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Texas Access to Justice Foundation 
September 26, 2017

Texas Access to Justice Foundation Names 2017 Equal Justice Works Fellows

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, in partnership with Equal Justice Works, has announced the 2017 Texas Equal Justice Works Fellows. The nine recent law school graduates chosen as Fellows have developed new and innovative legal projects that will serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. The two-year Fellowship projects begin in September. 

The Equal Justice Works Fellowship initiative is the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the nation. Each year, hundreds of talented law school graduates apply to the program having designed their “dream job” with a nonprofit organization that has agreed to host the applicant, if awarded a Fellowship. Sponsors review project proposals and select candidates who meet criteria and complement their philanthropic and pro bono interests.

Since 2002, the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, as part of its commitment to ensuring access to justice for the poor, has sponsored the Fellowship projects.

This year’s Equal Justice Works Fellows are:

Brittany Harwell,
Georgetown University Law Center, Disability Rights Texas–San Antonio

Stephanie Champion,UCLA School of Law, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas–Dallas

Cristian Sanchez, University of Texas School of Law, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services–San Antonio

Natalie Schultheis, UC Berkeley, School of Law, ProBAR–Harlingen

Rebecca Eisenbrey, University of Michigan Law School, Equal Justice Center–Austin 

Brettney Moore, South Texas College of Law,  Beacon Law–Houston

Ann Garcia, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services–Fort Worth

Camille Van Kote, University of Houston Law Center, Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance–Houston

Daphne Wilson, Emory University, Texas Legal Services Center–Austin

The 2018 EJW Fellowship Application/Selection Process opens June 28, 2017. The application and supporting paperwork are due to Equal Justice Works no later than 5 p.m. EDT on September 27, 2017.

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The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, created by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1984, is the largest state-based funding source for the provision of civil legal aid in Texas. The organization is committed to the vision that all Texans will have equal access to justice, regardless of their income. The Foundation administers a variety of funding sources, which are earmarked to assist nonprofit organizations in providing legal aid to approximately 100,000 Texas families each year. For more information, please visit: www.teajf.org.


Equal Justice Works is the national leader in creating public interest opportunities for law students and lawyers. Collaborating with the nation’s leading law schools, law firms, corporate legal departments and nonprofit organizations, Equal Justice Works offers a continuum of opportunities that provide the training and skills that enable attorneys to provide effective representation to underserved communities and causes. Equal Justice Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For additional information about Equal Justice Works, please visit www.equaljusticeworks.org.

 

Contact: Kimberly Schmitt
512-320-0099, ext. 104
kschmitt@teajf.org

 

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