Class of 2004
After her time at UT, Heidi Boutros went to Yale Law School to pursue her interest in using the law as a tool to protect individuals from violence and abuse both in the United States and overseas. She is currently working as a prosecutor in the Public Integrity Section at the Department of Justice. Previously, Heidi worked in criminal law and investigations at the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, New York. Heidi also has international experience investigating prison conditions in Russia, advocating on behalf of bonded slaves in India, working on the Milosevic trial at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, and assisting with international development projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chernobyl-affected areas of Ukraine. In addition to her JD from Yale, Heidi holds an MPhil in international relations from Oxford University, where she was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA in government and Plan II Honors from UT Austin, where she was a Dedman Distinguished Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband.
Here, in her own words, Heidi expresses her gratitude: I am so grateful for the generosity of the Dedmans, as the Dedman Distinguished Scholarship has impacted my life tremendously. As a senior in high school, I was choosing between Yale and The University of Texas. To be honest, when I applied to UT I never anticipated I would become a Longhorn. It was not until I had the opportunity to visit the University as a Dedman finalist that I began to seriously consider going there. I was so impressed by the Dedman Scholars I met - they were smart, friendly, and reflective - and equally impressed by the University. Had it not been for the Dedman Distinguished Scholarship program I am confident I would not have chosen UT, but going to UT was one of the best decisions I have made. Through the Plan II program, I was able to get the best of both worlds: the small classes, fantastic teaching, and community of a liberal arts college and the excitement and resources of a large research university. Not only that, but the Dedman Distinguished Scholars program connected me to wonderful mentors - both students and professors like Dr. Carver - without whom I'm sure I would not have received the Truman or Marshall Scholarships, or the many opportunities these scholarships have provided. The Dedman Distinguished Scholarship has truly been life changing, and I extend my deepest gratitude to the Dedman family for such great generosity and vision.