November 15, 2012
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TNH 3.124 (Neathery Classroom)
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Interested in finding out more about the progressive lawyering landscape in Texas --- and how can connect with progressive lawyers? Find out over free lunch!

Join ACS, PILA, CHLSA, TMLS, and three fantastic local attorneys -- D'Ann Johnson, Rebecca Robertson, and David Weiser -- for free lunch and a discussion about a career in progressive lawyering in Texas in firm, government, and public interest environments.

WHEN: Thursday, November 15 at 1:10 WHERE: Room 3.124 WHAT: Free pizza & an engaging discussion with awesome progressive lawyers! CO-SPONSORED BY: American Constitution Society (ACS), Public Interest Law Association (PILA), Chicano/Hispanic Law Students' Association (CHLSA), Thurgood Marshall Law Society (TMLS)

Our panelists:

D'Ann Johnson D'Ann Johnson is the Austin Branch Manager at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. D'Ann has more than twenty years of legal experience in the areas of nonprofit management, banking policy, and the development of legal resources and training programs. An honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, D'Ann's prior work experience includes serving as legal counsel to state and local governmental entities and a nonprofit membership association of attorneys. She is a graduate of Leadership America, a Friar, and a founding board member of a pro bono legal program for immigrants. D'Ann is responsible for coordinating C-BAR's work with community-based nonprofits in rural communities.

Rebecca Robertson Rebecca Robertson is the Legal and Policy Director of ACLU of Texas. Rebecca joined the ACLU in July 2011 after a 15-year career as a litigator. Rebecca was a partner in the international law firm Baker Botts, LLP. Her practice focused on complex commercial litigation, and she served as co-chair of the firm’s securities litigation practice group and chair of the firm’s LGBT affinity group. While at Baker Botts, Rebecca helped found the firm’s pro bono committee and led the amicus team working on the landmark civil rights case challenging the Texas sodomy law, Texas v. Lawrence. Rebecca also helped the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program run legal clinics for poor Houstonians living with HIV/AIDS. Rebecca has been recognized by both the Houston Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas for her pro bono service. Rebecca is a graduate of the Harvard Law School , where she served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and Rice University, where she received her B.A. magna cum laude.

David Weiser David Weiser is a partner at Kator Parks & Weiser, which is a small firm specializing in employment law. His practice concentrates on representation of employees before state and federal courts, the EEOC, and the MSPB, in both individual and class action litigation. His class action work includes prominent roles in Durnford v. Dept. of Justice, Lewis v. Dept. of Transportation (FAA), and McConnell v. U.S. Postal Service. David's work in individual cases includes representation of employees alleging sexual harassment, EEO retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, and discrimination based on sex, race, national origin, age, religion, and disability. He received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1986, where he was Senior Editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review. After law school, David served as a law clerk to Judge William Wayne Justice (E.D. Texas). David later was Assistant General Counsel to Texas Governor Ann Richards. He is the co-founder of the Austin Lawyer Chapter

Specific audiences:
  • Texas Law students
Sponsored by:
  • American Constitution Society

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the sponsor listed above or the Texas Law Special Events Office at no later than seven business days prior to the event.