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March 30, 2009

Justice Center announces University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellows

Photo of 2009 Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellows

University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellows, (left to right) Kyle Marie Stock, ’10; Bridgett Mayeux, ’10; Jill Davis, ’10; Lawson Konvalinka, ’11; and Stephanie Kolmar, ’10.

Four students at the University of Texas School of Law have been selected as the 2009 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 $5,000 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 2009 University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellows:

Jill Davis, ’10, will work with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network in Westminster, Colorado, helping to represent immigrant children who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. She will also assist detainees at a nearby immigrant detention center. Last summer she worked for the Office of the Texas Attorney General in the Consumer Protection and Public Health Division. Davis is an advanced student in the Immigration Clinic and plans to pursue a career in immigration law.

Stephanie Kolmar, ’10, will work in Boston with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. Last summer she clerked for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project in Harlingen. She currently works with American Gateways in Austin, assisting immigrant victims of crime and detainees at the immigrant detention center in Hutto. She is an advanced student in the Immigration Clinic and also participates in the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic. She is co-president of the Public Interest Law Association and a Public Service Scholar with the Justice Center.

Bridgett Mayeux, ’10, will work for the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin, assisting in civil rights litigation. Last summer she worked on international human rights cases with the Advocacy Forum in Nepal. She currently works with American Gateways in Austin, assisting with asylum cases. Mayeux, who served in the Air Force in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, has participated in the National Security Clinic and is a Human Rights Scholar with the Rapoport Center. She is a founder of the Texas Law Veterans Association and is active in the Human Rights Law Society and the Public Interest law Association.

Kyle Marie Stock, ’10, will work for the Texas Advocacy Project in Austin, assisting victims of domestic violence. Last summer she worked with the South Texas Civil Rights Project in the Access to Justice Internship Program. Stock, an Equal Justice Scholar at the Law School, has participated in the Capital Punishment Clinic, is founder of the UT Chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and is vice-president of the Public Interest Law Association. She has also served on the board of Lilith: A Fund for Reproductive Equity.

The Justice Center also announced that Lawson Konvalinka, ’11, will receive a University Co-op Hurricane Relief Summer Fellowship to work for the Orleans Public Defenders, an independent legal office responsible for providing legal representation to indigent individuals charged with criminal offenses in the Orleans Parish that was established in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Konvalinka, an Equal Justice Scholar at the Law School, helped lead the Law School’s January 2009 pro bono trip, organizing thirty-six law students to travel to Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi to volunteer on hurricane-related legal issues. Last summer, Anastasia Cunningham-Thomas, ’10, received a similar fellowship to support her clerkship with the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation.

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 twenty-five 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