Texas Law Gideon’s Promise Fellowship

Texas Law participates in the Law School Partnership Program (LSPP) sponsored by Gideon’s Promise, a nonprofit that works to reform indigent defense through training and support of public defenders. Through the partnership, Gideon’s Promise helps law school graduates secure public defender positions and provides three years of intensive training.

The Texas Law Gideon’s Promise Fellowship funds 3L students to participate in the program for up to a year following graduation, after which the fellows move into a long-term positions with the public defender offices. The fellowship provides $45,000 for the first year.

Texas Law Gideon’s Promise Fellowships have been awarded to  Coco Sprague, ’17, with the Law Offices of the Shelby County Public Defender in Memphis, TN, Mark Balfe, ’16, with Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans and Paul McDaniel, ’15, with the Jefferson County Community Law Office in Birmingham, AL.

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

Application Information

Application information for the 2019 fellowship will be posted in fall 2018.



Sarah Mae Jennings


Coco Sprague
Coco Sprague


Mark Balfe
Mark Balfe


Paul McDaniel
Paul McDaniel

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