Former Law Clerks

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Austin Office

I grew up in Austin, and I’m thrilled to be returning home this summer to work for TCRP after wrapping up my first year at Brooklyn Law School. I studied journalism and business at the University of Colorado, then moved to New York City, where I worked as a writer and editor for two years. I’ve covered criminal justice, education, technology, and the on-demand service economy. I left journalism for law school because I wanted to enhance my understanding of the social and economic justice issues I constantly encountered as a reporter, and become more directly involved in remedying them. TCRP tackles many of these issues head-on, and I’m excited to work with and fight for my fellow Texans.

Annie Melton

Brooklyn Law School

Austin Office

I am originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and just finished my first year at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. I graduated from Tufts University in 2014 with degrees in International Relations and French and spent two years working as a paralegal at a civil rights litigation firm in New York specializing in prisoner rights, police misconduct, disability discrimination, and wrongful convictions. During my first year of law school I was involved with the Custody and Support Assistance Clinic, where I prepared clients for their custody hearings, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, and a pro bono project working with a client applying for clemency.

I came to law school with the goal of pursuing a career in civil rights litigation and am excited to work as a TCRP law clerk to expand my understanding of different areas of public interest law while working on cases seeking justice for marginalized communities in Texas.

Ian Wahrenbrock

University of Pennsylvania

Dallas Office

Kimberly was born in Oakland, California and grew up in the Bay Area until she attended college in Texas. She graduated summa cum laude from Prairie View A&M University in 2016 with a B.A. in English and a minor in economics. Following graduation, Kimberly attended the University of Michigan Law School. As a rising 2L, she serves as Vice-Chair of the Black Law Student Association, volunteers for the Civil Rights Clearinghouse and participated in LAW Breaks, a service learning program in Detroit, Michigan at the United Community Housing Coalition. Kimberly became interested in civil rights after participating as a volunteer deputy registrar for Waller County, registering students and locals to vote. Her interest in racial justice and jail condition reform flourished during the summer of 2015, after a series of African-American men and women lost their lives while in police custody. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, reading modernist literature, and watching classic movies and musicals.

Kimberly Goshey

University of Michigan

El Paso Office

I was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Ciudad Juárez, México. I lived in Juárez until the age of ten when my parents decided to immigrate to Sunland Park, New Mexico. Interestingly, my father had legal status but my mother was undocumented for several years. I am a graduate of Santa Teresa High School, which neighbors El Paso. I attended the University of New Mexico (UNM) for my undergraduate in Political Science. Following graduation, I accepted my admission into the UNM School of Law. I am now a rising third-year law student at UNM. I am the Professional Articles Editor for the New Mexico Law Review, and I was a member of the 2017 ABA National Moot Court Competition team.

I applied to the TCRP because of my experience clerking at Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urías & Ward, P.A. The firm acted as local counsel to MALDEF in a case against the New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department. The plaintiffs challenged the discriminating policy of withholding the tax refunds of Latino foreign nationals. After working on that case, I craved more civil rights work. Consequently, I applied to the TCRP because of its exceptional work protecting the civil rights and liberties of all Texans.

This fall I will be an extern for the Honorable Judge M. Monica Zamora at the New Mexico Court of Appeals. In my free time, I enjoy to play and watch football (a.k.a. soccer).

Ramon Soto

University of New Mexico

Austin Office

I’m a born-and-raised San Antonian and a repeat Longhorn—I got my undergrad degree from UT in 2011, and now I’m a third-year student at The University of Texas School of Law.

Before law school, I worked for the ACLU’s National Prison Project and its Campaign to End Mass Incarceration. In law school, I’ve worked for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid on housing cases, D.C.’s Public Defender Service on felony cases, and for UT’s Civil Rights Clinic and Criminal Defense Clinic. I’m interning with TCRP this spring because they’re fighting the good fight, protecting Texans’ civil rights and civil liberties.

After graduation, I’ll be clerking for Judge Robert Pitman on the Western District of Texas. In my free time, I like to play pickup basketball, read long fiction, and annoy my cats.

