Ecstatic — that’s how Meghan Kempf (pictured) describes her feelings about receiving a fellowship from Equal Justice Works. The May graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law is one of six Texas law school graduates who received a fellowship EJW. Those fellowships, combined with funds from sponsoring firms or organizations, will finance the graduates’ first two years working in public interest law.
Kempf will begin her legal career in September working at Family Violence Prevention Services Inc. in San Antonio.
“They are one of the nonprofits that run a battered women’s and children’s center and provide the legal services to victims,” Kempf says.
Kempf says she will focus her efforts on enforcing protective court orders and developing a community education program to teach service providers how to recognize and prevent domestic violence.
“It is an absolutely amazing opportunity,” she says. “It’s my dream job coming true.”
Kempf is one of 50 law school graduates selected from 360 applicants nationwide to receive a 2012 EJW fellowship, according to the Washington, D.C.-based organization, which announced the fellowships on Jun 12.
Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) is sponsoring Kemp, who says her combined salary, funded by the EJW and TAJF, will be about $42,000 a year.
The other five Texas law school graduates with 2012 EJW fellowships are University of Houston Law Center graduate Sarah Loeffler and University of Texas School of Law in Austin graduates Amelia Fischer, Christine Nishimura, Keegan Warren-Clem and Jordan Pollock.
— Jeanne Graham