The University of Texas School of Law is proud to announce its participation in the Gallogly Family Foundation’s Public Interest Fellowship Program, which supports recent graduates of Texas Law, the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and American University Washington College of Law. Fellows work for nonprofit organizations that provide direct legal services to low-income individuals and/or those deprived of their civil or human rights. The fellowships increase the number of people who receive legal services and help new lawyers pursue careers in public interest law.
The Gallogly Family Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowships provide a salary of $45,000.00 and up to $5,000.00 to help cover the cost of health benefits for the fellow. The fellowship is for one year, with the option to renew for an additional year.
“Texas Law is honored that the Gallogly Family Foundation has chosen to support our graduates through this fellowship program,” said Eden Harrington, director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law. “These outstanding new lawyers are committed to public service and we are confident their efforts will benefit their clients and communities. We greatly appreciate the generosity of the Gallogly family in creating these new fellowships.”
In its inaugural year of partnering with Texas Law, the Gallogly Family Foundation has awarded the following fellowships:
Kelsey Chapple ’16 will work at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles representing undocumented female workers experiencing employment-related abuses such as harassment, discrimination, wage theft, and retaliation. At Texas Law, Chapple was on the editorial board of the Texas Law Review, a research assistant to Professor Cary Franklin, a Teaching Quizmaster, and served as the president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She participated in the Civil Rights Clinic, the Domestic Violence Clinic, and the Mithoff Pro Bono Program’s 2014 winter break trip to the Texas Rio Grande Valley. In the summers she interned with Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Litigation and Law Department and with the American Civil Liberties Union Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, both in Washington, D.C. She is a class of 2016 Chancellor and a member of the Order of the Coif.
Chapple is currently clerking for Judge Randolph Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. Last year she clerked for Judge Theodore McKee, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Philadelphia.
Marissa Latta ’18 will work at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Austin to increase housing access and reduce homelessness for individuals with criminal histories. At Texas Law, Latta helped organize and develop disability-related projects as a Mithoff Pro Bono Scholar, and participated in the Housing Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, Mental Health Clinic, and Transnational Worker Rights Clinic. She was Editor in Chief of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights and a Teaching Quizmaster as both a 2L and 3L. Latta worked for Texas Appleseed, Disability Rights Texas, and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. She is a class of 2018 Chancellor and “Keeper of the Peregrinus.”