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.
G. Rollie White Scholar in Residence Janelle Orsi, Executive Director & Co-Founder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, will discuss the rapidly changing state of the sharing economy as well as ways in which the sharing economy could be, and in some cases is already, a truly transformative force for social and environmental justice.
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.
Learn about Justice Center funding for summer fellowships, our events and programming, and other resources we provide for students interested in nonprofit, government, and legislative service. Explore how you can be involved next year, including participating as a Baron & Budd Scholar, Public Service Scholar, or Pro Bono Scholar. There will also be time to visit with us and students who are involved in our projects
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.
In conjunction with the American Bar Association’s week-long National Pro Bono Celebration, the Mithoff Pro Bono Program has planned a series of events to highlight the role of Texas Law in delivering pro bono legal services. The Mithoff Program also is partnering with legal services providers in Austin to deliver free legal services during the National Pro Bono Celebration.
Stevenson, a dynamic speaker and renowned lawyer, has represented capital defendants and prisoners for more than 30 years. He is a faculty member at NYU School of Law and the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama.
Learn strategies to manage your educational debt, including the Texas Law and federal loan repayment and forgiveness programs for lawyers pursuing jobs in the government and public interest sectors. Co-sponsored with the Career Services Office.
An event for new students exploring lawyering for social change, including an inspiring keynote, small group lunches, a student/alumni panel, and opportunities to connect with like-minded students and attorneys.
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
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.