AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas School of Law has awarded the Equal Justice Scholarship to Amber VanSchuyver, ‘08.
The purpose of the Equal Justice Scholarship is to help increase access to justice in Texas by supporting students’ work in public interest law during law school and after graduation. VanSchuyver has committed to working full-time for three years after graduation for a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization engaged in providing civil legal services to the underserved in Texas.
“The Equal Justice Scholarship lessens the educational debt for a promising new lawyer interested in working for disadvantaged Texans, and it also recognizes the Law School’s commitment to training public interest lawyers,” said Eden Harrington, director of UT Law’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, which administers the scholarship program.
UT Law developed the scholarship in partnership with the Texas Access to Justice Commission and Baylor University School of Law, which has a similar program.
VanSchuyver is involved in numerous public interest activities at the Law School and in the legal community. Last summer she served as an intern in the Edinburg office of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, working on issues related to public benefits, border rights and family law. Since then she has continued working with TRLA in Austin at the Telephone Access to Justice Project, conducting intake interviews for new clients.
In the fall, VanSchuyver represented low-income workers as a student attorney with the Law School’s Transnational Worker Rights Clinic. “Amber is one of those special students who takes an interest both in the individual client and in advancing the larger cause of equal justice,” said Professor Bill Beardall, who supervised Amber’s work at the clinic. “I am confident she will become a shining light among public interest lawyers,” he said.
VanSchuyver is also a staff writer with the Texas Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and is involved in the Human Rights Law Society, Public Interest Law Association, and Concerned Students for Loan Repayment Assistance. She is an honors graduate of the University of Kansas, where she majored in Latin American studies, political science and Spanish.
“Amber was awarded the Equal Justice Scholarship because of her demonstrated commitment to increasing access to justice for all,” Harrington said. “She already has a remarkable record of public service, and we are pleased to support her legal education.”
The William Wayne Justice Center promotes equal justice for all through legal education, scholarship and public service.
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