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April 27, 2009

Justice Center announces George M. Fleming Public Interest Summer Fellowship

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Maka Hutson, ’11

The University of Texas School of Law has selected first-year student Maka Hutson as the inaugural George M. Fleming Public Interest Summer Fellow.

This fellowship program, generously supported by George M. Fleming, ’71, provides funding for students to work on issues related to health law, healthcare access, and healthcare benefits. Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend to work for at least ten weeks over the summer with a nonprofit legal organization on projects within the program’s scope.

Hutson will work for Texas Appleseed to help conduct a study of the immigration court system’s treatment of detainees with mental illness and access to mental health services by immigrant detainees in Texas. She was an undergraduate in Russia and obtained a master of arts from the University of Texas at Austin, where she later worked as a program coordinator in the International Office assisting international students. She is a member of the Public Interest Law Association and the Women’s Law Caucus.

This spring the Law School also awarded the first George M. Fleming Fellowship in Health Law, which funds an outstanding third-year student to work for two years after graduation in health law and advocacy, including access to healthcare and benefits. The first fellow, Whitney Hill, will work with the Juvenile Rights Project in Portland, Oregon, helping low-income children with disabilities obtain appropriate services in schools.

“These fellowships recognize the important relationship between the pursuit of justice and health law and policy. It is an honor to support these students’ work in this area,” said Eden Harrington, Director of the Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, which administers both fellowship programs.

Related links:

The George McMillan Fleming Center for Law and Innovation in Biomedicine and Healthcare

Three UT Law students awarded Justice Corps Fellowships to pursue public interest legal projects

Contacts:

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