Upcoming Events

  1. Training Program: “May it Please the Court: Effective Appellate Oral Advocacy”

    Appellate oral advocacy training presented by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Previous Events

  1. Ice Cream Social: Celebration of Service ’17

    The Justice Center and Student Bar Association's annual awards ceremony and ice cream social recognizing exemplary Texas Law students, recent alumni and teachers.
  2. Mental Health and Criminal Justice Involvement: A Conversation on Best Practices and Local Policy Reforms

    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.
  3. Color of Justice, ’17

    An educational program for local students initiated by the National Association of Women Judges
  4. Speaker: “Private Prisons are Unconstitutional”

    John Dacey, Arizona attorney and founder of Abolish Private Prisons
  5. Capital Punishment Center Conference: Comparative Capital Punishment

  6. Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Nonprofit or Government Position

    Clinical faculty and students discuss how to handle the opportunities and challenges that come up in these unique work environments, including steering clear of ethical pitfalls
  7. Screening of “The Women’s List”

    Celebrate International Women's Day with a screening of the PBS documentary "The Women's List"
  8. Lives in the Law Speaker Stephanie Toti, Senior Counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights

    Toti, lead counsel in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt speaks on “Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt: A Victory for Women, Science & the Rule of Law”
  9. Making the Sharing Economy Work for Everyone

    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.
  10. The Next Legal Profession: Lawyers Creating Sustainable Local Economies

    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.
  11. “Courting Death” Book Talk

    Featuring "Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment" by Jordan Steiker and Carol Steiker
  12. Justice Center Open House

    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
  13. Lunch Talk – Civil Rights Clinic Report: Preventable Tragedies

    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.
  14. Student-Loan-Debt Expert Heather Jarvis

    Public Service Loan Forgiveness in Five Easy Steps
  15. Civil Rights and Environmental Justice

    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
  16. Lives in the Law Speaker Rebecca Robertson, Legal and Policy Director of the ACLU of Texas

    "Beyond Bathroom Backlash: The Battle for Transgender Equality"
  17. Locked Out! Criminal History as a Barrier to Housing Access

    An event exploring innovative work in New Orleans and elsewhere to reduce barriers and increase housing access for individuals with criminal histories
  18. Pro Bono before the Supreme Court: Ivy v. Morath and Deaf Access to Driver Education and Licensing

    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
  19. National Pro Bono Week ’16

    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.
  20. GRITS: Getting Radical in the South 2016

    GRITS is a student-run public interest law conference that focuses on the difficulties and constraints inherent to social justice work in the South
  21. First Tuesday: Capital Punishment in the U.S. Supreme Court, 2015 and 2016 terms

    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.
  22. Bryan Stevenson, Author of “Just Mercy”

    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.
  23. Postgraduate Public Interest Fellowships: What You Should Be Doing Now

    Current and former fellows address how to position yourself as a viable candidate for highly competitive post-graduate fellowships. Co-sponsored with the Career Services Office.
  24. Introduction to Public Service Debt Management

    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.
  25. Change It Up!: Lawyering for Social Change ’16

    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.
  26. Stakeholder Conversation: Better Practices for Adjudicating Class C Cases

    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
  27. Uniting Our Divided City

    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.
  28. Ice Cream Social: Celebration of Service ’16

    The Justice Center and Student Bar Association's annual awards ceremony and ice cream social recognizing exemplary Texas Law students, recent alumni and teachers.
  29. William Wayne Justice Center Open House

  30. Color of Justice, ’16

  31. Panel Discussion: U.S. v. Texas

  32. Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Non-Profit or Government Position ’16

  33. Gregg v. Georgia at Forty: The Modern American Death Penalty

  34. Lives in the Law Speaker Rachel Tiven, Executive Director of Immigrant Justice Corps

    Immigration attorney Rachel Tiven will speak on “Personal Pride and Overcoming Prejudice: What Can the LGBT and Immigrant Rights Movements Teach Each Other?”
  35. Gideon’s Promise: The Drive to Reform Indigent Defense in the South, a talk by Jonathan Rapping

