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Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellowships

Photo of 2014 Whitehurst Summer Fellows with Bill and Stephanie Whitehurst2014 Whitehurst Summer Fellows with Bill and Stephanie Whitehurst
(l-r) Chris Larson, '15; Stephanie Whitehurst; Bill Whitehurst, '70; Kelsey Chapple, '16; Paul McDaniel, '15; Nora Gay, '15; Hensleigh Crowell, '16; and Hannah Alexander, '16

In the summer of 2014, the Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellowships Program will provide funding for students between their second and third years of law school. Preference will be given to students who intend to pursue careers in public interest law. The program addresses these students’ particular need to work in public interest positions during the summer before their third year of school in order to be viable candidates for public interest fellowships and jobs following graduation. 

The program will provide stipends for up to six students for public interest work with qualified sponsoring organizations. A sponsoring organization must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit providing legal services and/or advocacy to underrepresented individuals or communities. Government agencies, labor unions, and legislative offices do not qualify as a sponsoring organization. 

The summer 2014 stipend will be $4,250 for at least 10 weeks (and a minimum of 400 hours) of work.  Given the shortage of resources, students who will split the summer between working for a sponsoring organization and working elsewhere for substantial compensation are discouraged from applying. 

These fellowships are supported by a generous five-year gift from Stephanie Whitehurst and Bill Whitehurst, ‘70.  Each summer, the Whitehursts name the fellowships for lawyers they admire in hopes that the recipients will be inspired by the honorees’ work in the public interest.  In the program’s inaugural summer, the Whitehursts named the fellowships in honor of lawyers Chip Brees, Michelle Cheng, Tom Harkness, Eden Harrington, Mack Kidd, and Scott Ozmun.

Applications period is now closed. For sample application information, see:
Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellowships Program Description and Application Information Spring 2014.

 

Fellowship Recipients:

Photo of Intern Laura Bubalo Manor with Supervisors

Lara Bubalo Manor, '13, with supersvisors Laura Davis and Phyllis Brochstein interning for the New York Legal Assistance Group in New York, NY.

Summer 2014

  • Hannah Alexander – The Emilee Dawn Whitehurst Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Kelsey Chapple – The Lulu Flores Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Hensleigh Crowell – The Beverly G. Reeves Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Nora Gay – The Elizabeth Pipkin Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Chris Larson – The Jamal K. Alsaffar Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Paul McDaniel – The Laurie M. Higginbotham Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Summer 2013

  • Cassandra McCrae – The Lisa Graybill Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Mackenzie Meador – The Paul Aaron Riffe Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Sophia Meissner – The Sean Pevsner Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Mary Chisolm Rios – The Doe Plaintiffs Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Daniel Smith – The Mark Whitburn Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Stephanie Trinh – The Rebecca Robertson Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Summer 2012

  • Gabriella Gonzalez – The Terry Tottenham Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Laura Manor – The Tom Ausley Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Dave Mauch – The Mike McKetta Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Nikiya Natale – The James Harrington Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Salima Pirmohamed – The David Sheppard Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Hannah Zimmermann – The Professor Barbara Hines Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Summer 2011

  • Meg Clifford – The Jonathan Ross Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Michael O’Keefe Cowles – The Broadus Spivey Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Amelia Ruiz Fischer – The Victoria Touchet Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Alissa Parsley – The Michael S. Greco Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Jordan Pollock – The Julie Clark Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Kelsey Snapp – The Dicky Grigg Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Summer 2010

  • Kristian Aguilar - The Chip Brees Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Robert Brothers - The Michelle Cheng Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Jessica Cohen - The Eden Harrington Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Silvia Garcia - The Tom Harkness Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • Olga Goldberg - The Mack Kidd Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • George Vallas - The Scott Ozmun Public Interest Law Fellowship
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    Related links:

  • Justice Center Announces 2014 Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellows
  • 2014 Honoree Profiles
  • Justice Center announces 2013 Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellows
  • 2013 Honoree Profiles
  • Summer Fellowship Stories: Nikiya Natale at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project
  • Summer Fellowship Stories: Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellow Salima Pirmohamed at the Texas Defender Service
  • "Real-Life Experience." Texas Lawyer Summer 2012
  • 2012 Honoree Profiles
  • Second annual ice cream social to celebrate public service, April 23, 2012
  • Justice Center announces 2012 Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellows
  • 2011 Honoree Profiles
  • Justice Center announces 2011 Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellows
  • 2010 Honoree Profiles
  • Bill and Stephanie Whitehurst fund summer fellowships
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    For more information, contact justicecenter@law.utexas.edu.

     

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