 2022 MLK Day of Service, presented by the Day of Service Committee, is a week-long program dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., starting on Tuesday, January 11.  The program kicks off with the Allyship Book Club and continues through Saturday, January 15th with a CLE event and various volunteering opportunities.  Members can find more information and RSVP at https://www.hyla.org/. Alvin Adjei is a partner and co-founder of Burrit Adjei PLLC, a  personal injury law firm here in Houston.  This is his second time on the Hylights Podcast.  He first spoke with Patrick and Femi in the October 6, 2020 episode "Starting a Law Firm," where he discussed his career path from law school, interning and working at the Harris County, moving into private practice and ultimately starting his own firm.  You can listen to that episode here: https://anchor.fm/hylights/episodes/Starting-A-Law-Firm--pt--1-ekjgh1. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers  Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would  like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at  hylightspodcast@gmail.com.
46:41
January 04, 2022
Restoring Justice with Neha Dubey and Eric Sundin
Join Patrick and Femi as they speak with non-profit attorneys Neha Dubey and Eric Sundin!  Neha and Eric are attorneys at Restoring Justice, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Houston, Texas that provides holistic and client-centered representation to marginalized members of the Houston community facing criminal charges.  The stated goal for Restoring Justice is “to end mass incarceration one client and heart at a time.”  Learn more about the non-profit here: www.restoringjustice.org The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would   like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
48:50
November 16, 2021
The General Counsel, with Brandy Copley
On this episode of Hylights, Patrick and Femi chat with Brandy Copley, who is Senior Legal Counsel overseeing M&A and Finance at PTTGC America LLC.  Join them as they discuss her role as senior legal counsel for Thailand’s largest company, the company’s use of “circular economy principles” to conduct long-term, sustainable business strategies, how she led a massive international transaction that spanned over nearly every continent, her dedication to helping young diverse and women attorneys progress in their careers, some of the benefits to amassing a wide range of skills and more! The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
40:13
November 02, 2021
We're Going In-House! (Part 1)
HYLIGHTS IS BACK! Join Patrick and Femi as they speak to Sabra Thomas, an in-house counsel in the Finance and Development department for EDP Renewables.  Learn about how she transitioned from law firm life to working in-house for an energy company, as well as her advice for those who are looking to take the same path. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would   like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at  hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
41:40
October 12, 2021
The Maritime Lawyer: Lawyer of the Sea and Energy
Utsav Mathur is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in the Houston office, where he is a shipping, offshore energy, and global disputes lawyer.  On this episode, he talks to Patrick about his career as a maritime lawyer.  As the son of a captain who had the chance to spend time at sea growing up, Utsav was a young lawyer in Houston who raised his hand and volunteered to tackle maritime issues that arose in his matters.  Today, it is 100% of what he does.  In our conversation, he breaks down the fundamentals of maritime law and the industries and disputes where it arises.  He also talks to us about recent trends and events in the industry, from offshore wind farms to the recent obstruction of the Suez Canal.   This episode is part of a collaboration with Behind the Lines: The Houston Lawyer Podcast, a podcast of the Houston Bar Association (https://behind-the-lines-the-houston-lawyer.buzzsprout.com/930415).  On April 21, it released an episode on "Energy and the Environment," featuring informative segments on the February 2021 winter storm, cryptocurrency, and electric vehicles.  On our Hylights episode today, we focus on maritime law, which, as Utsav demonstrates, is relevant to the economy of the Houston Ship Channel and offshore energy projects for both carbon-based and, increasingly, renewable forms of energy.  The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers  Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would   like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at  hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
41:55
May 06, 2021
The Chair of NBLSA
Anthony Collier is a 2L at the University of Texas School of Law and the G. Rollie White Public Service Scholar. He is the outgoing President of the Student Bar Association and was recently elected as the Chair of the National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA), a term which he began in April.  Anthony talks to Femi and Patrick about being a student leader--at his law school and in NBLSA, the largest student-run nonprofit organization in the country--and the challenges he's faced and the accomplishments he's achieved during this difficult time for the country. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would  like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
41:20
April 22, 2021
The Federal Public Defender!
