University of Texas at Austin
School of Law
The following students at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law have received fellowships from Equal Justice America. These fellowships are made possible by contributions from University of Texas law alumni. With continued support from the alumni, we look forward to putting many more University of Texas law students to work providing vitally needed legal assistance to the poor.
(Equal Justice America is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation unaffiliated with any law school.)
Please click the links below to read more about the students’ EJA Fellowships.
“This is a crucial time for legal aid organizations, with more people becoming eligible for representation by legal aid and needing legal services due to the current recession. I’ve been fortunate enough to receive support for my work from the Justice Center at The University of Texas School of Law and Equal Justice America, both of which make it possible for law students like me to assist in providing free legal services.” – Sidonia Mitchell, University of Texas at Austin School of Law, EJA Summer Fellow 2020
- Jill Applegate worked at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in NYC.
- Emma Fichtel worked at the Equal Justice Center in Austin.
- Malia Hamilton worked at the Texas Legal Services Center in Austin.
- E. Sidonia Mitchell worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
- Carolina Rivera worked at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Washington, DC.
- Jill Applegate worked at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago.
- David Giannaula worked at the Community Justice Project in Harrisburg, PA.
- Chloe Kempf worked at Disability Rights Texas in Austin.
- Meredith Luneack worked at the Detroit Justice Center.
- Nicolas Sawyer worked at the Texas Fair Defense Project in Austin.
- Laura Tucker worked at the Equal Justice Center in Austin.
- Harjeen Zibari worked at the ACLU of Texas in Dallas.
- Ashley Alcantara worked at the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin.
- Matthew Caponi worked at the Refugee Services of Texas in Austin.
- Marissa Jeffery worked at the Texas Legal Services Center in Austin.
- Priscille Kazadi worked at the Texas Advocacy Project in Austin.
- Caitlin Machell worked at The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, DC.
- Natalie Neill, Anna Roberson and Laura Tucker worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
Marissa Balonon-Rosen worked at The Capital Appeals Project (CAP) and the Promise of Justice Initiative (PJI) in New Orleans.
Sophie Kivett worked at The Legal Aid Society in New York City.
Colleen Tennent worked at the Equal Justice Center in Austin.
“The high volume of cases, even after we closed intake for the summer, along with the amount of turnover (not uncommon for nonprofits, though exceptionally concentrated in this instance) made for a somewhat hectic summer, though it also meant I was given a great amount of responsibility and productive, satisfying work to do, for which I was very grateful, and I am proud of what I accomplished. I particularly enjoyed being able to work directly with our clients, nearly all of whom were wonderfully polite, respectful, and grateful for our assistance, and carried with them incredible stories of hardship and perseverance. Additionally, the staff at [Refugee Services of Texas] were universally dedicated, hardworking, and as inspiring as the clients they served. It was a singularly rewarding experience and I am grateful to RST and to Equal Justice America for helping make it possible.” – Matthew Caponi, University of Texas at Austin School of Law, EJA Summer Fellow 2018
- Hannah Alexander worked at Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin.
- Leah Glowacki worked at Mental Health Advocacy Services in Los Angeles.
- Alexander Goeman and Veronica Portillo worked at the Equal Justice Center in Austin.
- John Masio worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
- Alaina Zermeno worked at Catholic Charities of Dallas – Immigration & Legal Services.
- Cassidy Daniels, Mark Daube and Austin Whitmore worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Austin.
- Lisa Kinzer worked at Disability Rights Texas in Austin.
- Abby Anna Batko-Taylor worked at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR).
Michael Cowles worked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, DC.
Christopher Furlong worked at Greater Boston Legal Services.
Jacqueline Hagan, Rene Mai, Linda Pena and Leigh Ann Tognetti worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
Audrey Lynn worked at the Equal Justice Center in Austin.
- Mary Futcher worked at the Texas Advocacy Project in Austin.
- Martha Buttry worked at American Gateways in Austin.
- Richard Greene worked at Advocacy, Inc. in Austin.
- Patrick Johnson worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
- Jerry Maddox worked at Texas Appleseed in Austin.
- Sara Puls worked the Texas Advocacy Project. Israel Saenz worked at the Equal Justice Center in Austin.
- Susannah Volpe worked at the Legal Aid Society of New York City.
“I could not have imagined a better summer internship. I learned so much in so little time, worked with so many amazing people at Disability Rights Texas, and was able to meaningfully contribute to the fight for civil rights for people with disabilities. I am very grateful for Equal Justice America for facilitating this opportunity and I look forward to remaining part of the EJA team.” – Chole Kempf, University of Texas at Austin School of Law, EJA Summer Fellow 2019
- Meghan Abigail worked at Catholic Charities Legal Services Division in Dallas.
- Jessica Cohen worked at the Texas Advocacy Project.
- Joseph Hinojosa worked at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project.
- Yuri Jimenez worked at the Equal Justice Center.
- Jamie Larmond worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
- Ryan Lovell, Jorge Vela and Keneshia Washington worked at American Gateways.
- Jose Valtzar (Martinez) worked at Texas Appleseed in Austin.
- Mary Murphy worked at Advocacy, Inc.
- Craig Gipson worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
- Karla Vargas worked at Workers Defense Project in Austin, TX.
- Lina Chagoya, Reese Dameron, and Jacob Mancha worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
- Amanda Traphagan worked at Advocacy, Inc.
- Rebecca Ryan and Ian Spechler worked at Advocacy, Inc.
- Maria Diaz Bancalari worked at Political Asylum Project of Austin (PAPA).
- Betty Chen worked at the Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles.
- Kelly Stolpman worked at the Pro Bono Institute in Washington, DC.
- Kelly Stolpman worked at Legal Aid Services of Oregon.
- Magda Herrera worked at Legal Services of South Central Michigan.
- Celina Leal worked at Texas Rural Legal Aid.
“Thank you again for funding my work at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid this summer. It has been a rewarding experience, and has helped me confirm my own commitment to legal aid work as a career.“ – Kiah DeBolt, University of Texas at Austin School of Law, EJA Summer Fellow 2017
- Joseph Neugart and Amanda Orchard worked at PAPA.
- Mark Ellenbogen and Jessie Kempf worked at Legal Aid of Central Texas.
- Jennifer Hutchcroft and Laura Tansey worked at PAPA.
- Melynda Pryce and Laura Tansey worked at PAPA.
- Katherine Evans worked at Legal Aid of Central Texas.
- Henry Cruz and Celestino Gallegos worked at PAPA.
- Henry Cruz worked at PAPA.
- John Heffner and Nathan Lichvarcik worked at Legal Aid of Central Texas.
- Matt de Ferranti worked at the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation.
- Kimberly Jarrett worked at PAPA.
- Iliana Munoz worked at Legal Aid of Central Texas.
- Ahmad Keshavarz worked at Legal Aid of Central Texas.
Fall 1997/Spring 1998
- Lisa Barrera worked at Legal Aid of Central Texas.
- Ahmad Keshavarz worked at Legal Aid of Central Texas.