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When she graduates from Albany Law in eight months, Ruchira
Podali will move back to Houston to work in the corporate law division of Baker
Botts L.L.P., a 700-attorney firm with 15 offices around the world.
Podali spent her summer with Baker Botts in the firm’s
corporate and environmental divisions, working on SEC filings and interacting
closely with clients.
“At Baker Botts, I was able to directly counsel clients on
EPA regulations and other matters, which is a wonderful experience to have as a
summer associate,” Podali said.
traces its history to Houston in the 1840s, representing railroads, cotton merchants
and other nascent industries in the city’s early days. Today, the firm
represents energy, technology, life science and other clients around the globe.
Podali, who is from India, moved to the United States to
attend the University of Houston, where she was part of The Honors College and
earned a degree in psychology.
“I lived with my aunt and uncle in Houston, and they both
practiced as attorneys before going on to be successful in other career
pursuits,” she said. “They have had a huge influence on my life and encouraged
me to go to law school.”
Podali’s aunt is currently serving as the Secretary of State
for Texas, and her uncle is the host of a popular conservative radio show.
During the spring semester of her 2L year, Podali worked in
the State University of New York’s Office of General Counsel in Albany, where
she developed best practices for student athletes on social media, among other
projects. She is also the Albany Law Review’s
Executive Editor for Lead Articles.