Events Calendar

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22 October 23
  1. 4:00pm 2023-10-23T17:45-05:00
    Reproductive Justice Colloquium Series

    Join us for the 4th event in our Rapoport Center Reproductive Justice Colloquium Series presented by Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law Ji Seon Sung.

    Abstract: At a time when policing and medicine are colliding in the post-Dobbs landscape, the extent of hospital’s participation in policing and punishment merits attention. This talk argues that hospitals in the “free world” have become part of the carceral infrastructure. They perform functions essential to the operations of mass incarceration by identifying criminals, helping build criminal cases, preparing people for incarceration, and treating and returning people to imprisonment. Carceral authorities alter the complex, structured, and regulated hospital workplace by their immense formal and informal powers. This talk identifies this deference to and incorporation of carceral rules and practices as an expansion of the modalities of policing and custodial practices, pointing in part to the ways that hospitals perpetuate problems of mass incarceration, such as racial subordination and loyalty to carceral logics of “public safety.”

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24 October 25
  1. 12:15pm 2023-10-25T13:30-05:00
    State Department Explained

    On Wednesday, October 25, the Strauss Center and LBJ School of Public Affairs will host Ambassador (ret) Larry André, Visiting Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, as he discusses how the State Department operates. What is an Ambassador? How does someone become an Ambassador? What is a Foreign Service Officer? What is a Civil Service employee? Who are locally recruited colleagues? What is an embassy? How is it organized? Ambassador André (ret) will end with a Q&A for all of your outstanding questions he didn’t answer during the presentation.

    Biography: Ambassador (Ret.) Larry E. André, Jr., retired from the State Department’s Senior Foreign Service in May 2023 after a 37-year career with the federal government (3 ½ years with Peace Corps, first as a volunteer for two years then as a staff member, then 33 ½ years with the State Department’s Foreign Service). He served in a mix of leadership, policy, and management positions.

    Ambassador (Ret.) André’s leadership positions included Ambassador to Somalia (January 2022-May 2023), Ambassador to Djibouti (January 2018-January 2021), and Ambassador to Mauritania (September 2014-November 2017). He also served as Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy South Sudan; Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Tanzania; Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Sierra Leone; Director, Office of the Presidential Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, and Deputy Director, Office of West African Affairs.

    Ambassador (Ret.) André’s management (“overseas operations”) positions included Deputy Director, African Affairs Bureau’s Executive Office; Management Officer, U.S. Embassy Guinea; Administrative Officer, U.S. Consulate Kaduna (northern Nigeria); Deputy Management Counselor, U.S. Embassy Iraq; and Supervisory General Services Officer, U.S. Embassy Bangladesh.

    Ambassador (Ret.) André’s policy positions (advocacy, diplomatic reporting and programs) included Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy Kenya; Political/Consular Officer, U.S. Embassy Cameroon, Economic/Commercial officer, U.S. Embassy Bangladesh, and Regional Environment Officer for East Africa covering 14 countries from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador (Ret.) André worked in Chad to assist refugees returning home following the war with Libya, and served both as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal and as Peace Corps staff in Washington, DC. As an undergraduate, he was a researcher at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government in Claremont, California. He speaks French. He, his wife Ouroukou, and their son Isidore reside in Caldwell County, Texas. He has Cal-Tex roots, growing up initially in California and then relocating to Fort Worth, Texas in the 8th grade.

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  2. 5:00pm 2023-10-25T18:00-05:00
    Out in Law Panel

    Join us for an immersive conversation with LGBTQ+ attorneys from six different law firms to discuss what it means to be queer in today’s legal climate. We have a very diversified panelist selection from a variety of practice groups and office locations. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and begin the networking process. This is OUTLaw’s premier professional event of the fall semester. A happy hour will immediately follow!

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  3. 6:00pm 2023-10-25T19:00-05:00
    Out in Law Mixer

    Join OUTLaw as a mix and mingle with LGBTQ+ attorneys from law firms across Texas and beyond. Drinks and bites will be provided, and there is no dress code. Just come as you are and have a good evening!

