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April 21, 2010

Six Law School students named University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellows

Photo of the 2010 University Co-op Public Interest Fellows

The 2010 University Co-op Public Interest Fellows are, left to right, Meredith Shytles, Adriana Rodriguez, Daniel Lenhoff, Lawson Konvalinka, Kathryn Krumholtz, and Jeremiah Fugit.

Six students at the University of Texas School of Law have been selected as the 2010 University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellows. The fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding students between their second and third years of law school to support their summer public-interest work.

This summer each fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend. The fellowships are made possible by a grant from the University Co-op, and are administered by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at the Law School.

The following students have been selected as the 2010 University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellows:

Jeremiah Fugit, ’11, will work for the New York Legal Aid Society’s Prisoners’ Rights Project, assisting clients within the New York City jail system with complaints about their treatment. Last summer Fugit interned with U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal in Houston. At the Law School he has participated in the Housing Clinic, is staff editor for the Review of Litigation, and is a member of the Human Rights Law Society and the Public Interest Law Association. Fugit was involved with Fordham Prisoners’ Rights Advocates, the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office, and Amnesty International during his first year, which was spent at Fordham University School of Law.

Lawson Konvalinka, ’11, will work with The Bronx Defenders, a public defender office in New York City’s South Bronx that is committed to improving access to justice by providing holistic representation and comprehensive legal services. Last summer he worked for the Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans. Konvalinka, an Equal Justice Scholar at the Law School, is co-president of the Public Interest Law Association and a member of the Texas Law Review, and was a student leader for the Law School’s January 2009 pro bono trip to Gulfport, Mississippi and January 2010 pro bono trip to the Rio Grande Valley.  

Kathryn Krumholtz, ’11, will work with the Orleans Public Defenders, an independent legal office responsible for providing legal representation to indigent individuals charged with criminal offenses in Orleans Parish, assisting in the representation of criminal defendants. Last summer she worked for a law firm in Dayton, Ohio. At the Law School she has participated in the Capital Punishment Clinic and is a member of the Criminal Law Association and the Women’s Law Caucus.

Daniel Lenhoff, ’11, will work for the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, focusing on death penalty litigation. Last summer he worked for the Texas Defender Service in Houston, assisting with capital defense in both trial and post-conviction habeas proceedings. He has also worked for TDS in Austin during the school year as a Baron & Budd Scholar. Lenhoff, a Public Service Scholar with the Justice Center, is a member of the Texas Law Review, OUTLaw, and the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association.

Adriana Rodriguez, ’11, will work with American Gateways in Austin, assisting immigrant survivors of abuse. Last summer she interned in Laredo with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and U.S. District Judge George Kazen. During the school year, she interns with the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid consumer team in Austin and is active in Street Law, the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, the Domestic Violence Survivors Support Network, and the UT Law Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. She participated in the 2010 UT Law winter break pro bono trip to the Rio Grande Valley.

Meredith Shytles, ’11, will work for Advocacy, Inc., in Austin, which represents clients with disabilities, assisting in the domestic violence unit. Last summer she worked for the Texas Advocacy Project in Austin, assisting victims of domestic violence. At the Law School she participates in the Immigration Clinic, is active in the Public Interest Law Association and Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and participated in the 2009 UT Law winter break pro bono trip to Gulfport, Mississippi. She also volunteers for Jane’s Due Process.

About the University Co-op:

The University Co-op is a not-for-profit corporation owned by the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2000, the Co-op has given over $28 million to UT in the form of gifts, grants, rebates, and royalties.

Related Links:

University Co-op

University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellowships

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

Contacts: Mary Crouter, Assistant Director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, UT Law, 512-232-7855, mcrouter@law.utexas.edu