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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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5 November 6
  1. 11:50am 2023-11-06T12:50-06:00
    Constitutionalism in Canada and the USA

    Just how different is the American legal system from other Western countries? How do other nations handle constitutional interpretation and enforcement of rights? The Runnymede Society's Kristopher Kinsinger will join Professor Tara Grove and the Federalist Society to explore the answers to these questions by comparing the Canadian system to our own. Can we learn something from their example?

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  2. 4:00pm 2023-11-06T17:45-06:00
    Reproductive Justice Colloquium Event

    Join us for the final event in our Rapoport Center Reproductive Justice Colloquium Series, presented by Professor of Law at Loyola Law School Priscilla Ocen. Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies Nessette Falu will respond.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Texas Law Pipeline Beyond Program.

    Abstract: Since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, at least 24 states across the country have enacted draconian restrictions on abortion. While the form of these restrictions may vary, many have one thing in common: they are facilitated by the vast network of surveillance and punishment constructed as part of the “war on crime” that produced the largest prison population in the world. At every stage, law enforcement plays a critical role in restricting reproductive autonomy of people capable of pregnancy. Despite that policing is a critical component of anti-abortion restrictions, few pro-choice advocates have embraced critiques of policing or the broad use of law enforcement to address systemic social problems. This is a mistake. In this talk, I argue that to secure the right to reproductive autonomy, advocates and scholars must challenge the role of policing in care settings and question the fundamental role of imprisonment and punishment in our society through an abolitionist lens.

    Sponsored by:

    Bernard & Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights & Justice

    Texas Law Pipeline Beyond Program

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7 8 November 9
  1. All day
    Entertainment Law Institute

    Don't miss the 33rd Annual Entertainment Law Institute (ELI), now co-sponsored by The University of Texas School of Law and the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. ELI continues to bring together an outstanding faculty of nationally-regarded practitioners and industry insiders to keep entertainment lawyers up to date on the latest emerging trends, issues and breaking developments in music, film, games, and digital media.

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  2. 6:30pm 2023-11-09T20:30-06:00
    Fort Worth Pre-Game Party

    Join your fellow Texas Law grads for a fun evening to get ready to cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the TCU Horned Frogs. All alumni are invited. The event will be hosted at the Crescent Hotel in Gallery I. We hope to see you there!

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November 10
  1. All day
    Leasing Institute

    The Bernard O. Dow Leasing Institute – Texas’ preeminent leasing conference – brings together experts in real estate law and finance for a focused day of programming on the latest leasing issues. Join us in person ONLY this year in Houston.

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12 13 November 14
  1. 5:00pm 2023-11-14T18:00-06:00
    Albena Azmanova

    Abstract: Two dynamics have been making their imprint on the political landscape of Europe over the past decade: the rise of autocratic rule, even in the ‘mature’ democracies of western Europe, and the spread of economic and social precarity, rooted in the insecurity of livelihoods. Professor Azmanova will trace policy developments through which these processes have taken place, and will examine the relations between the two phenomena.

    Albena Azmanova is Professor of Political and Social Science at the University of Kent, Senior Fellow at OSUN Economic Democracy Initiative, Bard College, member of the Independent Commission for Sustainble Equality to the European Parliament, and Honorary Fellow at the Institute for Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick.

    Her research focuses on political and social transformations, with analyses of social justice and political judgment, democratic transition and consolidation, critiques of capitalism, social protest, and electoral mobilisation. In her last book, Capitalism on Edge. How Fighting Precarity Can Achieve Radical Change Without Crisis or Utopia (Columbia University Press, 2020) she identifies ubiquitous insecurity as politically generated social harm, traces its political consequences and charts an anti-precarity policy agenda. The book has received numerous awards, among which is the Michael Harrington Award, with which the American Political Science Association “recognizes an outstanding book that demonstrates how scholarship can be used in the struggle for a better world”, as well as the International Studies Association best book prize for International Political Economy.

    Professor Azmanova has held academic positions at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna; The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne; the University of California Berkeley; Harvard University; Sciences Po. Paris; and the New School for Social Research, New York.

    She has worked as a policy advisor for a number of international organisations, most recently, for the European Trade Union Confederation, The European Civic Forum, and the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

    Professor Azmanova is co-founder and co-Editor in Chief of Emancipations: a Journal of Critical Social Analysis, member of the editorial boards of the journals Review of Evolutionary Political Economy, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and member of the International Advisory Board of the “Alternatives to Capitalism in the 21st Century” series of Bristol University Press.

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  2. 6:00pm 2023-11-14T19:30-06:00
    The Visiting Room Project

    The Visiting Room Project is a digital experience that invites the public to sit face-to-face with people serving life without the possibility of parole and hear them tell their stories. More than five years in the making, the project offers the only collection of its kind, containing more than 100 filmed interviews with people currently serving life without parole at Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The event will kick off with a 30-minute screening of several compiled interviews from The Visiting Room Project, followed by a panel discussion featuring people who were interviewed by the project and are now free.

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November 15
  1. All day
    Bankruptcy Conference

    Now in its 42nd year, UT Law CLE's Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference is one of the premier bankruptcy programs in the nation. The conference attracts a stellar national faculty of prominent judges, academics, and practitioners. This year’s conference will be a day and a half and provides an in-depth focus on current topics in business and consumer bankruptcy.

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  2. 4:00pm 2023-11-15T17:30-06:00
    The Fear of Too Much Justice

    Join the longtime director of the Southern Center for Human Rights as he discusses his work in capital punishment, indigent criminal legal defense, racial discrimination in the criminal legal system, conditions and practices in prisons and jails, judicial independence, and his new book (with co-author James Kwak), The Fear of Too Much Justice: Race, Poverty, and the persistence of Inequality in the Criminal Courts (2023).

