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September 19, 2005

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Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 471-7330.

White House Counsel Office Selects Two from UT Law for Prestigious Internship

Photo of White House Counsel and UT Law Interns
William Kelley, Deputy Counsel to the President, Sharon Murray-Roberts, Harriet Miers, Counsel to the President, and Gerardo Interiano in The White House.

AUSTIN, Texas—Two third-year law students at The University of Texas School of Law served as interns this summer in the Office of Counsel to the President of the United States. Gerardo Interiano, ’06, and Sharon Murray-Roberts, ’06, were two of the three students nation-wide that were selected.

"Attorneys who practice law for the federal government have the chance to do meaningful and even historic legal work," said Tina Fernandez, Director of Public Service Programs for the Law School. "The Career Services Office (CSO) is pleased that students are taking the initiative to seek opportunities in the government sector and are having success at landing prestigious positions," she said.

During their internships, Interiano and Murray-Roberts assisted with judicial nominations and confirmation strategy to all levels of the federal judiciary courts, worked with attorneys on a variety of clearance and ethics related questions, and researched constitutional and statutory questions concerning presidential power.

“This summer was single-handedly the best experience of my life,” said Interiano. “It was truly an honor and a pleasure to have the opportunity to serve alongside some of the most humble and gracious people I have ever encountered. I can’t possibly explain the amount of respect and admiration that I have gained for President Bush and the Office of the President,” Interiano said.

“The White House Counsel Office is a credit to President Bush's administration,” said Murray-Roberts. “The experience of working with such hardworking, dedicated and brilliant lawyers and staff was more than I could have hoped for. In addition, as a military spouse, working for the Commander-in-Chief was an honor and a privilege,” Murray-Roberts said.

Interiano received his B.A. in Economics from The University of Texas in 2003. At UT Law, he is a member of The Friar Society, the Student Recruitment & Orientation Committee, and serves as the Director of the Texas Law Republicans. He previously served on the UT Law Curriculum Committee as well as Chairman of the Law School Electoral Commission. His legal experience includes working as a fellow with the Office of the General Counsel to the Governor of Texas and law clerk for U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay. This semester he is interning for the Chairman of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.

Murray-Roberts received her B.A. in Education from Bethany College in Santa Cruz, California in 1987. She attended Baylor University School of Law for one year before transferring to The University of Texas School of Law to complete her studies. She is an Associate Editor with the Review of Litigation and a Student Attorney Ad Litem with the Children's Rights Clinic. Her legal experience includes working as a law clerk in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate General (JAG) in Wuerzburg, Germany and as a clerk at McGinnis Lochridge and Kilgore this past summer. In addition to her legal studies, Murray-Roberts’ has four children: Alexandra, 16, Hayden, 13, Emma, 10, and John, 8. Her husband, Major Steven Roberts, a U.S. Army Chaplain, recently returned home after serving a year in Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division.