Alex Stamm

University of Texas

Austin Office

I am from Phoenix, Arizona and am in the middle of my first year at the University of Texas School of Law. I graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in International Political Economy. Before coming to law school, I worked for a special needs trust non-profit helping people with disabilities manage their funds while also making sure they maintained eligibility for government benefits. I came to law school because I wanted to develop the tools to help people in the most significant way I could think of, to make sure they are empowered by their rights. I chose to be a law clerk at TCRP because I will be able to learn invaluable lessons about what it takes to advance justice for marginalized communities.

Taylor Loynd

University of Texas

Fall 2016 – El Paso Office

My name is Hala Abdel- Jaber; I am a senior international politics major at the University of Texas at El Paso. My current goals include pursuing a career in law and policy. As a college student in the El Paso region, I have been exposed to the diversity of a community that is enriched in culture, tradition, and values. Amongst those key points, El Paso is home to the direct result of impacting legislature.

Growing up in such a city with a Middle Eastern background has pushed me to understand and work toward diversifying every community I come into contact with. I am currently an Archer Fellow, as well as the Vice President of Public Relations for my sorority, Alpha Xi Delta. This fall I will be volunteering for the Texas Civil Rights Project. I am looking forward to the enrichment I will gain with such hands on experience.

Hala Abdel-Jabar

University of Texas at El Paso

Fall 2016 – Houston Office

I am an eighth-generation Texan, a fourth-generation Houstonian, and a 2L at the University of Houston Law Center. During college, I interned with the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee where I developed a passion for civil liberties. After college, I joined Teach for America and taught at a school in which over 80% of students are eligible for free and reduced lunch. As a teacher, I incorporated my passion for civil liberties into my classroom. I fundraised for class sets of Always Running, a progressive and frequently banned book by Luis Rodriguez about the school-to-prison pipeline, xenophobia, and immigration, which allowed class discussions on civil liberties issues in our own neighborhood. After Teach for America, I realized that I wanted to work on civil rights issues every day, so I decided to go to law school. During my 1L summer, I worked at Lone Star Legal Aid where I continued my work as an advocate for Texans struggling with the challenges of poverty. I am also the current president of the American Constitution Society at UH Law, and I am using my position to highlight various civil rights issues, including voting rights and criminal justice reform. In my free time, I read dystopian fiction, play piano, and travel with my husband, an environmental science teacher.

Christina Beeler

University of Houston

Fall 2016 – Austin Office

I was born in Pasadena, CA and grew up in Orange County until entering college. I attended college at Loyola Marymount University, where I studied Chemistry and researched environmental factors affecting the atmosphere and worked for Chevron as a chemist. Immediately following college, I entered law school at the University of Texas School of Law, and interned for Justice Melissa Goodwin at the Third Court of Appeals and then for the Railroad Commission of Texas. Following graduation, I will be working for Baker Botts LLP in New York in litigation and international arbitration.

David Howard

University of Texas

Summer 2016 – Austin Office

TCRP’s summer clerkship was a fantastic opportunity for me to gain practical experience in impact litigation. During my time with TCRP, I was able to research and draft memoranda regarding mandatory voter registration as well as prisoner and disability rights. One of my long-term projects was investigating ADA non-compliance in Travis County and Texas’ Department of Transportation. This project was particularly informative as, before my clerkship, I had no understanding of just how inaccessible Texas was, even twenty years after ADA’s enactment.

I am originally from Dallas, Texas, and just finished my first year at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. I graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BA in History and Human Rights and a minor in Arabic Language. During my undergraduate studies, I focused on combining contemporary civil rights issues with greater historical context and understanding through working with organizations like Resource Center, the largest LGBT and HIV/AIDS service center in North Texas, and the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. Since attending Tulane, I’ve become an active member of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and Public Interest Law Foundation.

