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April 18, 2005

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Eden Harrington, Director, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law (512) 232-7068.

Bronwyn Blake Receives First UT Law Faculty Fellowship in Public Interest Law

Photo of Bronwyn Blake with Beryl Crowley, Eden Harrington,

             Dean Bill Powers, and Elizabeth Lippincott
L to R: Beryl P. Crowley, UT Law '71, Chair, Board of Directors, Women's Advocacy Project; Eden E. Harrington, UT Law Professor and Director, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law; Bronwyn Blake, UT Law '05; Dean Bill Powers; Elizabeth Pearsall Lippincott, UT Law '94, Interim Executive Director, Women's Advocacy Project. Photo Credit: Mark Rutkowski.

AUSTIN, Texas — Bronwyn Blake, ’05, was awarded the first UT Law Faculty Fellowship in Public Interest Law by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at The University of Texas School of Law. The Fellowship will provide a stipend to Blake to work full-time for one year on a new project at the Women’s Advocacy Project in Austin, Texas. Blake will develop the Teen Justice Initiative, a pilot program providing legal services to victims of teen dating violence.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to create opportunities for outstanding graduating students to work with public interest legal organizations on behalf of underrepresented individuals or groups. Blake was selected by a faculty committee based on her project proposal, and she will receive a stipend of $37,000. The Fellowship was created through generous contributions from members of the law faculty and the Law School.

“We are delighted to award the first UT Law Faculty Fellowship in Public Interest Law to Bronwyn Blake, an outstanding student who has shown remarkable leadership and commitment to public service,” said Eden Harrington, Director of the William Wayne Justice Center. “Her innovative project with the Women’s Advocacy Project has the potential to address serious domestic violence issues affecting teenagers across Texas.”

Blake has previously worked on domestic violence issues with the Family Justice Division of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, the Women’s Advocacy Project, and with Break the Cycle, a nonprofit organization in Washington D.C. She has also participated in numerous public service activities at the Law School and in Austin.

The Women’s Advocacy Project is a statewide non-profit legal organization providing a range of services that encourage the use of legal protections to end violence against women and children.

The William Wayne Justice Center at UT Law is dedicated to promoting equal justice for all through legal education. The Justice Center works toward this goal by educating students and attorneys about public interest issues through conferences, research projects, and clinical courses; by encouraging all students to participate in pro bono and public interest law throughout their careers; and by creating public service opportunities for students and graduates.

Related Links:

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law: http://www.utexas.edu/law/centers/publicinterest/

Women's Advocacy Project: http://www.women-law.org/

UT Law Faculty Post-Graduate Fellowship in Public Interest Law
http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/publicinterest/justicecorps/facultyfellow.html