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August 17, 2007

UT Law’s Third Equal Justice Scholarship Awarded to Kyle Marie Stock

Equal Justice Scholarship recipient Kyle Marie Stock Equal Justice Scholarship recipient Kyle Marie Stock

The University of Texas School of Law has awarded the third Equal Justice Scholarship to Kyle Marie Stock, an incoming first-year law student. The scholarship covers full tuition and fees for three years of legal study.

The Equal Justice Scholarship was established to increase access to justice in Texas by supporting recipients’ work in public interest during law school and after graduation. Stock has committed to working full-time for three years after graduation for a nonprofit organization engaged in providing civil legal services to the underserved in Texas.

“The Equal Justice Scholarship helps a promising new lawyer serve the public good without the burden of educational debt. It also recognizes the critical importance of public service and the Law School’s obligation to train public interest lawyers,” said Eden Harrington, director of UT Law’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, which administers the program.

The Law School developed the scholarship in partnership with the Texas Access to Justice Commission and Baylor University School of Law, which has a similar program. The Law School committed to fund three scholarships, collectively valued at $135,000, over three years as a pilot program. The first two scholarships were awarded to Amber VanSchuyver, currently a third-year law student, and Jessica Cassidy, who is beginning her second year.

“A legal education is a tool that can be used to address societal inequalities,” Stock said. “I intend to use that tool to increase access to social justice for all people, but particularly for women.” Stock is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she majored in anthropology. In addition to her studies, Stock served on the board of directors for the V-day College Campaign, an effort to end violence against women and girls. Since moving to Austin, Stock has served on the board of directors for Lilith: A Fund for Reproductive Equity.

“Kyle has been awarded the Equal Justice Scholarship because of her demonstrated commitment to using the law to better the lives of others,” Harrington said. “She is already actively engaged in ensuring equal rights for women, and we are pleased to support her legal education.”

The William Wayne Justice Center 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
http://www.utlawjusticecenter.com/

UT Law Awards Equal Justice Scholarship to Jessica Cassidy, ’09:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/081506_cassidy.html

UT Law Awards Equal Justice Scholarship to Amber VanSchuyver, ’08:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2007/012407_scholarship.html

Equal Justice Scholarships Created for Future Legal Aid Lawyers:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/100504_ajscholarships.html

Texas Access to Justice Commission:
http://www.texasatj.org

Press contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or kfortune@law.utexas.edu