Alexandra Masri

Tulane University

Summer 2016 – Austin Office

I’m a rising 3L at the University of Texas School of Law. I was born in Lagos, Nigeria and after winning a VISA through the VISA lottery program, I moved to the US with my family at the age of four. I grew up in Houston and got a degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. I wanted to work with TCRP because I want to become more prepared to help in the fight for civil rights in Texas by working with an organization intimately involved in that fight and honing the legal skills necessary to be an effective advocate. Working with TCRP is also an opportunity to gain experience dealing with a wide range of civil rights issues and to learn what I am really passionate about by exploring new areas of the law. I plan to pursue a career as a public interest lawyer in Texas. In my spare time, I watch a lot of Houston related sports and various Netflix and HBO masterpieces.

Paul Osadebe

University of Texas

Summer 2016 – North Texas Office

I was born and raised in Texas. I am a rising 2L at the University of Texas School of Law. I have a degree in American Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, and Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University.

My interest in civil rights began early in high school, where I was inspired by wonderful teachers who were passionate about the topic. I decided from the age of 15 to spend my life working to build a better community and a better world.

As a Muslim woman in the post 9/11 era, I feel the urgency for protection against abuse and discrimination growing. As a former teacher, I am also interested in combating structural violence in the education system.

History has shown the legal system to be a tool for structural and societal change–and that is what brought me to law school and to TCRP. Working for TCRP this summer provides me with the opportunity to help right wrongs in a way that will be lasting and impactful for the future and to ensure the foundations of our nation are never forgotten.

Saadia Hasmi

University of Texas

Summer 2016 – Austin Office

As a native Austinite and an undergraduate alumna of the University of Texas, it was wonderful to spend the summer with the Texas Civil Rights Project. I just finished my second year of law school at the University of California, Davis, where I am focusing on public interest law and social justice. I made the decision to attend law school to advocate for underrepresented communities after my experience working with pregnant minors at the legal nonprofit Jane’s Due Process.

I was initially excited to work with TCRP because of the work they do for rural, immigrant women. Representing clients through my law school’s domestic violence clinic opened my eyes to the unique challenges that survivors face when they live outside of urban areas, which is a substantial problem in a state as large as Texas.

After law school, I hope to pursue a public interest career focusing on expanding rights to those most often excluded from the justice system. When I have some free time, I enjoy taking my dog on hikes, finding new swimming holes, and continuously attempting to make homemade breakfast tacos as good as the ones you can buy in Austin.

My time as a summer law clerk with TCRP has been one of my favorite law school experiences. The law clerk program was extremely well-organized and every day was different. We spent time sitting in on litigation meeting strategies with co-counsel, researching, drafting motions, and helping with client-intake. It was a rare and exciting experience to be able to spend a morning doing research for an upcoming Supreme Court case and then that same afternoon doing client-intake calls. The attorneys at TCRP were welcoming, encouraging, and offered useful feedback on each assignment. It was eye-opening to see how the entire organization ran together to fulfill its advocacy goals—and law clerks were involved in all aspects of this.

Courtney Hatchett

University of California, Davis

Summer 2016 – South Texas Office

Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley I feel blessed to have been surrounded by the rich culture and history that comes from the infusion of Mexican ideals and American culture. I graduated from St. Mary’s University with my Bachelors in Political Science and my Masters in International Relations Specializing in Development and I am about to start my third year of law school at St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio Texas.

I love to travel and have always been interested in public service. I firmly believe that through the words and actions of just one person, we can create ripples that continue on long after we are gone. Interning at TCRP has been the most rewarding experience, during my time, I have had the opportunity to attend a march in honor of the 11 million undocumented individuals in the United States, worked on a disability rights case, and assisted with the translation of declarations for women applying for VAWA. The staff at TCRP through their hard work and dedication have shown me that we can change the world by pursuing what we are passionate about and our contribution will live on in those we help.

Vanessa Mendoza

St. Mary’s University

Spring 2016 – Austin Office

I grew up in Midland, TX, and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where I participated in the Plan II Honors Program and graduated with a degree in Government. Inspired by my freshman-year World Literature professor, I began to focus my efforts on effective leadership. Specifically, my interests resided in community service. In that spirit, I wrote my senior thesis about the institutional causes of women’s underrepresentation in the U.S. Congress.

