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Five UT Law students receive Baron & Budd Public Interest Summer Fellowships

Five students at the University of Texas School of Law have been selected to receive Baron & Budd Public Interest Summer Fellowships for the coming summer. The program will provide each fellow with a $4,250 stipend to work fulltime for at least ten weeks providing legal services to underrepresented individuals or communities.

The fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from the Baron & Budd law firm, which also supports the school-year Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarship Program.  Both programs are administered by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at the Law School.

“The Law School appreciates Baron & Budd’s generosity and vision in creating this fellowship program,” said Eden Harrington, director of the Justice Center. “Our students will spend their summers honing their legal knowledge and skills, and helping individuals and communities in need. The opportunities created by Baron & Budd are critical to our students’ development, and we are very grateful for the firm’s support.”

 

The 2013 Baron & Budd Public Interest Summer Fellows are, left to right, Linda Chen, Claire Mueller, Michael Sullivan, Alina Flasinska, and Lillian Mayeux, all Class of 2015.

The 2013 Baron & Budd Public Interest Summer Fellows are, left to right, Linda Chen, Claire Mueller, Michael Sullivan, Alina Flasinska, and Lillian Mayeux, all Class of 2015.

The following students will receive Baron & Budd Public Interest Summer Fellowships:

Linda Chen, ’15, will work with the Texas Defender Service in Houston helping to investigate and prepare for an upcoming capital trial.

Alina Flasinska, ’15, will work with the ACLU of Texas in Houston helping to assess new laws that affect reproductive rights.

Lillian Mayeux, ’15, will work with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Austin assisting clients and helping with cases over a variety of practice areas.

Claire Mueller, ’15, will work with the Texas Fair Defense Project in Austin helping with research projects and community outreach and monitoring settlement compliance.

Michael Sullivan, ’15, will work with the Equal Justice Center in Austin assisting low-income workers recover unpaid wages.

 

About Baron & Budd:

Baron & Budd PC is one of the largest plaintiffs’ firms in the country representing people exposed to toxic substances in their work and living environments. The firm established the Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarships and Summer Fellowships at the Law School to support students engaged in pro bono and public interest work.

About the Justice Center:

The Justice Center is dedicated to promoting equal justice for all through legal education. The Justice Center works toward this goal by educating students, faculty, and attorneys about public interest legal issues; teaching students about the need to increase access to justice; creating pro bono opportunities for the Law School community; providing support to students and graduates engaged in public service; and conducting research into legal issues affecting underserved individuals and communities.

Related links:

Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarship Program

Baron & Budd Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

Contact: Mary Crouter, Assistant Director, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, UT Law, 512-232-7855, mcrouter@law.utexas.edu

 

 

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