4Girls Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship in Law

The 4 Girls Foundation generously supports new two-year fellowship to enable new attorneys to begin their legal careers by engaging in public service to benefit society. The fellowship will fund an outstanding graduating student or judicial clerk to work with The Safe Alliance in Austin, Texas (SAFE).

SAFE is a merger of the Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, and offers services to survivors of child abuse and neglect, sexual assault and commercial exploitation, and domestic violence. SAFE’s legal team provides direct services and advice in a range of civil areas, including family law, immigration matters, and landlord/tenant disputes, as well as on criminal law issues.

The fellow will provide services to SAFE clients by offering direct representation, legal advice, pro se assistance, and community resources and referrals. The fellow will primarily serve clients who present outstanding criminal warrants or have been issued tickets or citations stemming from their abuse or victimization. Addressing legal issues such as these helps break down the barriers survivors may have to achieving independence, safety and stability. The fellow will be afforded flexible opportunities to lead or participate in a legal project related to public policy that impacts SAFE clients.

The fellow may also support clients with various civil matters (including family law, protective orders, and landlord/tenant matters) as well as U-visa and VAWA immigration applications. Additional duties may also include participation in community task forces and facilitating legal presentations to SAFE staff, SAFE clients, and community members.

For more information, please email: justicecenter@law.utexas.edu

Application Information

Not available spring 2020.



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Kiah DeBolt

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