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March 13, 2008

Aaron Johnson awarded Faculty Post-Graduate Fellowship in Public Interest Law

Aaron Johnson Aaron Johnson ’08

The William Wayne Justice Center at the University of Texas School of Law is proud to announce that this year’s Law Faculty Post-Graduate Fellowship in Public Interest Law was awarded to Aaron Johnson, ’08.

The Fellowship program was created in 2005 through generous contributions from members of the law faculty and the Law School. Its purpose is to create opportunities for outstanding graduating students to work with public interest legal organizations on behalf of underrepresented individuals or groups. Selected by a faculty committee based on his project proposal, Johnson will receive a stipend of $37,000 for one year. The Fellowship will help him launch a career in public interest law.

He will work with the Equal Justice Center, a nonprofit employment justice and civil rights organization in Austin, helping low-income immigrant workers recover unpaid wages. In addition to representing workers, he will develop innovative methods to involve private lawyers in wage recovery for low-income working men and women.

“Even as a student Aaron has shown great interest and skill in helping immigrant workers enforce their basic right to be paid properly for their work,” said Bill Beardall, director of the Equal Justice Center and a clinical professor who directs the Law School’s Transnational Worker Rights Clinic. “This fellowship will enable Aaron to empower the working poor, hone his talents as an employment lawyer, and expand the role of the private bar in representing low-wage workers.”

In addition to participating in the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic, Johnson serves as notes editor of The Review of Litigation and is a sergeant in the Army Reserve. Before attending the Law School, he was deployed in Iraq.

“It is a privilege to support this outstanding student as he begins his public interest career and works to address the needs of immigrant workers,” said Eden Harrington, director of the Justice Center, which administers the fellowship program.

Related Links:

Equal Justice Center

UT Law Faculty Post-Graduate Fellowship in Public Interest Law

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330, kfortune@law.utexas.edu