This summer I had the privilege to serve alongside the reputable prosecutors of the Consumer Fraud division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. Not only did this opportunity help me to grow professionally, but it also sparked an interest in me to pursue a career in prosecution. Without your support, I would not have been able to pursue this internship, and would not have considered a career in prosecution, which strongly appeals to me now.
While in the Consumer Fraud division, not only did I have real responsibility in investigating and managing cases, but I also had an opportunity to witness what exactly transpires in the courtroom. Since the Consumer Fraud division operates differently from most of the rest of the District Attorney’s Office, the cases we investigate and eventually prosecute tend to last a long time. While I was there, however, I was able to help resolve two cases (one we closed, and another we pressed charges), and made significant strides in consolidating and acquiring evidence in the other two. My duties included reviewing thousands of pages of bank records to find evidence of fraud and self-dealing, subpoenaing documents, and interviewing witnesses.
My duties also included a significant learning component outside of our division’s office; I accompanied my supervising attorney to court to observe negotiations with defense counsel and conferences with the judge. I also had the opportunity to observe several trials all the way from voir dire to sentencing for both misdemeanor and felony cases. I also witnessed juvenile proceedings and justice of the peace proceedings.
At the end of my time at the District Attorney’s Office, I had an opportunity to apply for a position after I graduate—an opportunity I enthusiastically took. The prospect of working as a prosecutor excites me. But had I not had the promise of financial support for my work this summer, I probably would not have been able to work at the District Attorney’s Office. So thank you again for enabling me to have a meaningful summer experience and potentially a meaningful career in prosecution. Your continued support allows individuals like myself to pursue opportunities that give back to the community—opportunities that we may not have otherwise been able to pursue but for your generosity.