Students receive 2020 Baron & Budd Public Interest Summer Fellowships

Four 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 a $4,500 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 at the Law School by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law.

The following students will receive 2020 Baron & Budd Public Interest Summer Fellowships:

Jill Applegate ’21 will work with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in New York City assisting the immigration defense team with civil immigration matters including removal defense and affirmative applications for relief.

Sidonia Mitchell ’21 will work with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Edinburg, Texas on general civil matters, including disaster relief, public benefits, and labor and employment law.

Melissa Sopher ’21 will work with New York County Defender Services in New York City helping represent clients in criminal cases.

Jocelyne Torres ’22 will work with RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) in Austin assisting children who have been released from the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in immigration proceedings.