  36. Practitioner Panel: Public Defense in the South

  37. Conference: Workers’ Rights in the 21st Century: New Developments / New Challenges

    This conference examines fundamental changes evolving in contemporary employment relationships and the challenges those changes present for workers’ rights and for labor and employment lawyers.
  38. G. Rollie White Public Interest Scholar in Residence speaker Christy E. Lopez

    Christy E. Lopez, deputy chief, Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, Justice Department, on “Policing the Police: The Federal Government’s Role in Reforming Police Practices.”
  39. Change It Up! Brown Bag: Speed Networking ’15

  40. Lives in the Law Speaker Michael Allen, civil rights and fair housing, Relman, Dane & Colfax, Washington, D.C.

    Civil rights attorney Michael Allen will speak on "Dismantling Segregation: Increasing Opportunity Through Fair Housing."
  41. GRITS: Getting Radical In the South Conference 2015

    GRITS is a student-run public interest law conference that focuses on the difficulties and constraints inherent to social justice work in the South.
  42. National Pro Bono Week ’15

  43. Opportunity Forum Panel: Race and Ethnic Divides in Austin

  44. Change It Up! Brown Bag: Professor Panel ’15

  45. Post Graduate Public Interest Fellowships for 2Ls ’15

  46. Capital Punishment in the Supreme Court

  47. Introduction to Public Service Debt Management ’15

  48. Change It Up!: Lawyering for Social Change ’15

    An event introducing students to lawyering for social change, connecting students with like-minded students and attorneys, and inspiring students to dedicate their careers to social justice.
  49. Color of Justice, ’15

  50. Building Capacity for Expert Witness Trainers in the Fields of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking

  51. Ice Cream Social: Celebration of Service

    The Justice Center and Student Bar Association's annual awards ceremony and ice cream social recognizing exemplary Texas Law students, recent alumni and teachers.
  52. Public Service Debt Management: Working Session for 3Ls

  53. Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Non-Profit or Government Position

  54. “Latinos and the Death Penalty” Conference

  55. Texas Law LRAP Informational Session

  56. Federal Honors Programs

  57. G. Rollie White Scholar in Residence: Lucas Guttentag

    Battling for Immigrants' Rights: Litigation, Advocacy, and Government Service
  58. Justice Center 10th Anniversary Celebration

  59. Lives in the Law: Dale Ho

    Dale Ho on voter suppression at the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and his life in the law.
  60. “Life After Marriage” Lunch Panel

  61. Career Paths in Indigent Defense Outside Texas

  62. Career Paths in Indigent Defense in Texas

  63. Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert, Public Service Loan Forgiveness

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  64. Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert, Public Service Loan Forgiveness ’15

  65. Fair Chance Hiring: Reducing Criminal Record Barriers to Employment

  66. Judicial Internships: Great Jobs for the Summer

  67. Change It Up! Brown Bag: “Public Interest and Government Job Search Speed-dating with 2Ls and 3Ls”

  68. Lives in the Law: Julia Gordon

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    Julia Gordon speaks on stabilizing the housing market and shaping the future of housing finance and her life in the law.
  69. Paul Barrett, “Law of the Jungle”

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    Author of "Law of the Jungle" speaks on environmental litigation against Chevron.
  70. National Pro Bono Week

    Texas Law joins National Pro Bono Celebration, the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service's annual national spotlight on pro bono
  71. Change It Up! Brown Bag: “UT Alums on Their Public Interest Post-Graduate Fellowships”

  72. ​40 Years of Immigration Challenges

    An Examination of Major Litigation and Advocacy Efforts From the 1980s to the Present
  73. Post Graduate Public Interest Fellowships for 2L’s

  74. Introduction to Public Service Debt Management

  75. Change It Up! Brown Bag: “Faculty on Their Work for Social Change”

  76. Change It Up!: Lawyering for Social Change

    An introduction for incoming students to lawyering for social change in Austin and beyond.
  77. Ice Cream Social: Celebration of Service ’14

    The Justice Center and Student Bar Association's annual awards ceremony and ice cream social recognizing exemplary Texas Law students, recent alumni and teachers.
  78. Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Non-Profit or Government Position ’14

