William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

“That they may truly and impartially administer justice”

2008–2009 Programs

Photo of students at the Mississippi Center for Justice

Students volunteering with the Mississippi Center for Justice, Biloxi, MS, Justice Center Winter Break Trip, January 2009

The Justice Center promotes equal justice through lectures, conferences, community service and pro bono projects, clinical courses, and other events focused on public interest law. These programs bring together the law school community, judges, attorneys, and others working to increase access to justice.

In 2008–2009, the Justice Center sponsored:


Conferences, Lectures and Presentations:

Photo of Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative

  • Screening of "Trouble the Water," Academy Award nominee for best documentary, in honor of the Texas Law Student Hurricane Network trips to New Orleans and Mississippi, and Black History Month, co-sponsored with Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, Feb. 12, ‘09 (poster)
  • Careers in Public Service: Establishing a Sound Financial Foundation, a three part series on financing careers in public interest and government, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office, Mar. ‘09 (flyer)
  • Screening of "Holly," a film about a twelve-year old girl trafficked into sex slavery and the fight to get her out, in recognition of International Women's Day, co-sponsored with the Survivor Support Network, Asian Law Students Association and the Women's Law Caucus, Mar. 5, ‘09
  • Imprisoned by the Past: The Enduring Role of Race in the American Death Penalty, a conference presented by the Capital Punishment Center, Apr. 16, ‘09 (flyer, press release)
    • Keynote Lunch -"Confronting Injustice: Race, Poverty and Psychic Harm," Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, and Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
  • "Law, Locality, and International Human Rights,” a roundtable discussion and reception with Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, co-sponsored with the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center and the Humanities Institute, Apr. 29, ‘09
  • The State of Education for English Language Learners in Texas, an event honoring the Hon. William Wayne Justice, presented by the Texas Center for Education Policy, May 15, ‘09
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Hodges Society volunteering with Posada Esperanza of Austin as part of the Public Service Initiatives Program

Community Service/Pro Bono Education:

  • Public Service Initiative for First Year Students (orientation speaker, special classes on access to justice issues, and service projects), Fall ’08
  • Food Drive, in conjunction with the Office of Student Life and the Society Program, benefiting Caritas of Austin, Fall ’08
  • 'Horns for Heroes— Texas Law Veterans Association Veterans Law Clinics (flyer)
  • Student Hurricane Network Winter Break Trip, Texas Law students and professors traveled to the Gulf Coast to volunteer with organizations addressing residents' post-hurricane legal needs, Jan. 11-16, ‘09
  • Color of Justice, an educational program initiated by the National Association of Women Judges to introduce minority students to the many career options available in the law and judiciary and to present their annual scholarship, in the Eidman Courtroom, Feb. 19, ‘09 (co-sponsored with the NAWJ and the Travis County Women Lawyers Association) (program)


Public Service Recognition:

  • Reception for students and faculty to highlight public interest activities at the Law School, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office, Oct. 15, ’08
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Equal Justice Scholars

(l-r) Lawson Konvalinka, '11; Jessica Cassidy, '09; Kyle Marie Stock, '10

Scholarships and Fellowships: