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April 3, 2007

Contact: Eden Harrington, Director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, UT Law, (512) 232-7068, eharrington@law.utexas.edu.

Justice Center Selects University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellows

Photo of 2007 University Co-Op Public Interest Summer Fellows
2007 University Co-Op Public Interest Summer Fellows, L-R: Karla Vargas, Paul Di Blasi, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, Amber VanSchuyver, Elizabeth Lockett

AUSTIN, Texas—Five students at The University of Texas School of Law have been selected as the 2007 University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellows. The fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding students between their second and third years of law school to support their summer public interest work.

This summer each fellow will receive a $4,000 stipend. The fellowships are made possible by a grant from the University Co-op, and are administered by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at the Law School. The 2007 Fellows will be recognized at the University Co-op Awards for Excellence in Graduate Education banquet on Wednesday, May 16.

“We are proud to support these students as they work toward equal justice for all and prepare for careers in public service,” said Eden Harrington, Director of the Justice Center at UT School of Law.

The following students have been selected as the 2007 University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellows:

Paul Di Blasi, ’08, will work with the Public Justice Center, Inc. in Baltimore, focusing on advocacy for those denied justice due to economic status or discrimination. Last summer he clerked for the Texas Civil Rights Project in San Juan, Texas, researching and preparing memoranda on civil rights claims. Di Blasi participates in the Rule of Law in Wartime course as a team leader preparing an amicus brief for the Second Circuit. He is involved with the Human Rights Law Society and Texas Law Fellowships and is a Public Service Scholar with the Justice Center.

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, ’08, will work with the Political Asylum Project of Austin, an organization dedicated to promoting justice for immigrants and refugees by providing free and low cost legal services and education. She will focus on immigration issues, an area she became interested in while participating in the Immigration Law Clinic. Lincoln-Goldfinch worked for the Women’s Advocacy Project last summer and during the fall. She is a member of the Women’s Law Caucus and is currently an intern with the Texas Legislature.

Elizabeth Lockett, ’08, will work with the Women’s Advocacy Project in Austin, helping to represent survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Last summer she worked as a legal intern with Austin NAACP Legal Redress Clinic and is currently a student attorney in UT Law’s Actual Innocence Clinic. Lockett is an active member of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society and Assault and Flattery and was a staff editor for the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal.

Amber VanSchuyver, ’08, will work with Equal Rights Advocates in San Francisco, assisting with sexual discrimination impact litigation. Last summer she interned with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Edinburg, Texas, where she researched legal issues pertaining to public benefits, border rights and family law. VanSchuyver is involved with the Human Rights Law Society, Concerned Students for LRAP, the Public Interest Law Association, and the Survivor Support Network, and is a staff writer for the Texas Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. She was recently awarded the Equal Justice Scholarship for her commitment to public interest work.

Karla Vargas, ’09, will work with the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, an organization that uses the law as a positive force for social change. Vargas interned last summer with the ACLU in El Paso where she researched border and immigration issues. She is currently a wage claim volunteer with the Worker’s Defense Project, where she helps workers recover unpaid wages. Vargas is involved with the Human Rights Law Society and the National Lawyers Guild and is also pursuing a Masters degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

About the University Co-op:

The University Co-op is a not-for-profit corporation owned by the students, faculty and staff of The University of Texas at Austin. In 2005–2006, the University Co-op provided UT with more than $4 million in gifts and rebates.

Related Links:

University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program:
http://www.utlawjusticecenter.org/activities/coop.html

University Co-op:
www.universitycoop.com

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law:
www.utlawjusticecenter.org