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Randy Howry, an Austin attorney and lecturer with the Law School's Trial Advocacy Program, participates in an April TLTV legal clinic for veterans in Austin. The TLTV initiative has drawn many UT Law alumni and friends to help carry out pro bono work on behalf of U.S. veterans.

Serving Those who have Served

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, an initiative of the State Bar of Texas, makes it easy for bar associations and attorneys to provide legal assistance to U.S. veterans in need.


Recipients of the William Wayne Justice Center's 2012 awards for student service are, left to right, Hannah Liddell, Kimberly Ashworth, Jordan Pollock, Amelia Ruiz Fischer, Alissa Parsley, Emma Quintero, and Christine Nishimura

Graduating Law students receive service awards

Seven graduating students at the University of Texas School of Law have been honored by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law for their extraordinary commitment during Law School to using the law to serve others.


Julius Glickman Fellowship in Public Interest Law recipient Michael O’Keefe Cowles, '12.

Michael O’Keefe Cowles, ’12, awarded UT Law post-graduate fellowship to pursue low-wage worker rights project in the Dallas-Fort Worth region

The University of Texas School of Law has awarded the 2012 Julius Glickman Fellowship in Public Interest Law to third-year student Michael O’Keefe Cowles. The two-year fellowship, funded by Julius Glickman, ‘66, provides $45,000 per year for full-time legal work on a project sponsored by an existing public-interest legal organization and supervised by a licensed attorney.


Career Services Office Study Break Public Service Stipends recipients announced

The UT Law Career Services Office (CSO) has announced the recipients of the 2012 UT Law CSO Study Break Public Service Stipends. They are: Joanne Heisey and Aaron Tucker, Class of 2013; and Ashley Steele, Class of 2014.


The 2012 Baron & Budd Public Interest Summer Fellows are, left to right, Whitney Drake, Vanshika Vij, Maddy Dwertman, Mary Chisolm, and Kali Cohn.

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.


Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow (left) with Bill Beardall after he received the 2012 Gary Bellow Public Service Award.

Bill Beardall receives Harvard Law School’s 2012 Gary Bellow Public Service Award

Bill Beardall, director of the Law School’s Transnational Worker Rights Clinic, has been honored with Harvard Law School’s 2012 Gary Bellow Public Service Award. Each year the student body of the Harvard Law School votes to present the Bellow award to an alumnus or alumna in recognition of the recipient’s work to achieve social justice through public-interest law.


Second annual ice cream social to celebrate public service, April 23, 2012

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law will host the Law School’s second annual ice cream social to celebrate public service and to recognize student accomplishments on Monday, April 23, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111). The event is open to the entire Law School community and to family and friends of the honorees.


Four Class of 2012 Law School students earn Equal Justice Works fellowships

Four members of the Class of 2012 have received post-graduate fellowships from Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., whose declared mission is to support “the next generation of lawyers who commit themselves to public interest law and endeavor to provide effective representation to underserved communities and causes.” Christine Nishimura, Jordan Pollock, Amelia Ruiz Fischer, and Keegan Warren-Clem received the prestigious two-year fellowships, which provide competitive salaries and loan repayment assistance after graduation.


The Justice Center's 2011–2012 Public Service Scholars are (front row, left to right) Sara Puls, Amelia Ruiz Fischer, Samantha Jarvis, and Joanne Heisey and (back row) Christine Nishimura and Michael Garemko.

Six students named Public Service Scholars with the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

Six students have been selected to serve as Public Service Scholars for the 2011–2012 year with the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at the University of Texas School of Law.


David Hall, ’69

Bravo del Norte

David Hall, ’69, executive director of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, turned his youthful passion for helping the poor into a distinguished and influential public-interest legal career.