WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to recognize the Texas Senate Internship Program, which is being offered in the 2005 spring semester for the first time as an academic course at The University of Texas School of Law; and WHEREAS, This legislative internship program provides an opportunity for law students to work on legal issues at approved placements in the Texas Legislature for academic credit; and WHEREAS, Law students study the legislative process and the role of lawyers in the legislature while under the close supervision of experienced attorneys; and WHEREAS, There are 25 law students participating in the internship program this spring; one student works in the Office of the Governor, and one student works in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor; 13 students work in the Texas Senate with five senators and two committees, and 10 students work in the Texas House of Representatives with five representatives and two committees; and WHEREAS, Students in the Texas Senate Internship Program gain valuable firsthand knowledge of the governmental process and insight into the issues facing our communities and our state; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 79th Legislature, hereby commend the administrators of The University of Texas School of Law for providing the internship program for law students and extend to members of the inaugural class best wishes for the future; and, be it further RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared as an expression of esteem from the Texas Senate. Zaffirini ________________________________ President of the Senate I hereby certify that the above Resolution was adopted by the Senate on April 27, 2005. ________________________________ Secretary of the Senate ________________________________ Member, Texas Senate