William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

“That they may truly and impartially administer justice”


The Justice Center hosts a broad range of events, highlighting access to justice issues and public interest legal topics through speakers and panel presentations. The “Lives in the Law” speaker series, for example, focuses on the work and lives of lawyers who strive to improve the lives of others through litigation, advocacy, and public service.  The Justice Center also convenes conferences and hosts lectures focusing on legal issues facing marginalized people and communities.

Working with its student advisory board and the Career Services Office, the Justice Center plans presentations to help students pursue public service after law school.  Recent initiatives include a series on strategies to manage educational debt, including the Texas Law and federal loan repayment and forgiveness programs, culminating in individual financial counseling sessions with financial services professionals for graduating students, and a panel discussion of social justice lawyers on handling the stress of high volume, high stakes practices representing clients in crisis.

Vince Warren

Lives in The Law: Vince Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, speaks on the New York City stop-and-frisk case — a federal class action challenging the New York Police Department’s racial profiling practices.

Major Conferences:

Douglas Laycock

G. Rollie White Scholar Douglas Laycock lectures on Government Prayer and the First Amendment: Town of Greece v. Galloway

Fisher Panel

Panelists Patti Ohlendorf, Joshua Civin, Sharon Davies and Moderator Ranjana Natarajan, give an overview of the Supreme Court's Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin decision, its origins, and the current state of the remanded case.