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Highly Regarded Experiences: US Exchange Program

Posted on 2015/05/27

Large landed estate, wide roads, beautiful houses and villas, cowboy look, fair weather and hospitable people were the things that I want to describe about Dallas, Texas. I don’t know why, but, I loved that place. Though I stayed for only few days, I enjoyed being there. It was February 4 when we arrived in Dallas.

It was Thursday morning when we went to the Center for American and International Law (CAIL). It is a nonprofit institution dedicated in improving the quality of justice through education of lawyers and law enforcement officials in the United States and throughout the world. We had a meeting with Mr. Mark Smith, the Vice-president of the Center for American and International Law. He explained to us how the institute provides continuing education for lawyers and law enforcement. Ms. Jasmine Hunt, staff assistant, shared some information’s about the academy.

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law was our next appointment. At the university, Ms. Lisa Montes guided us towards the Dean’s Office. At the Dean’s office, we discussed about the clinical program of the university, their law school curriculum and their public service program for law students.

Besides that, we had lunch together with some faculty members and law students where various speakers talked to us. They shared how their clinical programs were being conducted, how they promoted public service and how the students participated in each programs and activities.

After the gathering and conversation with the students and professors at SMU, the next institution that we visited was University of North Texas located at the Main Street of Dallas. It was past 2pm when we met Ms. Tricia Magel, director of marketing and communication. A short program was prepared by the staff, and the first speaker was Dean Royal Furgeson, and he introduced about the law school. Afterwards, Ms. Sheena Brooks, assistant director of admission, shared some class facts and admissions in the university. Then, Ms. Ellen Pryor lectured about the learning environment, multiple assessments, lecture capture and curve.

After a few minutes of discussions, Ms. Cheryl Wattley elaborated the purpose of Community engagement and experiential education. Lastly, Mr. Eric Portfield, Ms. Dianna Howard, Ms. Jennifer Wondracek and Ms. Jessica Haseltine expounded the importance of legal writing.

Even though it was a tiring day, I learned a lot and I acquired new knowledge’s which inspires me to study hard and to help other people while I am a student.
Oprah Winfrey once said, “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.”

The following day, we met Atty. Florentino Ramirez, a volunteer with Global North Texas, and he accompanied us throughout the day. On that day, we were given a chance to interview the lawyers at the Public Defender’s Office, and the lawyers gave us ideas on how they perform their responsibilities in providing the best legal defense to the indigent citizen of Dallas County.

After a few hours of interviewing and exchanging ideas with the lawyers, we travelled to the headquarters of the Dallas Bar Association. At the headquarters, Atty. Robert Tobey outlined the requirements for continuing legal education of licensed attorneys in the State of Texas, the work of the State Bar Association and the Dallas Bar Association in providing ongoing legal education for licensed attorneys, to enable them to meet those state requirements.

What is more is that, we were given the opportunity to attend the continuing legal education of lawyers; the speaker on that event was Quentin Brogeon and he illustrated and got into details the subject of “Cross Examination: Truths and Myths”.
In the afternoon, Mr. Mike Amis, Ms. Sherrie Abney and Mr. Lawrence R. Maxwell Jr. gave us a brief overview about Alternative Dispute Resolution and Collaborative law, how it was done and the advantages and value of each. Under certain circumstances, unexpectedly, we received an honorary citizenship certificate. We were so happy and we cannot explain our feelings about that opportunity.
It was almost past 4pm when we returned to the hotel. I, Maam Cole and Cayen went to the house of Mr. Bill Matthews in the evening. I appreciated the warm welcome of his family and friends in his house. We had great time together, we shared ideas and experiences. It was a pleasure to be invited by Mr. Bill and to meet his friends. I admired the foods and how they acknowledged us.

February 7 was the day that we are going to watch a rodeo show. It was my first time and I was so excited because I am going to see a cowboy event. It was Saturday and there were a lot of people who attended the show. I took every moment to take pictures, tried there tacos and roamed around the bazaar.

Not only that, but also, our guest Brent and his family spent some time in the hotel. We got acquainted with Brent at Southern Methodist University and he told us that his wife is a Filipina. He talked about his experiences in the Philippines and how hospitable the Filipinos are. We ate together in the hotel at the evening, and I will not forget the foods that they brought because the meats, the rice and the barbecue were satisfying and delicious.

Being in Dallas, Texas was unforgettable. Law schools, offices, court house, rodeo show, meaningful honorary citizenship certificate, the lawyers, professors, law students and volunteers, lovable house of Sir Bill and his family and friends, tasty foods, Brent and Maria and their babies, wide road and Walmart were the people, places and happenings which I will value in life.


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