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September 20, 2006

Contact: Eden Harrington, Director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, UT Law, 512-232-7068,

Baron & Budd Scholarships Awarded to UT Law Students

AUSTIN, Texas—Four students at The University of Texas School of Law have been selected to receive Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarships for the 2006 – 2007 academic year.

The scholarship provides a $4,000 stipend to students who commit to working 300 pro bono hours with a non-profit organization providing legal services to underserved individuals or communities.

The scholarships are made possible by a generous gift from the Baron & Budd law firm and are administered by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at the Law School.

“We are proud to support these students as they increase access to justice and prepare for careers that will include public service,” said Eden Harrington, Director of the Justice Center.

The following students will receive Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarships:

Shelly Chattopadhyay, ’07, will work with the Capital Area AIDS Legal Project, a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance to low-income people living with HIV. As a law clerk for CAALP, she will perform legal research, organize clinics, and assist in recruiting volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono representation. Last summer she clerked for the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Eagle Pass, Texas, as a UT Coop Summer Fellow.

Edmundo de la Fuente, ’07, will work with Equal Justice Center, a nonprofit, public interest law firm that provides direct legal representation and legal rights education for the working poor. He will work with low-income clients, helping them to recover wages and address workplace health and safety concerns. De la Fuente spent last summer working for the EJC on an Immigrant Employment Law Fellowship awarded by the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section.

Thomas Linney, ’07, will work with the Texas Humane Legislation Network, a nonprofit organization that fights for effective anti-cruelty laws and addresses animal concerns, such as abuse, neglect, shelter, wildlife rehabilitation, and habitat protection. Linney will draft responses to legal inquiries, research and draft legislation, and assist in pro bono litigation. Last summer he worked at a Florida law firm on animal law issues.

Christina Turner, ’08, will work with the Political Asylum Project of Austin, a nonprofit organization that promotes justice for immigrants and refugees by providing legal services and education. She will conduct legal research, help represent indigent immigrants, and conduct intake and client interviews. Last summer, Turner interned with the Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Legal Services in Washington, D.C.

About Baron & Budd:

Baron & Budd, P.C. is one of the largest plaintiffs' firms in the country representing people exposed to toxic substances in their work and living environments. The firm established the Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarships at UT Law School to support students engaged in pro bono work.

About the Justice Center:

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.

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