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Hannah Orendain

BRCK Criminal Defense

Hannah Orendain

How did you get your job? 

I found the job posting on CORE and was then able to email all requirements to one of the attorneys. I scheduled an in-person interview for the next week and was offered the job only a few hours after the interview!

What was the most surprising thing you learned at your job? 

The most surprising thing I learned at my job is how quickly some matters can be resolved and how others can take years. It shows how diverse the courts, cases, and clients can be within the county.

What do/did you like most about your job?

My favorite thing about my job is how well-organized and communicative the attorneys are. We have an online calendar, so we know which attorney is where, when, and for which cases which allows the interns to attend court proceedings or meetings with them before or after class.

How do you think this experience has helped you in your career path? 

This experience has helped me learn about the justice system to a greater extent. Having worked at the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office before law school, working on the other side at a criminal defense firm after my 1L year allowed me the opportunity to get experience from both sides and see which I would prefer in the long run. It also allowed me to see the differences in courts, judges, and attorneys within different counties in Texas. I was also able to gain a sense of confidence when it comes to speaking with both English and Spanish speaking clients and other legal professional.