"I am immensely grateful for the support, mentorship, and opportunities the William Wayne Justice Center has provided me in my law school career. It is such a privilege to be part of the Justice Center where I am surrounded by a community of people who support public interest students. The guidance the staff at the Justice Center continuously offer me is invaluable, both academically and professionally. With their support, as a 3L, I am excited to continue learning and developing my skills as an advocate."
At Texas Law, Jill Applegate participates in the Justice Center’s student advisory board and is an associate editor of the Texas Law Review and a two-year Teaching Quizmaster. As a 2L, she also served as co-president of the Public Interest Law Association and a co-organizer of GRITS (Texas Law's annual, student-led "Getting Radical in the South" conference). Jill has volunteered for several pro bono projects, including assisting immigrants at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center and the Karnes County Family Residential Center (both ICE detention facilities), and has participated in the Immigration Clinic and Civil Rights Clinic. She is currently completing a semester-long internship with the Holistic Defense Team of the Capital Area Private Defender Service in Austin focusing on immigration law issues.
The summer after her 1L year, Jill worked with the Detention Project at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago. Last summer, she worked with the Immigration Defense Practice at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in New York. After graduation, Jill will clerk for Judge Robert Pitman of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.
Before coming to law school, Jill worked at The DREAM Project in the Dominican Republic helping elementary school children apply for late registration of their births.