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Caitlin attended South Texas College of Law and dedicated much of her law school curriculum to coursework that directly benefits our clients; representative coursework includes: family law; marital property; wills, trusts, and estates; mock trial; sexual orientation and the law; and family trial advocacy. Through her family law advocacy class, Caitlin learned directly from a sitting family court judge on how to handle a family law case from start to finish. Caitlin earned the highest grade in her family law course and received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in her Sexual Orientation and the Law class for her seminar paper titled: “The Denial of Same Sex Marriage: A Takings Clause Approach.” She also received the Dean’s Merritt Scholarship in 2011, 2012 and 2013.


Caitlin represented South Texas College of Law nationally as a varsity advocate in both mock trial and moot court competitions. As an advocate and oralist (writer and speaker), Caitlin had the opportunity to compete at the Peter James Johnson Civil Rights Mock Trial Tournament hosted by St. John’s University in New York, the 2013 August A. Rendings National Products Liability Moot Court Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio and the John Marshal Law School national Criminal Justice Trial Competition in Chicago Illinois. Through mock trial, Caitlin developed the oral and written advocacy skills necessary to win both in and outside of the courtroom.

Pre-Law Experience

Prior to coming to Skillern Firm PLLC, Caitlin interned at Disability Rights Texas, and the Harris County Public Defenders office. In May 2013, Caitlin started with the firm as a law clerk. During her tenure at the firm, Caitlin has handled a variety of cases under the supervision and guidance of the firm’s attorneys, including child support cases, suits affecting the parent child relationship, parentage suits, modifications, and enforcements. She also had the opportunity to attend temporary orders hearings, mediations, depositions and final trials.

Legal Education

South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2014

Undergraduate Education

Louisiana State University, B.A.M.C., 2007 major in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations

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