Phil Gallagher is the Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Texas, who has been practicing in the Houston area for nearly two decades.  He is also the trial chief for the Houston Office.  On this episode of HYLIGHTS, Patrick and Femi get a glimpse of Phil's day-to-day activities protecting federal defendants, the rigors of the job, and also get attuned to why he and his fellow colleagues continue to fight for our rights. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would  like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
37:19
April 13, 2021
Interview with TYLA Presidential Candidate Reginald Wilson
As part of a two-part series covering the Texas Young Lawyers Association candidates for President, Patrick and Femi interview Reginald "Reggie" Wilson, Jr. Wilson is a first-generation college graduate raised in Houston.  He works senior associate of Norton Rose Fulbright US in the public law practice group. Since 2017, Wilson has been the TYLA District 6, Place 5 director, where he serves as co-chair of the Law-Focused Education Committee and member of the Public Service in the Community and Attorney Wellness committees. For his service in TYLA, he received the distinguished Keith L. Krueger Leadership Award in 2020. He serves on firm committees focused on the recruitment, retention, and promotion of new attorneys. Wilson lives in Houston with his wife, Gabrielle, and their dog, Capone. He played football for the Fighting Tigers of Texas Southern University, where he was a two-time captain, and received his J.D. from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2015. Learn more about the TYLA state-wide elections here: https://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Elections The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers  Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would  like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at  hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
22:19
March 31, 2021
Interview with TYLA Presidential Candidate Michael Ritter
As part of a two-part series covering the Texas Young Lawyers Association candidates for President, Patrick and Femi interview Michael Ritter.  Ritter is a first generation lawyer born and raised in Austin.  He works in San Antonio as a career staff attorney on the Fourth Court of Appeals of Texas.  Ritter currently serves as Vice President of TYLA.  Over the years, he has been involved with a number of committees, including the Diversity, Mock Trial, and Local Affiliates committees.  Michael is the first candidate openly from the LGBTQ+ community to be nominated for a state-wide State Bar election in Texas.  He has nearly 40 legal publications and presentations on civil and criminal appellate law issues, bar service, and diversity in the law.  He lives in San Antonio with his husband, Dilshan, and their two rescue puppies, Lolo and Poncherello.  He completed his undergraduate at Trinity University and received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2010, after which he clerked for two state appellate courts.   Learn more about the TYLA state-wide elections here: https://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Elections The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers   Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would   like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/page-18141
23:05
March 31, 2021
The Judge-Clerk Relationship
The Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod is a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit with chambers in Houston. Femi and Patrick are joined by Judge Elrod (with a surprise appearance by a former clerk, and HYLA President, Krisina Zuniga). Judge Elrod talks to us about her journey to the Fifth Circuit bench, from clerk, to Baker Botts associate, and then to state judge. From her own experience as a clerk and with the help of her own clerk, Krisina, she gives us insight into the importance of clerkships and the judge-clerk relationship. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would  like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
45:31
March 25, 2021
The Joy of Clerking!
Maryam Ghaffar is a law clerk for Justice John Philip Devine at the Texas Supreme Court.  Join Patrick and Femi as they hear about Maryam's journey through applying, interviewing and surviving her first year of clerking (especially during the pandemic!), prepping for her second clerkship in the Southern District of Texas, as well as her tips and tricks for first-gen, Asian-American women who endeavor to go through this process as well. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would  like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
40:32
March 19, 2021
The Fabulous Judge: An Interview with Judge Vanessa Gilmore
Sometimes an opportunity comes when you least expect it—even if you knew it was meant for you all along.  When the Honorable Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore was offered the nomination to the federal bench, it came as a shock not because she didn’t think she wasn’t qualified – because she knew she was – but because she was on the nominating committee herself! Judge Gilmore is a U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.  She was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, and was confirmed by the Senate that same year.  At the time of her appointment and confirmation, Judge Gilmore, a black woman and graduate from Hampton University, was the youngest sitting federal judge in the country.  And now, after a thrilling legal career spanning over forty years, the judge plans to retire from the bench and take on the next phase of her life. Join Patrick and Femi as they hear about Judge Gilmore’s stunning career in the legal field, her dedication to public service and raising her son while maintaining a bustling legal docket.  As a person who describes herself as "fabulous," they also get insight into Judge's views on staking one's “claim to fame” and living one's life to the fullest outside of their career.   The HYLIGHTS Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com.  Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
01:05:09
March 02, 2021
Level the Playing Field!
Alexei Segall and Akina Newbraugh, both capital markets associates at Sidley Austin LLP, are co-founders of the Playing Field Project Foundation, a non-profit organization tasked with increasing the rate of diverse admissions to esteemed law schools across the United States.  The organization's motto is that "equal justice cannot happen without equitable assistance." Join Patrick and Femi as talk to Alexei and Akina about how they started the Playing Field Project, the current issues that diverse law school candidates from lower socioeconomic backgrounds face as they apply to law school compared to their white counterparts, and how the non-profit's goal of expanding the pool of qualified candidates to law school can lead to a more just and equitable society for all Americans.   Learn more about the Playing Field Project: https://theplayingfieldproject.org/ Learn more about Leg Up Legal, The Playing Field Project's sister organization: https://www.leguplegal.com/ The HYLIGHTS Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
48:58
February 23, 2021
Fall Grades and the Job Search!
