Scott Ozmun Fellowship
The Scott Ozmun Fellowship provides financial support to a second or third year student who works with local lawyers on pro bono cases through Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS). Attorney volunteers with VLS help people with critical matters, such as helping victims of abuse end violent relationships, connecting persons with disabilities with medical and financial benefits, and keeping people out of homelessness by defending against wrongful evictions and foreclosures.
This program is funded by generous gifts received by VLS in memory of Scott Ozmun, former judge of the 353rd District Court in Travis County and graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. Judge Ozmun was a strong believer in lawyers helping low-income people access justice by volunteering to take pro bono cases and mentoring students to become great lawyers.
The Fellow will work under the supervision of a VLS attorney and will assist lawyers at local law firms who have agreed to handle pro bono matters through VLS, with an emphasis on family law matters. The work may include assisting attorneys with interviewing clients, drafting legal documents, pleadings, and orders, and interpreting for hearings, etc. The Fellow may also assist with client intake at the VLS legal advice and intake clinics on Wednesday evenings.
The fellowship will provide a $5,000 stipend for 250 hours during the 2019-2020 academic year or $2,500 for 125 hours during either the fall or spring semester. The Fellow may not earn academic credit for the fellowship work.
According to the 2012-2013 Ozmun Fellow, Abby Anna Batko-Taylor, benefits of the fellowship include exposure to a wide variety of legal issues relevant to the practice of law and mentoring from VLS staff attorneys and attorneys at local law firms in a range of practice areas. She found interacting with clients from diverse backgrounds, particularly low-income Spanish speaking women, eye-opening and rewarding.
Applicants must be entering their 2nd or 3rd year at the University of Texas School of Law in Fall 2019, and be fluent in Spanish. The Fellow will be selected by VLS based on academic credentials and commitment to public service.
Applications are due by noon on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. VLS will contact applicants to arrange interviews. A fellow or fellows will be selected by May 31.
Applications must include the following:
- A cover sheet with your name and your contact information;
- One to two double-spaced pages describing your interest in the fellowship and your commitment to public service;
- Law school transcript;
- A statement of your proficiency in Spanish;
- List of three references (including address and phone), preferably including one UT Law faculty member; and
- A statement regarding your preference for a full academic year, fall semester, or spring semester fellowship.
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 at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at noon.
Questions should be directed to: Mary Crouter, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, CCJ 1.326A, email@example.com.