Afterward, I attended Seattle University School of Law in Seattle, WA, a school that emphasizes the importance of public service and social justice. This spring, the SU Law Review will publish a paper I wrote that explores how subconscious gender bias affects employers’ hiring decisions. Currently in the last semester of my 3L year, I moved to my home state to intern with the TCRP because I feel a connection to and a duty toward my fellow Texans. I have been lucky to receive the opportunities I have, and I want to work so that opportunity is no longer determined by luck.

Reflecting upon my time at TCRP, I remember most fondly the wonderful people I had the privilege of working with. Never before have I seen a group of people so dedicated to service and so willing to help. While they taught me a great deal about litigation and the law in general, they also (and most importantly) showed me what service looks like. I learned a lot about caring for myself while caring for others, which contributes directly to one’s perseverance in the face of impossible obstacles. Public interest workers do big things, but I learned that a fulfilling career is not found in the big things. It is in going to work day after day, picking up the phone and writing e-mails, knowing the job will be hard and often thankless. It is in going to court to argue a losing motion or spending hours researching a narrow area of law. It is found in the little things.

Christy Krawietz

Seattle University

Fall 2015 – Austin Office

I was born in raised in the sunny Philippines and moved to the United States with my parents and younger sister in 2004. We spent around six months in El Paso before settling down in Dickinson, so I am basically a Texan now. I am proud to be a double Longhorn! I graduated the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Psychology and a minor in German, and I have returned to the University of Texas to pursue a law degree. In my spare time, I enjoy digital painting and tabletop gaming, and Krav Maga (Israeli self defense) is my biggest mode of stress relief!

Spending the semester with TCRP was one of the best decisions I made during law school and reaffirmed my interest in litigation. I am currently a 2L, and I want to pursue a legal career either with the government or in the public sector. A clerkship at TCRP gave me exposure to a diverse array of civil rights issues while allowing me to help those in need. I felt personally invested in every case I worked on, because they involve real people who have a stake in the outcome.

Given my inexperience, I initially found the amount of responsibility and latitude I was given to be rather daunting, but I quickly learned that if you care about a case, you will get the work done! With the guidance of the top¬notch attorneys at TCRP, I have gained invaluable litigation experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my legal career.

Iya Tan

University of Texas

Summer 2015 – El Paso Office

Jose was born in Illinois, raised in El Paso, and is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania. A rising junior studying Health and Societies with a concentration in Public Health as well a pursuing a second major in Sociology, Jose is interested in the structural forces that influence inequality in the society. Consequently, Jose in an active member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity, and spends most of his free time volunteering at an array of non-profit organizations around Philadelphia to help the members of his community escape poverty and discrimination.

Volunteering with TCRP will mark the first time that Jose will be involved in positions involving social justice and is very excited to help advocate for equality back at home. In the future, Jose is planning on impacting the lives of urban youth and pursuing his master’s in public health and master’s in public policy.

Jose Ibarra

University of Pennsylvania

Summer 2015 – Houston Office

I was born in Chicago Heights, IL, and I grew-up in Sugarland, TX. After surviving Maine’s great blizzard of 1997-1998, I retired my ice scraper and transferred from Colby College to the University of St. Thomas in Houston. I graduated from the University of St. Thomas summa cum laude in 2005, with a B.A. in English and Political Science and a concentration in Public Administration. Although I worked full-time throughout college, I juggled multiple priorities including volunteering in the Houston community with several worthy organizations such as Child Advocates, Writers in the Schools, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

In 2011, Child Advocates named me “Rookie Volunteer of the Year” for exemplary work on a case involving the medical neglect of a teenager. In 2013, I was the recipient of the Houston Young Lawyers Association’s Liberty Bell Award. My passion for impactful civic engagement and public interest led me to the Texas Civil Rights Project. TCRP has an exemplary reputation, and I am honored to serve.

I am a 2014 Summer Starter at the University of Michigan Law School, which means my ice scraper has come out of retirement. Outside of law school and civic engagement, I enjoy partner dancing, learning beginner French and Spanish, and all fine arts. I am also mildly obsessed with my precious Humane Society dog “Ginger.”

