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October 1, 2009

Four UT Law students receive Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarships

Photo of Daniel Lenhoff, John

				    Rhoads, Adriana Rodriguez, and Devon Helfmeyer

The 2009–2010 recipients of the Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarships, left to right: Daniel Lenhoff, John Rhoads, Adriana Rodriguez, and Devon Helfmeyer.

AUSTIN, Texas — Four students at the University of Texas School of Law have been selected to receive Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarships for the 2009–2010 academic year. The scholarship provides financial support to students who commit to working three hundred pro bono hours during the school year with a nonprofit organization providing legal services to underserved individuals or communities.

The scholarships provide a $4,500 stipend and are made possible by a generous gift from the Baron & Budd law firm. They 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 work to help the underserved in our community,” said Eden Harrington, director of the Justice Center. “Baron & Budd is giving our students the chance to gain valuable experience while providing much-needed legal assistance to low-income Texans. The Law School is very grateful for the firm’s support.”

The following students will receive 2009–2010 Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarships:

Devon Helfmeyer, ’11, will work for the Texas Civil Rights Project assisting with civil rights cases. He also worked the Texas Civil Rights Project last summer.

Daniel Lenhoff , ’11, will work with the Texas Defender Service assisting with the trial project, which drafts trial motions and trains capital trial attorneys. Last summer he worked with the Texas Defender Service in its Houston office.

John Rhoads, ’11, will work with Advocacy, Inc. helping clients obtain assistive technologies. Last summer he interned with U.S. District Judge David Gregory Kays in Kansas City, Missouri.

Adriana Rodriguez, ’11, will work with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid assisting clients with consumer-related problems. Last summer she interned in Laredo with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and with U.S. District Judge George Kazen.

About Baron & Budd:

Baron & Budd PC is one of the largest plaintiffs’ firms in the country representing people exposed to toxic substances in their work and living environments. The firm established the Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarships at UT Law to support students engaged in pro bono work.

About the Justice Center:

The William Wayne Justice Center at UT 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.

Related links:

Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarship Program:
http://www.utlawjusticecenter.org/baronandbudd/index.html

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law:
http://www.utlawjusticecenter.org

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