Texas Tech Law Student Receives Fellowship, Helps Community Juveniles

Texas Tech law student Colleen Wisdom recently received the 2008-2010 Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Wisdom, who will graduate with a law degree in May, competed with more than 300 applicants nationwide for this award.

Written by Sarah Whetstone

Texas Tech law student Colleen Wisdom recently received the 2008-2010 Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Wisdom, who will graduate with a law degree in May, competed with more than 300 applicants nationwide for this award.

Upon graduation, Wisdom plans to use this fellowship to launch a project she created that focuses on helping local court-involved juveniles afflicted with learning, emotional or developmental disabilities receive the special education they need to succeed.

"Juveniles involved in the court system have a disproportionate number of disabilities," Wisdom said. "In Texas, a pro-punishment state, if I can help the community focus on rehabilitation through educational success and more creative ways to handle juveniles with disabilities, then my project has worked."

Equal Justice Works provides Wisdom with a $37,000 annual salary and her sponsoring agency, Advocacy, Inc., kicks in an additional $13,000 to fund the project.

CONTACT: Casey Carson, director of alumni relations, Texas Tech School of Law, (806)742-3990 ext. 315, casey.carson@ttu.edu