Femi and Patrick chat with Cece Burbach (3L at South Texas College of Law Houston), Joe Holloway (2L at University of Houston Law Center), and Arriyana Patton (2L at Thurgood Marshall School of Law).  All three are currently law students at Houston-area schools and serve as Student Directors on the HYLA Board of Directors, alongside Femi and Patrick.  Femi and Patrick ask their three guests a number of questions about the significance of 1L fall grades and what the internship-search looks like for 1L students.  Together, the five of them offer their insights and advice for 1Ls during this important time of the year.   The HYLIGHTS Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
01:12:08
February 09, 2021
S. O. S. (Save Our Ship Channel)
Terence O'Rourke is a life-long environmental attorney that currently serves as a Special Assistant County Attorney in the Harris County Attorney's Office. In addition to talking about his career in government and in environmental law, he joins Femi and Patrick on the podcast to discuss the environmental challenges Houston faces and and the legal forces at play.  Terry also discusses the potential, existential threat of future hurricanes-- as well as possible solutions, including the Galveston Bay Park Plan, a conservation project that has the potential to protect Houston from these grave dangers. You can read more about Terry and these topics by reading this Texas Monthly article from August 2020 (https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/houston-hurricane-ship-channel-orourke/) and reviewing the Galveston Bay Park Plan brochure (PDF).  In this article, Terry describes the environmental risks posed to Houston by the evolving global climate, mentioning that a future hurricane smashing into the numerous chemical facilities in the area could result in “America’s Chernobyl,” as a great enough storm surge can cause a “toxic pond” that can render Houston inhabitable for years to come. The HYLIGHTS Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
43:38
January 26, 2021
Bankruptcy and the Trustee!
Catherine Curtis is a Ch. 7 and Ch. 11 bankruptcy trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.  On this episode, we learn about the ins and outs of the bankruptcy practice, Catherine's interesting practice as a trustee, her background as a consumer bankruptcy attorney and get a rundown of her favorite restaurants in the South Texas area.  Catherine is partner at Pulman, Cappucio & Pullen LLP.  An avid presenter on bankruptcy topics, she sits on the planning committee for bankruptcy CLE events throughout the Southern District of Texas. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would  like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
49:02
December 08, 2020
The U.S. Attorney's Office!
Mitch Neurock is an Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas, in the Houston office.  In this episode, Patrick and Femi learn about Mitch's start as an AUSA role in Laredo, his love for appellate work, his transition to working in the Houston office, and more.  They also learn about Mitch's executive role as the office's lead in recruiting new AUSAs, supervising support staff, and coordinating with the U.S. Attorney and First Assistant U.S. Attorney on policy and strategy issues.  As Mitch began his legal career as a judge advocate (JAG) in the U.S. Air Force, they also get a taste of Mitch's ongoing military obligations as a Brigadier General. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would  like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
41:05
December 01, 2020
The First Year of Practice!
Ellen Denum, an immigration clerk for the Department of Justice, joins Patrick and Femi in the podcast studio for a very special episode of HYLIGHTS, in which the team discusses their first year of practice.  Tune in as they discuss the highs and lows they encountered in their first years, what they hope to achieve in the coming year, and how to purchase a car like a lawyer! The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers  Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would  like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at  hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
50:03
November 17, 2020
The 2020 October Bar Exam!
