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June 7, 2006

Contact: Tina V. Fernandez, Associate Director, UT Law Career Services Office, (512) 232-1159, tfernandez@law.utexas.edu .

Eight UT Law Students Selected for 2006 Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program

AUSTIN, Texas — Eight students at The University of Texas School of Law will spend this summer interning with nonprofit public interest law organizations as a part of Equal Justice Works’ Summer Corps program. The students, who were among 608 national applicants for 315 slots, will each receive a $1,000 education award voucher through this national AmeriCorps-funded program.

The 2006 Summer Corps participants are first-year and second-year law students from 113 law schools. They will each serve at least 300 hours in public interest internships, providing critically needed legal assistance to low-income and underserved communities in 42 states. Summer Corps members will also gain first-hand experience and legal skills in areas such as client intake, individual representation, research and writing.

Summer Corps program participants work on a broad range of issues, including civil rights, community economic development, death penalty, disability rights, housing, domestic violence, education, public benefits and workers’ rights. In addition, Equal Justice Works set aside 65 “Katrina Summer Corps” slots this year for students who are helping to provide legal assistance to hurricane survivors in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The eight UT Law students will work in the following areas:

Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1986 by law students dedicated to working for equal justice on behalf of underserved communities and causes. Today, Equal Justice Works is the national leader in creating summer and postgraduate public interest opportunities for law students and lawyers as well as in urging more public interest programming at law schools.

Related Links:
Equal Justice Works: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org
Five UT Law Students Selected as University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellows: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/050106_coopfellows.html