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October 26
  1. All day
    Board of Trustees Fall Meeting

    The UT Law School Foundation Board of Trustees will meet on October 26 and 27.

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  2. All day
    Essential Cybersecurity Law

    Cyber intrusions—ransomware attacks, data breaches, hacking, and other threats—continue to make headlines and affect companies and organizations of all sizes. Essential Cybersecurity Law is a one-day, extensive program designed to walk through key legal issues relating to breach preparedness and response. This year’s program features:

    Updates on current and pending state and federal privacy legislation that will impact companies of all sizes A detailed walkthrough of the key components of an incident response plan, followed by an interactive luncheon workshop for a sample breach/response scenario A look at the legal and ethical implications of AI and other emerging technology A panel on “The Role of the Board: Before, During and After a Cyber Incident”

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  3. 11:50am 2023-10-26T12:50-05:00
    Bound By Red Tape: Chevron Deference

    Join the Federalist Society for a debate over the judicial deference to the administrative state. Hosting Professor Michael Rappaport and Professor David Adelman, we will explore the controversial Chevron deference and the Administrative Procedure Act.

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  4. 12:00pm 2023-10-26T00:00-05:00
    Jocelyn Simonson

    A Discussion with Professor Jocelyn Simonson, Author of Radical Acts of Justice Join law professors Jocelyn Simonson and Katy Dyer as they discuss Simonson's new book, Radical Acts of Justice: How Ordinary People are Dismantling Mass Incarceration. Please RSVP here:

    Note: The first 25 students to register will receive a signed copy of Radical Acts of Justice. Cosponsored by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, the Initiative for Law, Societies, and Justice, and the Criminal Defense Clinic.

    Student organization cosponsor: Public Defense Group About the book: Radical Acts of Justice tells the stories of ordinary people joining together in collective acts of resistance: paying bail for a stranger, using social media to let the public know what everyday courtroom proceedings are like, making a video about someone’s life for a criminal court judge, presenting a budget proposal to the city council. When people join together to contest received ideas of justice and safety, they challenge the ideas that prosecutions and prisons make us safer; that public officials charged with maintaining “law and order” are carrying out the will of the people; and that justice requires putting people in cages. Through collective action, these groups live out new and more radical ideas of what justice can look like. A former public defender, Jocelyn Simonson is professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and the leading national authority on community bail funds. Her work has been cited by the Supreme Court and discussed in The Atlantic, the New Yorker, and the Associated Press, and she has written for the New York Times, The Nation, n+1, the Washington Post, and others. Radical Acts of Justice (The New Press) is her first book. She lives in New York City.

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October 27
  1. All day
    Board of Trustees Fall Meeting

    The UT Law School Foundation Board of Trustees will meet on October 26 and 27.

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  2. All day
    Gas and Power Institute

    The 2023 Gas and Power Institute, is a one-day program that features timely topics relevant to the gas and power industry in light of the changing landscape of rules, regulation, legislation, and environmental requirements. The Institute also provides essential information and resources on the latest industry and market climate.

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29 October 30
  1. 12:15pm 2023-10-30T13:30-05:00
    9/11: What Happened? What Changed?

    On Monday, October 30, the Strauss Center welcomes Christopher Kojm, former Deputy Staff Director of the 9/11 Commission, for a fireside chat with Strauss Center Director Adam Klein about “9/11: What Happened? What Changed?” This talk will be held at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and is part of the Strauss Center’s Brumley Speaker Series.

    In their wide-ranging conversation, Kojm and Klein will discuss the background and events of September 11, 2001, along with the growth of al Qaeda and origins of global terrorism, why the US Government failed to stop the plot, and what young people should know about the attacks and how they changed our country and the world.

    Lunch will be provided and no RSVP is required. For more information about this event, please contact Brittany Horton at

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October 31
  1. 12:00pm 2023-10-31T13:15-05:00
    EmPOWERed for Public Interest

    Join the Justice Center for a mid-semester check-in lunch as part of the initiative designed to support public interest law students whose lived experiences intersect with the legal systems they seek to challenge in their careers.

