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February 17, 2010

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

The University of Texas Law School’s Justice Corps program recently awarded fellowships to practice public-interest law to two third-year students at the Law School. Kyle Marie Stock was awarded the George M. Fleming Fellowship in Health Law, while Stephanie Kolmar was awarded the Julius Glickman Fellowship in Public Interest Law.

The Justice Corps program, which offers two-year fellowships to recent Law School graduates to work for public interest legal organizations, was launched in 2008 with the twin goals of increasing access to justice and supporting Law School graduates interested in serving the public. Each fellowship provides $50,000 per year for full-time legal work on a project sponsored by an existing public interest legal organization and supervised by a licensed attorney. Recipients are selected by a faculty committee. The Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law administers the Justice Corps program.

Photo of Kyle Marie Stock

Kyle Marie Stock, ’10

Kyle Marie Stock—George M. Fleming Fellowship in Health Law
Southwest Women’s Law Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Kyle Marie Stock will work with the Southwest Women’s Law Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to increase access for women to public benefits programs and to ensure that health reform adequately addresses comprehensive women’s health services. According to Stock, women in New Mexico fare worse than those in almost all other states in every category of need: “Ensuring that women have access to healthcare is fundamental to economic and healthcare outcomes for women and girls in New Mexico,” she said.

As a UT Law student, Stock has focused on women’s rights, and she plans to pursue a career in the field. Last summer she worked for the Texas Advocacy Project in Austin, assisting victims of domestic violence. She spent the summer after her 1L year with the Texas Civil Rights Project in San Juan, Texas. At the Law School, Stock founded the University of Texas Chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She has participated in the Immigration Clinic and the Capital Punishment Clinic, is a member of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law’s student advisory board, and worked as a research assistant for the Law School’s Center for Women in Law. Stock graduated with honors from the University of Michigan and is the Class of 2010 recipient of the Equal Justice Scholarship at the School of Law.

Photo of Stephanie Kolmar

Stephanie Kolmar, ’10

Stephanie Kolmar—Julius Glickman Fellowship in Public Interest Law
American Gateways
Austin

Stephanie Kolmar will work with American Gateways in Austin, developing a multifaceted approach to address the immigration consequences that can result from criminal convictions. “The key components of the project are support and training for the criminal bar in Central Texas on the immigration consequences of their non-citizen clients’ criminal dispositions, representation of individuals with criminal offenses in immigration court, and the development of legal resource materials on the intersection of immigration law and crimes,” she said.

Kolmar, who plans a career as a public interest immigration attorney, became interested in the intersection of immigration and criminal law last summer while working in Boston with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. During the summer after her first year at the Law School, she clerked for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project in Harlingen. She has also worked with American Gateways during the school year, assisting immigrant victims of crime and detainees at the immigrant detention center in Taylor. At the Law School, she has worked as an advanced student in the Immigration Clinic and has also participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic and the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic. Kolmar is co-president of the Public Interest Law Association and has been a Public Service Scholar with the Justice Center. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Brownsville.

Eden Harrington, director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, said Kolmar and Stock were well prepared to make their fellowship projects successful. “From the first day of law school, Kyle and Stephanie have exhibited an extraordinary commitment to helping clients in need and to improving society,” Harrington said. “They will be outstanding lawyers, and we are proud to help launch their legal careers through the Justice Corps.”

Links:

Justice Corps

Southwest Women’s Law Center

American Gateways

Contact:

Eden Harrington, director, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, 512-232-7068