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 $50,000 for the first year.
Texas Law Gideon’s Promise Fellowships have been awarded to Ty Howorth ’21, with the Elizabethtown Trial Office of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy; Simon Lu ’21, with the at the El Paso Public Defender in El Paso, Texas; Jessica Tremayne ’20, with the Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office in Nashville, Tennessee; Patrick Sellars ’19, with the Augusta Judicial Circuit Office of the Public Defender in Augusta, Georgia; Coco Sprague ’17, with the Law Offices of the Shelby County Public Defender in Memphis, Tennessee; Ashley Craythorne ’19, Sarah Mae Jennings ’18, and Mark Balfe ’16, with Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans; and Madeline Hillsmith ’20, and Paul McDaniel ’15, with the Jefferson County Community Law Office in Birmingham, Alabama.
Texas Law will fund up to two fellowships in the fall 2021 application cycle. Applications are due to Gideon's Promise by 11:59 p.m. (ET)/10:59 p.m. (CT) on Friday, October 1, 2021.
More information and the application form are available on the Gideon’s Promise website.
Interested students must contact Mary Murphy in the Career Services Office to let her know that they are applying. She has information about the process and helps students prepare competitive applications. Students who apply for this fellowship without her counseling are at a distinct disadvantage.