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TMSL Law Students Selected to Participate in Texas Access to Justice Commission Program

Three law students from Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL) were selected to participate in the Access to Justice Summer Internship Program sponsored by the Texas Access to Justice Commission in partnership with six Texas legal aid providers. The students from TMSL were Colleen Lowry, Markita Samuel, and Vanessa Smithwick.

The internships were open to law school students attending law school throughout the country. Students commit to a 10-week placement and are provided with a stipend to help defray living expenses. The Access to Justice Program encourages students to help address the civil legal problems of underserved individuals and communities, and to educate future attorneys about those problems.

The Access to Justice Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for law students to participate in an internship with nonprofit providers of civil legal services located in areas without a local law school. The law students receive hands-on training by working with accomplished lawyers and they provide direct legal services to low-income clients, while learning about access to justice matters, legal decision-making, advocacy skills, attorney-client relationships and legal institutions. A supervising attorney provides the law student with a variety of experiences and assignments, including significant research and writing.
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The Supreme Court of Texas created the Texas Access to Justice Commission in 2001 to develop and implement policy initiatives designed to expand access to and enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters for low-income Texans. The Commission's goals are to reduce barriers to the justice system and increase resources and funding for legal aid.

 


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