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Five students named Public Service Scholars with the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at UT Law

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2008–2009 Public Service Scholars are (left to right) Terry Schuster ’09, Spencer Wilson ’09, Lindsey Peebles ’10, Brett Kaufman ’09, and Stephanie Kolmar ’10

Five students have been selected to serve as Public Service Scholars for 2008–2009 with the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at The University of Texas School of Law.

The Law School awards scholarships each year to a group of outstanding students with a demonstrated commitment to studying, promoting, and working in public service. Each Scholar receives a $5,000 scholarship and works closely with the Justice Center on public service initiatives.

“These Scholars share a remarkable dedication to careers in public service along with strong academic credentials and a tremendous commitment to working for justice while in law school,” said Eden Harrington, Director of the Justice Center. “We look forward to working with these outstanding students.”

The following students were selected as the 2008–2009 Public Service Scholars:

Brett Kaufman, ’09, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, is book review editor of the Texas Law Review, a board member of the Human Rights Law Society, and has participated in the National Security and Human Rights Clinic. During his law school summers, he worked for the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica. After graduation, Kaufman will clerk for the Israeli Supreme Court and then work for the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement in Tel Aviv.

Stephanie Kolmar, ’10, a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Brownsville, is co-president of the Public Interest Law Association, a board member of the Human Rights Law Society, and a member of the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association. She currently participates in the Immigration Clinic. Last summer, Kolmar worked for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, and she will work for the Political Asylum Project of Austin during the school year. She plans a career in immigration law.

Lindsey Peebles, ’10, a cum laude graduate of Plan II at UT Austin, is a board member of the Human Rights Law Society and the Environmental Law Society and a member of the Public Interest Law Association. She also participates in the Environmental Clinic. Last summer she worked for the Wellington (New Zealand) Community Law Centre on refugee family reunification. She will work for the Texas Civil Rights Project during the school year.

Terry Schuster, ’09, a graduate of Duke University, is co-president of OUTlaw and has participated in the Capital Punishment Clinic. After his first year he worked for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Regional Public Defender’s Office in Del Rio, and last summer he worked for the Office of the Special Master of the California Department of Corrections Division of Juvenile Justice. He currently works for the Texas Youth Commission’s Office of the Independent Ombudsman, and he plans to continue work in prison reform after graduation.

Spencer Wilson, ’09, a graduate of Pomona College, is editor in chief of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and has participated in the Capital Punishment Clinic. He is also a fellow for the Texas Watch Foundation. After his first year he worked for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Austin. Last summer he worked for Bay Area Legal Aid assisting low-income clients in housing law matters. After law school, he hopes to return to the Bay area to represent tenants living in foreclosed properties.

About the Justice Center:

The William Wayne Justice Center at The University of Texas School of Law 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.

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William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

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