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August 15, 2006

Press Contacts: Eden Harrington, Director of William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, UT Law, (512) 232-7068, eharrington@law.utexas.edu or Jodi Bart, Communications Coordinator, UT Law, (512) 232-1408, jbart@law.utexas.edu.

UT Law Awards Equal Justice Scholarship to Jessica Cassidy, '09

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Jessica Cassidy

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas School of Law has awarded Jessica Cassidy, ’09, the Law School’s Equal Justice Scholarship.

The purpose of the Equal Justice Scholarship is to help increase access to justice in Texas by supporting recipients’ work in public interest during law school and after graduation. Cassidy has committed to working full-time for three years after graduation for a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization engaged in providing civil legal services to the underserved in Texas.

“The Equal Justice Scholarship helps a promising new lawyer to serve the public good without the burden of educational debt. It also recognizes the critical importance of public service and 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 scholarship program. 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.

Cassidy is an honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, ’05, where she majored in government and philosophy. She spent the last year at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and is working toward a joint degree in law and public affairs. In addition to her studies, Cassidy volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in Travis County courts and serves as the UT Austin Graduate Student Assembly vice president for external affairs. At the LBJ School, Cassidy is particularly interested in health law and policy, with a focus on HIV/AIDS disease and its impact on women. “I hope that combined training in law and public policy will enable me to help people with individual, tailored solutions, as well as through broad policy innovation,” Cassidy said.

“Jessica was selected to receive the Equal Justice Scholarship because of her impressive record of service and her commitment to equality and access to justice for all,” said Harrington. “We look forward to working with her and know the Law School will benefit from her energy and leadership.”

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:
UT Law’s First Equal Justice Scholarship Awarded to Kathrine Russell, '08: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/030106_equaljustice.html

Equal Justice Scholarships Created for Future Legal Aid Lawyers:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/100504_ajscholarships.html

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/publicinterest/

Texas Access to Justice Commission:
http://www.texasatj.org