Six students have been selected as the 2022 Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellows. The $6,000 fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding students who are committed to public service to support their summer public interest work.
The fellowships are made possible by a generous multi-year gift from Bill, ‘70, and Stephanie Whitehurst. The summer fellowships are administered by the Justice Center in conjunction with the law school’s Summer Public Service Program.
Each year the Whitehursts name the fellowships for lawyers and others they admire in hopes that the fellows will be inspired by the honorees’ work in the public interest. This year six individually named fellowships have been awarded to these members of the class of 2023:
The Trey Apffel Public Interest Law Fellowship has been awarded to Coby Cowan who will work in the Colorado Springs office of the Colorado Public Defender representing indigent clients who have been charged with misdemeanor and traffic offenses under the supervision of a licensed attorney.
The Lynn Bradshaw Public Interest Law Fellowship has been awarded to Claudia Gutierrez who will work with the Save Our Springs Alliance, an environmental protection organization in Austin, assisting with environmental litigation and monitoring state and federal agencies.
The Claude Ducloux Public Interest Law Fellowship has been awarded to Kirsten Budwine who will work with the Travis County Public Defender in Austin assisting attorneys and meeting with clients.
The Laurie Eiserloh Public Interest Law Fellowship has been awarded to Grace Thomas who will work with the Fair Elections Center in Washington, DC on projects protecting the right to vote.
The Marcy Greer Public Interest Law Fellowship has been awarded to Kenna Titus who will work with the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, DC assisting the Child Care/Early Learning team with state and federal advocacy.
The Erica Grigg Public Interest Law Fellowship has been awarded to McKenzie Green who will work with the Mecklenburg County Public Defender in Charlotte, North Carolina.