AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Law Fellowships announced today that Bernadette Segura is the recipient of the 2004 Fulbright & Jaworski Texas Law Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to the fellow whose summer public interest internship proposal receives the highest number of votes during TLF’s annual spring pledge drive.
Ms. Segura is a rising third-year student at UT Law; she will spend the summer working in the office of the Federal Public Defender of the Western District of Texas. While there, she will assist with legal research projects concerning the impact of sentencing guidelines and due process rights and will also have the opportunity to work on a case about the ADA’s application in federal prisons. In addition to those special duties, Segura will assist public defenders with motions, pleadings and orders, and hearings that may arise in the ordinary course of the office’s work with indigent criminal defendants, including interviewing prisoners to help prepare them for trial.
While a standard Texas Law Fellowship is $3,800, as the Fulbright & Jaworski fellow, Ms. Segura will receive $4,300 for the summer, to help cover any living or other expenses she may incur while working without pay at the Public Defender’s office. This is the third summer in a row that Fulbright & Jaworski has entirely subsidized a Texas Law Fellow.
“TLF is very appreciative of Fulbright & Jaworski’s generous contribution and long-time support of our mission,” commented Texas Law Fellowships President and rising third-year UT Law student, Kristi Couvillon. “We are also pleased to congratulate Ms. Segura on receiving the fellowship and wish her success in pursuing her career in public interest law.”
Texas Law Fellowships is a student-run non-profit organization that raises money from the UT Law and Texas legal communities to fund fellowships for UT Law students who work in public interest internships during the summer. Students applying for fellowships submit descriptions of their proposed public interest internships; these are voted upon by all donors during TLF’s spring pledge drive. The majority of donations are made by law firms and UT Law students, faculty, and staff.
TLF Pledge Drive for Summer Public Interest Fellowships: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/030204_tlf.html