Two Awarded Texas Law Postgraduate Fellowships for 2017-18

The Justice Center  has selected two graduating students to receive law school-funded postgraduate “Justice Corps” fellowships with nonprofit organizations. The fellows were chosen by a faculty committee through a competitive process.

Anya Morgan ‘17 will receive the Julius Glickman Fellowship in Public Interest Law, funded by generous support from Julius Glickman ‘66, to work for the Northwest Justice Project in Seattle, Washington. Her project will assist low-income transgender people, providing services and training related to name and gender marker changes, health insurance appeals, and access to public benefits. At Texas Law, Morgan participated in the Domestic Violence Clinic and the Civil Rights Clinic, and helped lead pro se clinics for the Mithoff Pro Bono Program’s Trans Name and Gender Marker Project. She was a founding board member of the Texas Chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild, pro bono director of OUTLaw, a board member of Getting Radical in the South (the GRITS conference), and president of the Texas Law Yoga Club. She interned with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in New York and the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin.

“Low-income transgender people are extremely underserved by the legal community,” said Morgan “I’m grateful for the support of the Julius Glickman Fellowship, which will allow me to advocate for the transgender community in Washington state.”

Briana Perez ‘17 will receive the G. Rollie White Trust Fellowship in Public Interest Law, funded by generous support from the G. Rollie White Trust, to work with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in San Antonio. Her project will address the living conditions of immigrant children in family detention centers in South Texas.  At Texas Law, Perez participated in the Civil Rights Clinic, the Human Rights Clinic, and the Immigration Clinic. She was a Human Rights Scholar with the Rapoport Center, a Public Service Scholar with the Justice Center, and secretary of the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association. She interned with MALDEF, the Texas Civil Rights Project, and the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project in New York.

“The immigrant community as a whole is facing a time of extreme fear and uncertainty,” said Perez. “Thanks to the G. Rollie White Fellowship, I will be able to help advocate for women and children in family detention in south Texas during this difficult period in their lives.”

“These outstanding graduates are committed to serving the public and we are proud of their many accomplishments,” said Eden Harrington, Director of the Justice Center.  “The fellowships were created through the generosity of Julius Glickman and the G. Rollie White Trust, and we are very grateful for the support to enable Anya and Briana to embark on their public interest careers.”