Upcoming Panel Discussion Events

  1. An event for new students exploring lawyering for social change, including an inspiring keynote, a student/alumni panel, and opportunities to connect with like-minded students, faculty, staff and attorneys.

Previous Panel Discussion Events

  1. The National Association of Women Judges present the Color of Justice Program. Sponsored by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law.
  2. A lunch panel highlighting the role of pro bono counsel in O’Donnell v. Harris County, a successful challenge to a pretrial detention system. Hosted by the Mithoff Pro Bono Program in conjunction with the ABA's National Pro Bono Celebration
  3. Join state and national experts in a discussion on Hurricane Harvey and strategies for rebuilding communities that are more resilient and equitable.
  4. Honoring the start of the U.S. Supreme Court's new term. Reviewing past and present death penalty cases on the Supreme Court's docket.
  5. Victims of natural disasters such as Harvey and Irma have tremendous legal needs. Those needs change over time, during different phases of recovery, and may continue over years. Join several Texas Law faculty members for a discussion of how lawyers and law students can help with disaster response and discovery.
  6. People with mental illness are greatly overrepresented among the millions of individuals cycling through our criminal justice system. Travis County is no exception, with the number of jail inmates with mental illness trending steeply upward over the past ten years. Steps have been taken to address the issue through the Health Justice Learning Collaborative and other efforts, but more is needed.
  7. An educational program for local students initiated by the National Association of Women Judges
  8. G. Rollie White Scholar in Residence Janelle Orsi, Executive Director & Co-Founder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, will speak and join a panel discussion with local lawyers whose transactional practices promote social justice.
  9. Join us for a lunchtime discussion on the Texas Law Civil Rights Clinic’s new report Preventable Tragedies: How to Reduce Mental Health-Related Deaths in Texas Jails. The Report tells the stories of ten tragic and preventable deaths in Texas jails and offers recommendations to improve diversion and treatment of persons with mental illness and related health needs.
  10. How a low-income, historically black community achieved a multi-million dollar civil rights settlement to mitigate longstanding environmental injustice along Corpus Christi’s industrial ship channel
  11. An event exploring innovative work in New Orleans and elsewhere to reduce barriers and increase housing access for individuals with criminal histories
  12. In honor of the American Bar Association’s National Pro Bono Celebration, the Mithoff Pro Bono Program hosts a panel of pro bono lawyers and activists who played a lead role in Ivy v. Morath
  13. Honoring the start of the U.S. Supreme Court's new term. Reviewing past and present death penalty cases on the Supreme Court's docket.
  14. Justice Center convenes stakeholder conversation on Class C fines and fees, bringing together municipal and justice of the peace judges, state officials, and advocates to discuss current practices in Texas and to identify innovative possibilities for change
  15. Texas Law's Prof. Mechele Dickerson keynotes this event focusing on Texas’ racial wealth gap. Panelists include Ann Baddour, director of Texas Appleseed’s Fair Financial Services Project; Don Baylor, from the Urban Institute; and Roy Lopez, Community Development Officer with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
  16. An educational program for local students initiated by the National Association of Women Judges
  17. An update on recent cases challenging Arizona’s and Georgia’s anti-immigrant statutes and their effects on other state anti-immigrant laws, and the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform.
  18. "Protecting the Elderly in Texas"
  19. Community Development Clinic presentation and panel discussion
  20. Featuring Professors Fishkin, Forbath, Steiker and Torres
  21. A Sundance documentary film about the McDonald’s hot coffee case, Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants, and its aftermath.
  22. Kathryn S. Fuller, ’76, Chair of the Ford Foundation, Former President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund, Visits Texas Law as the Inaugural G. Rollie White Public Service Scholar-in-Residence, March 8-10