In this episode, Patrick talks with Mikayla McIntyre about her experience taking the 2020 October Bar Exam online.  Mikayla, a 2020 graduate from the University of Texas School of Law, previously spoke with Femi and Patrick about her concerns leading up to the exam (COVID-19 and the Bar Exam, pt. 3).  Here, she debriefs what the exam was like and what she is up to now.   The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers  Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would  like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at  hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
19:46
November 10, 2020
A Transactional Perspective
Patrick and Femi chat with John Furlow, a corporate partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  Throughout his career, John has focused his practice on a wide variety of commercial transactions, but his practice has consistently revolved around the energy industry.  On this episode, John talks about the role the energy industry plays in Houston and Texas and what it takes to be a successful associate and partner in transactional law.   The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers  Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would  like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at  hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
43:26
November 05, 2020
The Complex World of Litigation
Join Patrick and Femi as they chat with Lauren Brogdon, a senior associate at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP who practices complex commercial litigation.  On this episode, Lauren discusses her practice, the transition from a fresh-faced first-year litigation associate to a battle-hardened senior and navigating the world of motherhood while being a full-time attorney.  She also provides insight on how she remains resolute in the face of adversity and why she maintains a healthy pro bono caseload. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
37:42
October 29, 2020
The State of Voting Rights in Texas
Emily Eby is a voting rights staff attorney at the Texas Civil Rights Project here in Houston.  On this episode, Emily informs Patrick and Femi on her work for the TCRP, discusses the hard-to-define topic of voter suppression, highlights the new developments coming out of the Harris County Clerk's office regarding the upcoming election, and more!  You can learn more about the TCRP at https://txcivilrights.org/. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
31:05
October 13, 2020
Starting A Law Firm! pt. 2
Alvin Adjei is a partner and co-founder of Burrit Adjei PLLC, a personal injury law firm here in Houston.  He is also the President-elect of HYLA. In this episode, Alvin discusses his experience coming out of law school amidst the housing crisis in 2012, the pros and cons of working remotely and his perspective on the effects on running a law firm during COVID-19.  He also discusses his work in promoting proper business etiquette among young lawyers in the Houston legal community. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
36:04
October 08, 2020
Starting A Law Firm! pt. 1
Alvin Adjei is a partner and co-founder of Burrit Adjei PLLC, a personal injury law firm here in Houston.  He is also the President-elect of HYLA. In this episode, Alvin discusses his career path from law school, interning and working at the Harris County, moving into private practice and ultimately starting his own firm.  Please stay tuned for the second episode! The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
36:59
October 06, 2020
The 2020 September Bar Exam!
Ashley Shepherd, a 2020 law graduate from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, tells us about her experience taking the fabled September 2020 Bar Exam.  Join us as she discusses taking the exam in an isolated hotel room, yellow cup restroom procedures and her opinion on whether or not this format exceeds the normal administration.   The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com.  Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
27:46
October 01, 2020
COVID-19 and the Bar Exam, pt. 4
Christian Treviño, a 2020 law graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and a first year associate at Cokinos | Young, tells us about the harrowing journey he took to take the Bar Exam - in Oregon - and discusses other issues such as navigating bar prep while working full time, flying during COVID-19 and the pros and cons of the bar exam in general.  The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com.  Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
23:26
October 01, 2020
COVID-19 and the Bar Exam, pt. 3
Mikayla McIntyre, a 2020 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, tells us about her experience studying for what should have been the July Bar Exam, navigating the job hunt during a global pandemic, and how she helped organized advocacy for diploma privilege in Texas. The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
35:07
September 29, 2020
Interview with HYLA President Krisina Zuñiga
Krisina Zuñiga is an associate at Susman Godfrey and the 2020-2021 HYLA President. On this episode, Krisina tells us about her decision to pursue a legal career, her experience in leading HYLA during the COVID-19 pandemic, and also lets us know her favorite restaurant in Houston.  The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com.  Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
40:02
September 29, 2020
COVID-19 and the Bar Exam, pt. 2
Kat Zellner, a 2020 law graduate from the University of Houston Law Center and the owner of the Original Kolache Shoppe, tells us her experience studying for the 2020 Texas Bar Exam during the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses the BLE’s response to the current situation. Kat also tells us about her experience as a business owner and her internship in the Equitable Development Initiative program at Lone Star Legal Aid, which provides assistance to lower socioeconomic businesses run by persons of color in the Houston Area. You can find out more about the Original Kolache Shoppe at originalkolache.com.  The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com.  Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
20:21
September 23, 2020
COVID-19 and the Bar Exam, pt. 1
Megan Rollag, a 2020 law graduate from the University of Houston Law Center, tells us her experience studying for the 2020 Texas Bar Exam during the COVID-19 pandemic and, addresses the BLE’s response to the current situation. Megan Rollag is also founder and executive director of the Racial Justice Coalition, a nonpartisan group of individuals and organizations unified to fight racial bias in death penalty sentencing. You can find more information about the Racial Justice Coalition at racialjustice-coalition.com.  The Hylights Podcast is brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com.  Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
28:18
September 23, 2020
Hylights - The Intro
Introducing the Hylights Podcast, brought to you by the Houston Young Lawyers Association!  In this episode, you'll get to meet co-hosts Patrick and Femi as they tell you a little bit about themselves and describe their goals for the podcast. If you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to be a guest on a future episode, please email us at hylightspodcast@gmail.com. Join HYLA: https://www.hyla.org/why-should-you-join-hyla
07:32
September 23, 2020