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June 23, 2011
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, 785-864-9205

KU law students receive public interest stipends for summer work

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LAWRENCE — Twenty-three University of Kansas School of Law students have received stipends to complete summer volunteer work for the benefit of communities in Kansas and beyond.

The students are serving vulnerable and underrepresented populations as well as government agencies in Kansas, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Missouri, Texas and Washington, D.C. Thanks to generous alumni and faculty support, the fundraising efforts of two student organizations, and support from the KU Student Senate Educational Opportunity Fund, the law school was able to award stipends totaling more than $30,800, a record for the program.

KU Endowment manages funds for the stipends. They include:

Brown-Giffin Public Interest Fellowships to Benjamin Gwozdz, Tucson, Ariz.; Laura Hill, Fresno, Calif.; and Brett Smith, Derby.

Davenport Public Interest Fellowships to Lisa Chauvin, Olathe; and Scott Girard, Silver Lake.

Lyons Public Interest Fellowships to Gizachew Emiru, Alexandria, Va.; and Eric Sader, Salina.

Jana Mackey Public Interest Fellowships to Ryan Boyer, LaCygne; and Carlos Hernandez, El Paso, Texas.

Women in Law Public Interest Fellowship to Elizabeth Landau, Shawnee.

Public Interest Law Society Fellowship to Brianna Harris, Roseville, Minn.

Board of Governors Public Interest Fellowships to Robert Bombard, Boulder, Colo.; Courtney Brax, Hutchinson; Kate Gleeson, Olathe; Andrew Gross, Hopkins, Minn.; Kristin Maun, Leawood; Chris Omlid, Grand Forks, N.D.; Moruf Oseni, Albany, Ga.; Nick Peterson, Austin, Texas; Sam Schirer, Wichita; David Smith, Leawood; Tom Treinen, Omaha, Neb.; and John-Mark Zini, Overland Park.

In addition to the stipends issued by KU, three students also received Equal Justice Works Summer Corps education awards for providing critically needed legal assistance to low-income and underserved communities. Gizachew Emiru; Natalie Hull, Irving, Texas; and Sam Schirer are among 700 law students from across the country to receive the competitive award. The mission of Equal Justice Works is to create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice.

KU Endowment is the independent, nonprofit foundation serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

Students are listed below by hometown, parents’ names, high school, public interest stipend, and name and place of summer internship.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood 66209
David Smith, son of Philip and Patricia Smith; Rockhurst High School; Board of Governors Public Interest Fellowship; Douglas County Legal Aid Society, Lawrence.

From Leawood 66211
Kristin Maun, daughter of Marc and Theresa Maun; Cascia Hall Preparatory School; Board of Governors Public Interest Fellowship; Disability Rights Center of Kansas, Topeka.

From Olathe 66062
Lisa Chauvin, daughter of Michael and Cynthia Chauvin; Olathe South High School; Davenport Public Interest Fellowship; Franklin County Attorney’s Office, Ottawa.

Kate Gleeson, daughter of Brad and Caron Shipley, Olathe South High School; Board of Governors Public Interest Fellowship; U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

From Overland Park 66213
John-Mark Zini, son of Mark and Alice Zini; Blue Valley Northwest; Board of Governors Public Interest Fellowship; State Board of Healing Arts, Litigation Department, Topeka.

From Shawnee 66217
Elizabeth Landau, daughter of Mason and Susanne Landau; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; Women in Law Public Interest Fellowship; U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Missouri, Kansas City, Mo.

LINN COUNTY
From LaCygne 66040
Ryan Boyer, son of Gray and Victoria Boyer; Prairie View High School; Jana Mackey Public Interest Fellowship; Legal Hospice of Texas, Dallas.

RENO COUNTY
From Hutchinson 67502
Courtney Brax, daughter of David and Sue Brax; Buhler High School; Board of Governors Public Interest Stipend; Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Tax Payer Clinic, Kansas City, Mo.

SALINE COUNTY
From Salina 67401
Eric Sader, son of Dale Sader and Mary Cook; Lyons Public Interest Fellowship; Salina High School South; McPherson County Ulster Project, McPherson.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Derby 67037
Brett Smith, son of Jeff and Vicki Smith; Derby High School; Brown-Giffin Public Interest Fellowship; Disability Rights Center of Kansas, Topeka.

From Wichita 67212
Sam Schirer, son of Dana and Karen Schirer; Maize High School; Board of Governors Public Interest Fellowship and Equal Justice Works Summer Corps education award; Legal Aid of Northwest Arkansas and the Consulate of the Marshall Islands, Springdale, Ark.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Silver Lake 66539
Scott Girard, son of Don and Pam Girard; Silver Lake High School; Davenport Public Interest Fellowship; Kansas City Immigration Court, Kansas City, Mo.

ARIZONA
From Tucson 85749
Benjamin Gwozdz, son of Michael and Robin Gwozdz; Sabino High School; Brown-Giffin Public Interest Fellowship; Disability Rights Center of Kansas, Topeka.

CALIFORNIA
From Fresno 93727
Laura Hill, daughter of Don and Karen Hill; Mt. Whitney High School; Brown-Giffin Public Interest Fellowship; Disability Rights Center of Kansas, Topeka.

COLORADO
From Boulder 80305
Robert Bombard, son of Larry and Linda Bombard; Fairview High School; Board of Governors Public Interest Fellowship; Navy JAG Corps, Oahu, Hawaii.

GEORGIA
From Albany 31721
Moruf Oseni, son of Mrs. Bolanle Oseni; Ajumoni Grammar School; Board of Governors Public Interest Fellowship; Dougherty County District Attorney’s Office, Albany, Ga.

MINNESOTA
From Hopkins 55343
Andrew Gross, son of Roger Gross and Mary Dunnavan; Hopkins High School; Board of Governors Public Interest Fellowship; Missouri State Public Defender, Kansas City, Mo.

From Roseville 55113
Brianna Harris, daughter of Blake and Mary Ann Nelson; Concordia Academy; Public Interest Law Society Fellowship; Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Kansas City, Mo.

NEBRASKA
From Omaha 68164
Tom Treinen, son of Mark and Jude Treinen; Creighton Prep High School; Colorado Public Defender, Colorado Springs, Colo.

NORTH DAKOTA
From Grand Forks 58201
Christopher Omlid, son of Jon and Loretta Omlid; Red River High School; Board of Governors Public Interest Fellowship; Leavenworth County Attorney’s Office, Leavenworth.

TEXAS
From Austin 78732
Nick Peterson, son of David and Dawn Peterson; Cedar Park High School; Board of Governors Public Interest Fellowship; U.S. Attorney’s Office, Wichita.

From El Paso 79912
Carlos Hernandez, son of Jose Antonio Hernandez and Guadalupe Hernandez; Franklin High School; Jana Mackey Public Interest Fellowship; Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services, El Paso, Texas.

From Irving 75062
Natalie Hull, daughter of Jo Anne Bell Hull and Bill Hull; MacArthur High School; Equal Justice Works Summer Corps education award; Missouri State Public Defender, Kansas City, Mo.

VIRGINIA
From Alexandria 22312
Gizachew Emiru, son of Kebede Emiru and Zewdie Alemu; Tana Haik Secondary Comprehensive School; Lyons Public Interest Fellowship and Equal Justice Works Summer Corps education award; TASSC (Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition) International, Washington, D.C.


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