William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

“That they may truly and impartially administer justice”

2015–2016 Programs

Ebony Howard, Managing Attorney - Alabama, Southern Poverty Law Center

Ebony Howard, Managing Attorney - Alabama, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, AL, delivering her keynote, "Continuing the Civil Rights Legacy: Pursuing Justice in a New Era," at Change It Up!: Lawyering for Social Change

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, attorneys, judges, and others working to increase access to justice.

In 2015–2016, the Justice Center will sponsor:

Conferences, Lectures and Presentations:

  • "Change It Up!: Lawyering for Social Change," Sept. 11, '15, 1:10-4:30 pm, hosted with the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, the Capital Punishment Center and many student organizations
    • Keynote Speaker: Ebony Howard, Managing Attorney - Alabama, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, AL
    • Panel Discussion: Paths and Models - Recent alumni who work in various fields will discuss their careers and paths through law school
    • Lawyering for Social Change: A Texas Law Story - Scott McCown, Clinical Professor; Director, Children's Rights Clinic
Class of 2018 Equal Justice Scholar Elizabeth Esser-Stuart, and G. Rollie White Scholar Tyler Somes

Class of 2018 Equal Justice Scholar Elizabeth Esser-Stuart, and G. Rollie White Scholar Tyler Somes

  • Introduction to Public Service Debt Management, Oct. 1, '15, noon - 1:00 pm, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Post Graduate Public Interest Fellowships for 2Ls, Oct. 8, '15, noon - 1:00 pm, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Change It Up! Brown Bag: Professor Panel, Oct. 9, '15, 1:00 - 2:15 pm, TNH 3.127
  • National Pro Bono Week, Oct. 25 - 31, '15
  • GRITS: Getting Radical In the South Conference, Oct. 30 - 31, '15 (website)
  • Opportunity Forum Panel: Race and Ethnic Divides in Austin, Oct. 16, '15, noon - 1:30 pm, Auditorium
  • National Pro Bono Week, Oct. 25 - 31, '15
  • GRITS: Getting Radical In the South Conference, Oct. 30 - 31, '15 (website)
  • Lives in the Law Speaker Michael Allen, civil rights and fair housing, Relman, Dane & Colfax, Washington, D.C., Nov. 3, '15, 11:45 - 1:45, Eidman Courtroom and Jury Room, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Change It Up! Brown Bag: Speed Networking, Nov. 6, '15, 1:00 - 2:15 pm, TNH 3.127
  • Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Jan. 29, '16, noon - 1:15 pm, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office and Financial Aid Office
  • G. Rollie White Scholar in Residence Christy E. Lopez, Feb. 9, '16
  • Conference: Workers' Rights in the 21st Century: New Developments / New Challenges, Feb. 19, '16, 8:30 - 1:45 pm, Auditorium, co-sponsored with the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, Transnational Worker Rights Clinic (website)
  • Gideon's Promise: The Drive to Reform Indigent Defense in the South, a talk by Jonathan Rapping, Feb. 25, '16, 11:45 - 12:45 pm, Eidman Courtroom, Co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Practitioner Panel: Public Defense in the South, Feb. 25, '16, 12:45 - 1:45 pm, Eidman Courtroom, Co-sponsored with the Career Services Panel
  • Gregg v. Georgia at Forty: The Modern American Death Penalty, Mar. 31 - Apr. 2, '16, co-sponsored with the Capital Punishment Center, American Bar Association's Death Penalty Due Process Review Project
  • Lives in the Law Speaker date TBD, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Texas Law LRAP Informational Session, date TBD, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Non-Profit or Government Position, date TBD, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Public Service Debt Management: Working Session for 3Ls, date TBD, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office

Community Service/Pro Bono Education:

  • Pro Bono Winter Break Trip, Texas Law students and professors travel to the Rio Grande valley to volunteer with organizations addressing the legal needs of low-income people in the area, Jan. ‘16

Curriculum:

  • Clinics and Internships Fall Information Session, Fall ’15
  • Clinics and Internships Spring Information Session, Spring ’16
  • Ongoing judicial and non-profit and government internship courses

Public Service Recognition:

  • National Pro Bono Week, Oct. 25-31, ’15
  • Justice Center Reception and Amy's Ice Cream Social Celebrating Student Achievement in Service, Spring 2016
Equal Justice Scholars: Alex Stamm, '17; Kelsey Chapple, '16; Chris Larson, '15

Equal Justice Scholars

(l-r) Alex Stamm, '17; Kelsey Chapple, '16; Chris Larson, '15

Scholarships and Fellowships: