Texas Law Fellowships has honored me with its 2013 Excellence in Public Interest Award (EPIA) in the private attorney category.
David Hinojosa of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) won the award in the public lawyer category for his considerable civil rights work on behalf of students in low-income districts, immigrants, and Mexican Americans and other Latin@s across the Southwestern U.S. Michelle Deitch, a dedicated prison reform activist, received the award in the law professor category. Finally, Megan Sheffield, an accomplished but still blossoming advocate for immigrants, was honored for her astonishing achievements as a law student. Ms. Sheffield was a key organizer, with Professors Barbara Hines, Denise Gilman, and Tina Hernandez, of the DACA assistance offered by the Immigration and Pro Bono clinics of the UT School of Law with many volunteers. I am humbled and privileged to be in their company.
Thank you to Bill Whitehurst and Stephanie Whitehurst for recently hosting a reception at their stunning home on Lake Austin. Mil gracias to the law students who are the heart of Texas Law Fellowships. It’s incredibly inspiring to be with a group of future lawyers who are already powerful advocates for justice. And finally, thank you to my husband and friends for coming to the party!