Judge Orlinda Naranjo Legal Fellowship

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS) is pleased to announce the availability of a summer legal fellowship for a rising second- or third-year law student who shows exceptional commitment to the field of public interest law and serving women and children.  Preference will be given to Spanish speaking bilingual candidates.

Through this competitive fellowship, the fellow will work under the supervision of a VLS attorney for a total of 125 hours during the summer and receive a $2500 stipend. The fellow will assist lawyers at local law firms who have agreed to handle pro bono matters through VLS.  The work may include assisting attorneys with interviewing clients, drafting legal documents, pleadings, and orders, and interpreting for court hearings, etc.  The fellow may assist with client intake at the VLS legal advice and intake clinics on Wednesday evenings.

The fellow may not earn academic credit for the fellowship work.  The fellow’s hours are flexible and VLS is happy to assist with design of an appropriate schedule.

VLS established the Judge Orlinda Naranjo Legal Fellowship in 2018 in honor of the first Latina elected to county-wide bench in Austin and retiring judge of the 419th Travis County Civil District Court.  After 24 years of service on the bench, Judge Naranjo left a tremendous mark on the judicial system, inspiring so many with her commitment to justice for the underserved. She remains a strong advocate for women and children and continues to work tirelessly to empower them through knowledge of their rights. The Judge Orlinda Naranjo Legal Fellowship will provide support to aspiring lawyers while ensuring that individuals in need have equal access to justice.


“For 37 years, VLS has leveraged the time, talent, and expertise of thousands of volunteer attorneys to help low-income individuals and families with their basic civil legal needs.  We have served tens of thousands of Central Texans, helping fight against wrongful evictions or foreclosure so they can stay in their home; helping to access critical public benefits and services so they can take care of themselves, and helping to escape abuse and violence so women and their children have a chance at a brighter future.”

“Our vision – poverty is not a barrier to justice – fuels our two-fold mission to: 1) connect individuals and families in need with attorneys who donate their time to provide life-changing civil legal services; and 2) recruit, train, and support a growing network of dedicated pro bono attorney volunteers in Central Texas.”

Application Information

Applications for the summer 2019 fellowship are due on Monday, April 29th at noon.

Applicants for summer 2019 must be entering their 2nd or 3rd year of law school in the fall of 2019.  VLS may contact applicants to arrange interviews.The fellow will be selected by VLS based on academic credentials, commitment to public service, and an in-person interview. The fellow will be selected by Monday, May 6th.

Applications must include the following:

  • A cover sheet with contact information;
  • One to two double-spaced pages describing interest in the selected fellowship and commitment to public service;
  • A resume;
  • Current law school transcript;
  • A statement of proficiency in Spanish, if applicable; and
  • Three references, preferably including one law school faculty member.

Applications should be submitted in PDF format to Rachel Sidopulos at the Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law via email to justicecenter@law.utexas.edu.

Application Deadline:  Monday, April 29th at noon.

Questions should be directed to:  Mary Crouter, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, CCJ 1.326B, justicecenter@law.utexas.edu, (512) 232-7855.


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