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October 1, 2009

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

Photo of Ruth Rosenthal, Daniel Lenhoff, Anjela Jenkins, Devon Helfmeyer, Leah Farrell

The 20092010 Public Service Scholars with the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, left to right: Ruth Rosenthal, Daniel Lenhoff, Anjela Jenkins, Devon Helfmeyer, Leah Farrell.

AUSTIN, Texas ― Five students have been selected to serve as Public Service Scholars for 2009–2010 year 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 show a remarkable dedication to careers in public service along with strong academic credentials and a 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 2009-2010 Public Service Scholars:

Leah Farrell, ’11, a New York University graduate, is involved with the Human Rights Law Society, the Public Interest Law Association, Street Law, and the Domestic Violence Survivor Support Network. Before attending law school she worked with the ACLU of Utah and Common Ground Relief in New Orleans. Last summer she interned with Utah Legal Services and a Utah appeals court judge. During the school year she will work with Refugee Services of Texas and will participate in the Human Rights Clinic.

Devon Helfmeyer, ’11, a magna cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, is articles editor of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and an officer of Texas Law Fellowships. Last summer he clerked for the Texas Civil Rights Project, where he will continue to work during the school year. While in college he founded his school’s ACLU chapter and served on the board of directors of the ACLU of North Carolina.

Anjela Jenkins , ’11, a cum laude graduate of Tulane University, is pursuing a joint masters degree in government with a focus on comparative public law. At the Law School, she is involved with the Women’s Law Caucus, the Chicano Hispanic Law Students Association, the Domestic Violence Survivor Support Network, and the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association, and is participating in the Human Rights Clinic. Last summer she clerked for American Gateways, where she also volunteers as a translator.

Daniel Lenhoff , ’11, is a graduate of Rice University, where he founded an LGBT support group. He is a member of the Texas Law Review, the Chicano Hispanic Law Students Association, and OUTLaw. Last summer he worked with the Texas Defender Service in Houston. During the school year he will work for the Austin office of TDS and participate in the Capital Punishment Clinic.

Ruth Rosenthal, ’10, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, is the former president of OUTLaw and is involved with the Public Interest Law Association and the LGBT Grad Board. Last summer she clerked with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. She has also worked for the Travis County Mental Health Public Defender and Advocacy, Inc., and has participated in the Capital Punishment Clinic and the Immigration Clinic.

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.

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

Related Link:

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