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February 9, 2005

Press Contacts: Jodi Bart, UT Law, (512) 471-7330, Kevin Lewis, Vinson & Elkins, (713) 758-2222 or via email at

Photo of Food Bank Volunteers
V&E attorney Terry Roberts (Austin) and spouse Monique Roberts

UT Law Students and Vinson & Elkins Employees Volunteer at Austin Food Bank

Law Firm Recruiting Event Processes Almost Sixteen Thousand Pounds of Food

AUSTIN, Texas — Students from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law worked alongside lawyers from Vinson & Elkins on Wed., Jan. 26, at the Austin Food Bank. More than 110 UT Law students and 45 Vinson & Elkins lawyers spent two hours at the Food Bank processing 15,940 pounds of food. The law students declared the event an overwhelming success.

"I was really surprised that a law firm would hold a recruiting reception in conjunction with a community service event," said James Lebeck, a first year law student at UT. "By combining a community service project that emphasizes teamwork with a reception demonstrated the importance teamwork has for success in many avenues in life, including being a successful attorney. Second, on a more practical level, the combination created an atmosphere that fostered more genuine conversations, many of which started and were based on the shared experience at the Food Bank. Finally, I think the project allowed Vinson & Elkins to demonstrate its strong commitment to the community."

David Montoya, who is on the Board of Directors at the Austin Food Bank and is the Assistant Dean of Career Services at UT Law School, said the Food Bank "was ecstatic to have 150 volunteers for the evening."

"The students thought it was a great event and it showed the students that Vinson & Elkins is very committed to the local community," said Mr. Montoya. "We would encourage other organizations to do the same."