Five students receive 2023 Baron & Budd Public Interest Summer Fellowships

Five students at the University of Texas School of Law have been selected to receive Baron & Budd Public Interest Summer Fellowships for the coming summer. The program will provide each fellow with an $8,000 stipend to work full-time for at least 10 weeks providing legal services to underrepresented individuals or communities.

The fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from the Baron & Budd law firm and are administered by the Justice Center in conjunction with the Law School’s Summer Public Service Program.

The following students will receive 2023 Baron & Budd Public Interest Summer Fellowships:

Luca Azzariti ’25 with work with the ACLU of Texas in Houston assisting the legal staff with legal research, factual investigation, and drafting of memoranda.

Nina Colombotos ’24 will work with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s employment and immigration teams in Austin.

Sophia Hess ’25 will work for the Center for Law and Education in Boston, helping non-English speaking clients with children with disabilities understand their rights and supporting the Center’s efforts to remove barriers to a quality education for low-income families.

William Rocci ’25 will work at the Texas Fair Defense Project in Austin assisting marginalized communities to fight the criminalization of poverty.

Marisol Sobek ’25 will work with Disability Rights Texas in Austin, drafting litigation documents, assisting in hearing preparation, conducting legal research, and meeting with clients.