David Giannaula

Scholar, Consumer / Economic Justice,
Class of 2021
David Giannaula

"The staff, students and alumni of the William Wayne Justice Center made me feel welcomed and supported from day one. As an Equal Justice Scholar, I was immediately plugged into the heart of the public interest community at Texas Law. Even in my first semester, I was able to attend public interest conferences, participate in pro bono legal clinics, and interact with public interest attorneys. Being connected to such a supportive network was vital to my law school experience."

David Giannaula is a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia providing debt collection defense and bankruptcy assistance to low-income District of Columbia residents hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Texas Law, David participated in the Justice Center’s student advisory board and the Public Interest Law Association, and was a co-organizer of GRITS (Texas Law's annual, student-led "Getting Radical in the South" conference) his 2L year. He volunteered for several pro bono projects, helping community members expunge criminal records, counseling young adults and their families about alternatives to guardianships, and assisting immigrants at a detention facility, and participated in the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic, Supreme Court Clinic, and Immigration Clinic. David is a class of 2021 Chancellor, one of sixteen law students who achieved the highest grade point averages in their class through their second year.

The summer after his 1L year, David worked in Harrisburg with the Community Justice Project, a non-profit legal aid law firm that challenges policies and practices that cause hardship to low-income people throughout Pennsylvania. The summer after his 2L year, he worked with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Office of Appellate Advocacy in Washington, D.C. David also served as the 2019-20 and 2020-21 Scott Ozmun Fellow with Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, assisting local law firms on pro bono family law matters.

Before coming to law school, David taught English Language Arts to middle schoolers in Miami-Dade County as a Teach for America Corps Member and then served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic supporting a local school and helping undocumented children enroll in school.