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July 31, 2009

UT Law’s Fifth Equal Justice Scholarship Awarded to Jordan Pollock

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Jordan Pollock, ’12

The University of Texas School of Law has awarded the fifth Equal Justice Scholarship to Jordan Pollock, an incoming first-year law student. The scholarship covers tuition and fees for three years of legal study. Pollock has committed to working after law school on a full-time basis for three years providing direct legal services to low-income individuals or groups at a non-profit organization in the United States.

The Equal Justice Scholarship was established to increase access to justice in Texas. The Law School developed the scholarship in partnership with the Texas Access to Justice Commission and Baylor University School of Law, which has a similar program. The Law School committed to fund three scholarships over three years as a pilot program. The scholarship’s scope has since been expanded to permit post-graduate work outside Texas.

Pollock joins current scholars Kyle Marie Stock, ’10, and Lawson Konvalinka, ’11, both leaders in the Law School’s public interest community. This summer, Stock is working with the Texas Advocacy Project in Austin, and Konvalinka is working with the Orleans Public Defender in New Orleans. The first two scholars, Amber VanSchuyver, ’08, and Jessica Cassidy, ’09, now Law School graduates, received prestigious, nationally competitive two-year post-graduate fellowships to fund their work for Texas non-profit legal organizations.

“The Equal Justice Scholarship helps a promising new lawyer serve the public good without the burden of educational debt. It also recognizes the Law School’s obligation to train public interest lawyers,” said Eden Harrington, director of UT Law’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, which administers the program. “We are proud of the scholars’ public interest work and leadership at the Law School.”

Pollock is a cum laude graduate of Duke University where she majored in Spanish and Italian with a certificate in Latin American Studies and ran an adult ESL program that served low-income immigrants in the local community. Following graduation Pollock studied in Argentina and worked as an immigration paralegal at the New York Legal Assistance Group. “Working with low-income immigrants, I was able to see how legal services can alter lives of the marginalized more rapidly and more fundamentally than any other social service,” Pollock said. “I want to understand the spectrum of my clients’ legal concerns and to learn to help them in a comprehensive manner. I also would like to be involved in policy work and class-action litigation to work for broader change.”

“Jordan has been awarded the Equal Justice Scholarship because of her demonstrated commitment to using the law to better the lives of others,” Harrington said. “She has already worked tirelessly to meet immigrants’ legal needs, and we are pleased to support her education.”

The William Wayne Justice Center 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.

Related links:

Equal Justice Scholarship

William Wayne Justice Center

Julien Devereux, Communications, UT Law, 512-232-2442, or