    Law schools need to do more to support the well-being, needs, and leadership development of students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, students with disabilities, immigrant students, LGBTQ+ students, formerly incarcerated students, and students with families who have been impacted by the criminal or immigration enforcement systems. This space is meant to build a positive community for students who not only have these experiences, but whose public interest work as attorneys may be directly tied to their lived experiences and/or those of their loved ones. For example: students who have themselves or had family members become entangled in the criminal legal system who are interested in public defense work; immigrant students, or students who are the children or family members of immigrants seeking to challenge the immigration system; low-income students seeking to challenge laws and policy that further marginalize low-income people such as predatory lending, cash bail, etc.

    This program seeks to serve as a space for dialogue, mentorship, and resource-sharing that is tailored to the particular needs, and strengths, of students in this position.

    Please RSVP by noon, October 24th:

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November 1
  1. 11:50am 2023-11-01T12:50-05:00
    Is School Choice the Way Forward?

    School choice is becoming an increasingly relevant public policy issue, especially in Texas. To shed some light on the issue and show why this topic is a hot topic in the world of education, the Texas Federalist Society is hosting a debate between Arif Panju, of the the Institute of Justice, and local Professor David DeMatthews, of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy.

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November 2
  1. All day
    Advanced Patent Law Institut

    UT Law's 28th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute covers the latest developments in patent law and features a sophisticated array of prosecution and litigation topics. Hear from nationally recognized faculty including senior IP counsel of major corporations, patent prosecution and litigation experts from around the nation, U.S. District Court Judges, and leading academics.

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  2. All day
    Immigration and Nationality Law

    In a constantly changing political climate, navigating the law is more important than ever. UT Law CLE's 47th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law is ideal for practitioners of all experience levels and provides an opportunity to learn from nationally recognized experts. The 2-day program offers in-depth discussion on issues at the forefront of immigration practice and provides tools, forms, tips, and guidance on key decision points, including the increasing importance of removal and relief from removal. Gain strategies to provide the best advocacy for your clients while protecting yourself and your practice.

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  3. 11:45am 2023-11-02T00:00-05:00
    Patrice Simms: Climate Justice Panel

    Join Patrice Simms, Vice President for Healthy Communities at Earthjustice, Co-founder of People over Plastic, and Visiting Professor at Harvard Law, for a panel discussion with community advocates, with a focus on issues at the intersection of environment, climate, and racial and social justice.

    Learn from Simms and an amazing group of advocates what community-based advocacy looks like, why it matters, and what it can accomplish. And hear about some of the biggest challenges that communities are facing, the great work they are doing, and how lawyers can partner with communities to amplify their power.

    Panel discussion in the Eidman Courtroom, 11:45-1:00 pm, with lunch available in the Jamail Pavilion immediately following. Simms and the panelists will be available for conversation over lunch from 1-1:30pm.

    Open to the public. Please RSVP for lunch by 12pm Thursday, October 26:

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  4. 5:00pm 2023-11-02T20:00-05:00
    ALDF Theater Night: The Last Pig

    The ALDF invites you to join us for a theater night. This time we will be watching The Last Pig together. The Last Pig is an award-winning film that chronicles a farmer's final year on the farm, capturing in intimate detail the farmer’s personal upheaval as he questions his beliefs and the value of life. Vegan food and drinks from Rebel Cheese will be sponsored by the ALDF. Sign-up sheet for a FREE ALDF t-shirt will also be circulated during the event. Please RSVP for us to get enough food:

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November 3
  1. 10:00am 2023-11-03T14:30-05:00
    AAEC Meeting Fall 2023

    AAEC Meeting Fall 2023

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November 4
  1. 9:00am 2023-11-04T11:00-05:00
    Alumni Tailgate

    Tailgate Extravaganza – 25th Anniversary

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