Internship Guidelines

The Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation invites those law students who are in the process of completing their first or second year classes to apply for the DHLF Judicial Internship Program. Judges from Dallas area civil and criminal courts will be participating. Applicants must have completed first-year law school courses from an accredited law school, including civil procedure, legal research, and legal writing courses. All students in Accredited Law Schools (including the UNT Dallas College of Law) are also eligible to apply. The Foundation grants stipends to the students chosen to participate in the program.

Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum of a four-week internship.  The internships will commence no earlier than May 20, 2020, and must be completed no later than July 12, 2020.  Interns will receive a stipend of approximately $2,000.00 for the four weeks.  Applications are due by February 14, 2020.  Intern selection will be announced no later than March 20, 2020.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM CST, February 14, 2020.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please note that a single application may be submitted for the Scholarship/Bar Study Grant and Judicial Internship Programs.  If you are applying for both, please submit all application materials by the earlier deadline. 

How to Apply

1. Follow this link:  https://dallasfoundation.spectrumportal.net

(You can also find the link easily on our website at www.dallasfoundation.org then click on “Scholarships” then “Scholarship Listing” then “Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation Scholarship").

2. Create an account: The Dallas Foundation has a new portal and even if you have applied in the past, you will need to create a new account by clicking “Register,” then selecting “Scholarship Applicant” under Portal Access. Once you complete and submit all the required information, the system will automatically send you an email confirming your registration.

3. Log in to the portal: Using the username and password you selected, navigate to Scholarship Applicant > Find Scholarships. Locate the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation Scholarship, click the link, then enter the access code dhlf. Since this scholarship and/or internship is reserved ONLY for a specific students, you must enter the access code dhlf in the "Please enter the password" box.

4. Begin the application process: Once the code is entered, you’ll see the description of the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation Scholarship and you can begin completing the scholarship application.

Please make certain you use the access code and complete the application for the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation Scholarship. You may not be eligible for other scholarship programs you find on this site. Please also note applicants can work on the application at their leisure, save it, and come back to it at a later date. 

Please direct any questions to: scholarships@dallasfoundation.org

Internship Recipients

2019

  • Marley Jada Frazer, University of Texas School of Law, interned with Dallas County Judge Paula Rosales

  • Cassandra Gonzalez, Texas Tech University School of Law, interned with Dallas County District Judge David Lopez

  • Jesse Guadiana, University of Houston Law Center, interned with Dallas County District Judge Denise Garcia

  • Megan Mendez, UNT College of Law, interned with Dallas County District Judge Tonya Parker

  • Julio Nieto, UNT Dallas College of Law, interned with Dallas County District Judge Hector Garza

  • John Zappia, University of Texas School of Law, interned with Dallas County District Judge Maricela Moore

2018

  • Luis Ardila (UNT Dallas College of Law) interning with State District Judge Maricela Moore.

  • Wesley Salazar (Texas A&M University School of Law) interning with State District Judge David Lopez.

  • Michael Sheeter (Texas A&M University School of Law) interning with Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Roberto Cañas.

  • Manuel Lopez (Texas Tech University School of Law) interning with State District Judge Dale Tillery.

  • Maythe Tellez (UNT Dallas College of Law) interning with U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Ramirez.

  • Xanthe Munoz (UNT Dallas College of Law) interning with State District Judge Hector Garza.

2017

  • Maria Alonso, SMU Dedman School of Law, interned with State District Judge Maricela Moore.

  • Valeria Umpire, UNT Dallas College of Law, interned with State District Judge Hector Garza.

  • Devin Alexander, UNT Dallas College of Law, interned with State District Judge Denise Garcia.

  • Kevin Hernandez, Texas A&M School of Law, interned with State District Judge Ernie White.

  • Janie Martinez, UNT Dallas College of Law, interned with State District Judge Roberto Cañas.

2016

  • Martha Alejandra Salas, St. Mary's School of Law, interned with Judge Ken Molberg, 95th Civil District Court

  • Emery Martinez, UNT Dallas College of Law, interned with Judge Rob Canas, Dallas County Criminal Court No. 10

  • Joseph Guggenheim, SMU Dedman School of Law, interned with U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Ramirez, Northern District of Texas

  • Nicanor "Nico" Arias, Texas A&M University School of Law, interned with Judge Elizabeth Crowder, Dallas County Criminal Court No. 7

  • Jordan Roberto Perez, UNT Dallas College of Law, interned with Judge Dale Tillery, 134th Civil District Court

2015

  • Marcus Bahena. SMU Dedman School of Law. Marcus is interning with Judge Ingrid Michelle Warren of the Dallas County Probate Court No. 2.

  • Soila Bustos. UNT Dallas College of Law. Soila is interning with Judge Phyllis Lister Brown of the 162nd Civil District Court.

  • Alysia Castillo. UNT Dallas College of Law. Alysia is interning with Judge Ernest White of the 194th Criminal District Court.

  • Michelle Maese. Texas A&M University School of Law. Michelle is interning with Judge Rob Cañas in the Dallas County Criminal Court No. 10, a specialized Domestic Violence Court.

  • Roina Rivera: UNT Dallas College of Law. Roina is interning with Judge Martin Hoffman of the 68th Civil District Court.

  • Jennifer Trejo. SMU Dedman School of Law. Jennifer is interning with Judge Jim Jordan of the 160th Civil District Court.

2014

  • Christopher Flores.  Texas A&M University School of Law.  Christopher interned with Judge Brenda Hull-Thompson of the Probate Court of Dallas County.
  • Camila Francino. Texas A&M University School of Law.  Camila interned with Judge D’Metria Benson of County Court of Law No. 1.
  • Alyssa Ortiz. Texas A&M University School of Law.  Alyssa interned with Judge Dale Tillery of the 134th Judicial District Court, Dallas County.
  • Chris Rodriguez. Texas A&M University School of Law. Chris interned with Judge Dennise Garcia of the 303rd Family District Court and Judge David Lopez of the 256th Family District Court, Dallas County.
  • Vanessa Ruiz.  Texas A&M University School of Law.  Vanessa interned with Judge Teresa Hawthorne of the 203rd Judicial District Court, Dallas County.

2013

  • Janelle Portugal Carranco, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, interning with Judge Roberto Cañas of Dallas County Criminal Court No. 10
  • Liliana Ivette Vasquez, The Ohio State University, Mortiz College of Law, interning with Justice Doug Lang, of the 5th District Court of Appeals
  • Carla Verena Green, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, interning with Judge Tonya Parker, of the 116th Judicial District Court, Dallas County
  • Aaron Chibli, SMU Dedman School of Law, interning with Judge Gena Slaughter, of the 191st Judicial District Court, Dallas County
  • Angelica Rolong, Texas Tech University School of Law, interning with Judge Eric Moyé, of the 14th Judicial District Court, Dallas County