Texas Law Parole Project Fellowship

The Justice Center will award the post-graduate Parole Project Fellowship to a recent graduate to work with the Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program to expand the reach of the Parole Project and identify ways to increase pro bono parole representation in Texas.

The Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of a private donor interested in exploring new and better ways to support individuals reentering their community following incarceration, including through enhanced parole opportunities leading to earlier release from Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The gift to the Justice Center is a one-time grant designed to further strengthen the Parole Project and to bring lessons learned from the Project to other stakeholders in Texas, including lawyers, other law schools, and the individuals and their families most directly impacted by incarceration.

Overview of the Parole Project Fellowship

The Parole Project Fellow will work full time under the supervision of faculty from the Law School and will be housed at The University of Texas School of Law.

In addition to working on expanding pro bono parole representation in Texas, the Fellow will spend 25% of their time surveying the current landscape of available reentry supports and services in Texas, including connecting with service providers, reentry nonprofits, institutional stakeholders, and others working in the reentry field. This work will culminate in a white paper outlining current strengths and gaps and making recommendations to improve the delivery of and access to reentry services.

The annual salary for the Fellowship is $50,000. The Fellow is eligible for employee benefits from Texas Law and may be eligible for a student loan repayment assistance program. The Fellowship will begin in mid-August 2022 and is for 12 months, with an opportunity for a one-year renewal.

Potential applicants with questions about the Parole Project Fellowship are welcome to contact Helen Gaebler, Senior Research Attorney and Supervising Attorney for the Mithoff Program’s Parole Project (512-232-5439; hgaebler@law.utexas.edu).

Application Information

Application due: November 12, 2021

Applications are due by noon on Friday, November 12, 2021. The selection committee will hold interviews and select the Fellow by November 24, 2021.

Eligibility:

The fellowship is available only to Texas Law alumni. Only third-year students or recent graduates who will complete a judicial clerkship by the summer of 2022 may apply. The Fellow must be admitted to the Texas Bar or commit to sitting for the Texas Bar exam in July 2022.

An applicant should have excellent written and oral advocacy skills and a demonstrated commitment to public service and working with low-income community groups. In addition, the ideal applicant is a self-starter, demonstrating excellent problem-solving skills, as well as a team player. Applicants with experience working on Texas parole matters and with the Parole Project, in particular, will be given preference.

How to Apply

Please submit the following to Liza Soria, Justice Center Program Coordinator, at justicecenter@law.utexas.edu by noon on Friday, November 12, 2021:

  • Cover letter, including your name and contact information;
  • Resume;
  • Informal law school transcript;
  • Personal statement describing your commitment to public service, career plans following the Fellowship, and why you are interested in the Fellowship (not longer than three pages, double-spaced);
  • Two to three letters of recommendation, including at least one from an attorney who is familiar with your public service work and at least one from a law school faculty member.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to workplace diversity.

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