    Presented by: The Athenaeum with The Budd Innocence Center and The Capital Punishment Center

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  3. 6:00pm 2023-11-15T00:00-06:00
    John C. Akard Lecture: Coerced Debt

    At the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, TX - November 15 at 6:00 PM

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    by Professor Angela Littwin The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

    Professor Littwin presents brand-new data from her National Science Foundation study of coerced debt, which occurs when the batterer in an abusive relationship uses fraud or coercion to incur debt in his partner’s name. New findings will include the eligibility of participants’ coerced debts for relief under bankruptcy and other debtor-creditor law as well as the effect of coerced debt on participants’ credit scores.

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November 16
  1. All day
    Oil, Gas, and Energy Tax Conference

    Join leading members of the oil, gas and energy tax community—including senior government officials, IRS staff, corporate energy and tax counsel, and members of the energy tax bar—at the 16th Biennial Parker C. Fielder Oil, Gas, and Energy Tax Conference.

    This nationally recognized event is a unique collaboration between The University of Texas School of Law and the Chief Counsel’s Office of the IRS, and provides an exchange of views and perspectives between the private sector and the Service.

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  2. 11:50am 2023-11-16T12:50-06:00
    Should the Death Penalty be Abolished?

    The death penalty is a highly contested element of the American criminal justice system with a long history. But is it time to part ways with the practice? Debating this issue, the Federalist Society is hosting Professor William Otis from Georgetown University and our very own Lee Kovarsky.

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  3. 12:00pm 2023-11-16T13:15-06:00
    The Rule is for None but Allah

    On Thursday, November 16th, the Strauss Center is hosting a panel and book talk on The Rule is for None but Allah: Islamist Approaches to Governance, edited by Joana Cook and Shiraz Maher. The event will feature a panel with Dr. Joana Cook, Assistant Professor of Terrorism and Political Violence at Leiden University, and Senior Project Manager at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, Dr. Inga Trauthig, head of research of the Propaganda Research Lab at the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Nina Musgrave, Lecturer in Terrorism and Security Education and Assistant Director at the Centre for Defence Studies. Dr. Trauthig will present on the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood and other Libyan Islamists that sought to participate in party politics after 2011, such as the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), and Dr. Musgrave will present on the case study of Hamas. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Maro Youssef, State Fragility Program Fellow with the Strauss Center.

    The last four decades have been shaped by the rise of Islamist politics across significant swathes of the globe. Whether by gun or by ballot box, various Islamist movements—from as far and wide as the Malian desert and Indonesia’s archipelagos—have sought to obtain power and govern territories, in a bid to revive an Islamic ancient regime. With the regional privations produced by the ‘War on Terror’ and the political unrest following 2011’s Arab uprisings, the global march of Islamism has only accelerated in the twenty-first century.

    Building on an established literature on rebel governance, The Rule is for None but Allah examines fifteen cases from around the world to consider the different ways Islamists have approached and implemented governance; the challenges they have faced; and how they have responded to obstacles. It brings new detail and insights on a wide range of themes, including legitimacy, constitutionality and social-welfare activism.


    Dr. Joana Cook is an Assistant Professor of Terrorism and Political Violence in the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University. She is also a Senior Project Manager at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) and an Adjunct Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. Her research more broadly focuses on women and gender in violent extremism, countering violent extremism, and counter-terrorism practices. More recent scholarly interests include non-state actor governance, and factors and pathways to radicalisation. You can find out more at .

    Dr. Inga Kristina Trauthig is the head of research of the Propaganda Research Lab at the Center for Media Engagement (CME) at UT Austin. She is also an affiliate fellow with the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) at King’s College London. Previously, she has been a research fellow with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and received an MLitt from the University of St Andrews. She received her PhD at King’s College London for which she focused on post-Qaddafi Libya.

    Dr. Nina Musgrave is Lecturer in Terrorism and Security Education and Assistant Director at the Centre for Defence Studies. She is also the course tutor for the MA programme in National Security Studies in the Department of War Studies. Nina holds a BA (Hons) from

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  4. CANCELED 2023-11-16T20:00-06:00
    ALDF Theater Night: The Smell of Money

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. If in doubt, verify with the web-based events calendar.

    The ALDF invites you to join us for our 2nd theater night in this semester. We will be again showing The Smell of Money. The Smell of Money is a documentary that follows Elsie Herring and her community fighting for the right to clean air, water, and the life they were promised. The Smell of Money is the true story of everyday people versus corporate titans, in a battle with life or death consequences. It is now streaming in theaters, and this is a great opportunity to enjoy the documentary at the law school with food and soft drinks provided by the ALDF. All are welcome.

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  1. 12:00pm 2023-11-30T13:15-06:00
    EmPOWERed for PI Group

    Join EPI for a study break! This event is part of the Justice Center initiative designed to support students whose lived experiences intersect with the legal systems they seek to challenge in their careers. 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 poor people such as predatory lending, cash bail, etc.

    EPI gatherings serve as a space for dialogue, mentorship, and resource-sharing tailored to the particular needs and strengths of students whose public interest work as attorneys may be directly tied to their lived experiences and/or those of their loved ones. This lunch will be a time to continue building community, ask questions about the summer job application process, and discuss what programming to expect in the Spring semester.

    Lunch provided. Please RSVP by noon on Monday, November 27:

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  2. 5:30pm 2023-11-30T19:00-06:00
    Fatin Abbas Reading

    Co-sponsored by the Michener Center for Writers, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, Professor Toyin Falola, the Department of English at UT, and the Joynes Reading Room.

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