Texas Law Gideon’s Promise Fellowship

Available for Class of 2018

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.

Application Information

Application due: October 20, 2017

Texas Law will fund up to two fellowships for students graduating in May 2018. Interested 3Ls should take the following steps:

  1. Review information about the LSPP at: http://www.gideonspromise.org/programs/lspp
  2. Contact Lawson Konvalinka, career counselor for public defense positions in the CSO (lkonvalinka@law.utexas.edu), to schedule a mandatory counseling session. In addition to providing important information about the program, he can put you in touch with alumni who have participated in Gideon’s Promise and connect you with leaders of the LSPP.
  3. Complete the LSPP online application by October 20, 2017.
  4. Notify Lawson Konvalinka that you have applied to the LSPP and provide him with a copy of the resume and transcript submitted with your application.



Coco Sprague
Coco Sprague


Mark Balfe
Mark Balfe


Paul McDaniel
Paul McDaniel

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