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March 21, 2008

Justice Center selects University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellows

2008 Coop Fellows 2008 Co-op Summer Fellows (left to right) Spencer Wilson, Brett Kaufman, Whitney Hill, Aron Israelite, Lisa Snead, and Jessica Cassidy

Six students at The University of Texas School of Law have been selected as the 2008 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.

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

The following students have been selected as the 2008 University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellows:

Jessica Cassidy, ’09, will work with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Austin, assisting the family/domestic violence team. She is currently working at the Texas Advocacy Project helping to represent victims of domestic violence. Last summer she worked for the ACLU of Texas, researching immigration, border, and national security issues. She is an Equal Justice Scholar at the Law School and is pursuing a joint degree at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Cassidy has participated in the Capital Punishment Clinic and is active in student organizations, including the Public Interest Law Association and Texas Law Fellowships.

Whitney Hill, ’09, will work with the Juvenile Rights Project in Portland, Oregon. She is currently working with Advocacy, Inc., assisting clients with disabilities. Last summer she clerked for the family law department of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Austin. Hill participates in the Children’s Rights Clinic, volunteers as a Big Sister, and is active in student organizations including Concerned Students for LRAP, which she co-chairs, and Street Law. She is a Public Service Scholar with the Justice Center.

Aron Israelite, ’09, will work for the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia, a non-profit public interest law firm focusing on the criminal justice system and the rights of defendants and prisoners in the South. Last summer he worked for the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin, assisting in civil rights litigation. Israelite has participated in the National Security and Human Rights Clinic, is Notes Editor of the Texas Law Review, co-chair of Concerned Students for LRAP, and is a Public Service Scholar with the Justice Center.

Brett Kaufman, ’09, will also work for the Southern Center for Human Rights. Last summer he clerked for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica, working on cases involving extrajudicial killings and freedom of expression. Kaufman has participated in the National Security and Human Rights Clinic, is Book Review Editor of the Texas Law Review, and is a Human Rights Scholar with the Rapoport Center.

Lisa Snead, ’09, will work for the Texas Advocacy Project in Austin, assisting victims of domestic violence. Last summer she clerked for the Court Appointed Special Advocates in Newport News, Virginia, working with children in the foster care system. Snead is a student attorney with the Domestic Violence Clinic, is active in the Public Interest Law Association and the Domestic Violence Survivor Support Network, and is a Public Service Scholar with the Justice Center.

Spencer Wilson, ’09, will work for Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland, California, assisting the housing unit. Last summer he clerked for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Austin on consumer litigation matters. Wilson is Notes Editor for the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and is a member of the Human Rights Law Society. He also serves as a court watch fellow for the Texas Watch Foundation.

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. Since 2000, the Co-op has given over thirty million dollars to UT in the form of gifts, grants, rebates, and royalties.

Related Links:

University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program

University Co-op

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

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

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