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May 13, 2004

Press Contacts: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330

Ten Graduating Law Students Receive UT Co-Op Public Interest Law Awards

Awards totaling $50,000 given for demonstrated commitment to public service

Photo of Award Recipients

AUSTIN, Texas — Ten students at The University of Texas School of Law have been selected by Dean William Powers to receive this year's UT Co-Op Public Interest Law Awards, totaling $50,000, in honor of the students' demonstrated commitment to public service. The recipients were honored as part of the University Co-Op George H. Mitchell Student Awards for Academic Excellence banquet on April 25 at the Four Seasons Hotel.

The law students are Angela Bentz, Linley R. Boone, Melissa R. Hamilton, Cori A. Hash, Melissa Jacobs, Vicki L. Johnson, Tiffany Lowe, Sonali Mehta, Julia Raney and Virginia Hope Williams. Eden Harrington, the Director of the Center for Public Interest Law at UT Law, coordinated the selection of these students. All ten will graduate on May 22.

"Dean Powers joins me in congratulating and commending these students for their dedication to ensuring equal access to justice for all. The Law School community is proud to join the Co-Op in recognizing their achievements," Harrington said.

Dean Powers presented the awards to the students, along with George Mitchell, President of the Co-Op, and Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olsen, Executive Vice-President and Provost. Funding for the awards — including two awards of $9,000 and eight awards of $4,000 — was provided by the UT Co-Op.