Serena Monjeau Ross

University of Michigan

Summer 2015 – Austin Office

My experience at TCRP this summer was invaluable to my development as a public interest attorney. I was able to gain hands-on experience working on a wide variety of civil rights lawsuits ranging from disability rights to prisoner’s rights to employment discrimination litigation. Assisting with lawsuits in various stages of development, I was able to meet with clients, conduct factual investigations and legal research, draft pleadings, respond to requests for discovery, and even prepare deposition questions. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from TCRP’s team of superstar civil rights attorneys, all of whom are deeply dedicated both to their craft as well as to the communities they serve.

I am a rising third-year law student enrolled in both the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy as well as the Critical Race Studies Specialization at UCLA School of Law. At UCLA, I serve as Co-Executive Director of El Centro Legal, a student-coordinated network of volunteer legal aid clinics throughout the greater Los Angeles area and am actively involved with the Womyn of Color Collective as well as the Chicano/a-Latino/a Law Review.

I am passionate about community development, civil rights, and racial justice. I was drawn to TCRP because of its proven commitment to all of the above as well as its client-centered, community lawyering model. I hope to take the skills and experience I gain at TCRP this summer to continue fighting on behalf of and empowering low-income communities wherever that work takes me.

Stephanie Champion

University of California, Los Angeles

Summer 2015 – Austin Office

I chose to spend my summer working at TCRP in order to gain hands-on experience in impact litigation. TCRP was a perfect fit for my passions – while I was clerking I developed materials for a case involving a Jim Crow style racial restriction in a housing subdivision, investigated accessibility complaints from representatives of the disability community, and have conducted interviews and legal research regarding the deplorable conditions of family detention in Dilley, Texas.

Originally from Cedar Hill, Texas, I attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where I double majored in English and Education and minored in Race and Ethnicity Studies. Now a rising 2L at the University of Texas School of Law, I am pursuing my dream of becoming a civil rights attorney. My passions include social and racial justice, educational equity, and access to justice. At Texas Law, I am a member of the Public Interest Law Association, the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, the American Constitution Society, and serve as the Associate Editor for the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.

Paige Duggins

University of Texas

Summer 2015 – Austin Office

My experience at TCRP has been incredible. I have really enjoyed working on all of my assignments. I have learned how to prepare and write a variety of different legal documents. The summer ADA campaign was extremely rewarding and educational. I was able to prepare two complaints and discovery motions that were filed in state and federal court. I believe having the experience of meeting with a client, investigating a site, and drafting a complaint will help me throughout my career as an attorney.

I am originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I just finished my second year at Michigan State University College of Law. I also graduated from Michigan State University Broad School of Business with a degree in business administration. I chose to go to law school to learn more about how the intersection of law and business affects everyday life. After two years of law school, I find myself increasingly more interested in how the law effects equality and justice in everyday life. I would like to work on civil rights litigation relating to abuses of power and authority.

I believe obtaining actual equal protection under the law often requires that people understand the law. I hope to use my legal education to help others better understand how the law can be used to protect their rights and interests. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from the experienced attorneys at the Texas Civil Rights Project, and to be able to take part in impact litigation that creates systemic social change.

Thomas Dickinson

Michigan State University

Summer 2015 – Austin Office

I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to work at TCRP this summer. Over the course of the summer, I have worked on substantive projects for cases related to disability rights, prisoners’ rights, and voting rights. I have gained valuable insight into the goals and methods of public interest litigation, including working with community advocacy groups and the press. I have engaged with the litigation process at multiple stages through working intake, investigating claims, interviewing clients and potential witnesses, drafting pleadings and discovery, reviewing documents produced in discovery, and researching legal questions.

I grew up in the suburbs outside of Dallas, TX and went to college at the University of Texas, where I studied philosophy and history. I am currently a rising 2L at Yale Law School. My interest in civil rights grew out of early personal interactions with peers from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Since then, I have further explored this interest through various work and volunteer experiences in areas ranging from human rights, immigration, domestic violence, and LGBT issues.

This past semester, I became interested in working on prisoners’ rights issues after taking a course on sentencing, for which our class visited a women’s prison and spoke with some inmates about their experiences navigating the criminal justice system and serving out their sentences.

Heather Wong

Yale Law School

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