Student Awards

 

photo of graduating student award recipients
2019 Graduating Student Award winner (l-r) Seti Tesefay, Leah Rodriguez, Laura Mahler, Haley Farrell, Kiah DeBolt, Josh Brody, Kara Blomquist, and Marissa Balonon-Rosen

The Justice Center fosters engagement in public interest law, public service, and pro bono activities by honoring student commitment and excellence in these areas. Each spring, the Justice Center recognizes up to six graduating law students. The selection committee considers students’ work in public interest, pro bono, government, legislative, and other non-profit sectors, as well as their participation in law school clinical courses and contributions to pro bono projects and student groups. At least one award recognizes commitment to pro bono activities and at least one award recognizes commitment to government service, in addition to other service.

Application Information

The application and nomination deadline has been moved to noon on Friday, April 17.

In Spring 2020, the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law will honor up to six graduating law students who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment during law school to using the law to serve others.  Students may apply for the award; nominations will also be accepted.

The selection committee will consider students’ work in the public interest, pro bono, government, legislative, and other nonprofit sectors, as well as their participation in law school clinical courses, pro bono projects, and student groups.  Students’ academic records will also be considered.  All applications will be evaluated together, but at least one award will specifically recognize commitment to pro bono activities and at least one award will specifically recognize commitment to government service, in addition to other service.

Award winners will be profiled on the law school and Justice Center websites.  In addition, each award winner will receive $500.  There is no restriction on the manner in which the funds can be spent by the recipient.

Nominations are due by noon, Friday, April 17.  Nominations should be emailed to justicecenter@law.utexas.edu, and include a short statement (up to 500 words). The Justice Center will contact nominees with instructions to submit an online application form by noon, Tuesday, April 21. The selection committee will consider both the nomination and application materials for nominees.

Applications are due by noon, Friday, April 17. All application materials must be submitted via the online application form.

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