  79. Public Service Debt Management: Working Session for 3Ls ’14

  80. Michael Tigar on “Huck Finn, Capital Trials and Consciousness”

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  81. Texas Law LRAP Informational Session

  82. Conference on Diversity in Higher Education Post-Fisher

    A conference examining the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin and exploring contemporary debates involving diversity in higher education.
  83. G. Rollie White Public Interest Scholar in Residence speaker Douglas Laycock, Government Prayer and the First Amendment: Town of Greece v. Galloway

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    Town of Greece involves legal limits on public prayer in government meetings. Laycock argued before the US Supreme Court on behalf of Galloway last fall.
  84. Change it Up! Brown Bag Series: Social Justice Practice in Unexpected Places

  85. Safe Homes, Safe Neighborhoods: Collaborative Strategies for Preventing Crime at Dangerous Places

  86. Lives in the Law: Vincent Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights

    Civil rights attorney Vincent Warren will speak about CCR's New York City stop-and-frisk case.
  87. Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert, Public Service Loan Forgiveness

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  88. Lives in the Law: David Guillory and Tim Garrigan on Fighting fr Justice in East Texas

    Guillory and Garrigan will discuss their class action accusing the City of Tenaha and Shelby County of illegally seizing money and property from black and Latino motorists passing through the town.
  89. Fostering Healthy Communities: Austin’s Built Environment and Its Impact on Public Health

  90. Policy Leadership in the Anti-Trafficking Movement: How Texas’ New Laws Fight Slavery

  91. National Pro Bono Luncheon

  92. Work for Workplace Justice

  93. Michelle Smith, ’11, Terri LeClercq on Prisoner’s Rights

  94. Introduction to Public Sector Debt Management: A Primer for 1Ls

  95. Being a Public Defender

  96. Post Graduate Public Interest Fellowships for 2L’s ’13

  97. Public Service Movie Night: Gideon’s Army

  98. Change It Up! Brown Bag Series: Professional Panel

  99. Safe Homes: How to Address Austin’s Dangerous Apartments

  100. UT Opportunity Forum Lunch Discussion on Safe Homes

  101. Change It Up: Lawyering for Social Change

    An introduction for incoming students to lawyering for social change in Austin and beyond.
  102. Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Non-Profit or Government Position ’13

  103. Color of Justice, ’13

    An educational program for local students initiated by the National Association of Women Judges
  104. Social Justice Entrepreneurship Workshop

  105. “The Role of Law in Closing the Educational Achievement Gap”

    A conference examining the law as a tool to close the educational achievement gap, with a special focus on Texas.
  106. Ice Cream Social: Celebration of Service ’13

    The Justice Center and Student Bar Association's annual awards ceremony and ice cream social recognizing exemplary Texas Law students, recent alumni and teachers.
  107. Immigration Litigation Update and the Prospects for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    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.
  108. Texas Law LRAP Informational Session ’13

  109. “Lives in the Law,” Vanita Gupta, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU and Director of the ACLU’s Center for Justice

    Gupta will speak about criminal justice reform and the fight to end over-incarceration.
  110. G. Rollie White Scholar in Residence: Marie-Therese Connolly, Elder Justice Advocate Panel Discussion

    "Protecting the Elderly in Texas"
  111. G. Rollie White Scholar in Residence: Marie-Therese Connolly, Elder Justice Advocate

    "How Change Happens: The Fight for Elder Justice in the U.S."
  112. “Lives in the Law,” Pamelya P. Herndon, Executive Director, Southwest Women’s Law Center

    Herndon will speak about her work using legal advocacy, research, and collaboration to improve opportunities for girls and women.
  113. Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert Public Service Loan Forgiveness

  114. Panel Discussion: Creating a Market for Organs

  115. From Civil Rights to Human Rights

    A talk by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark
  116. Protecting Tenants Displaced from Redevelopment Projects

    Community Development Clinic presentation and panel discussion
  117. Panel Discussion on Fisher v. UT

    Featuring Professors Fishkin, Forbath, Steiker and Torres
  118. “No Way Out But One” Movie Screening

  119. Sister Helen Prejean

    Author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States
  120. Post Graduate Public Interest Fellowships for 2Ls

  121. Single Member Districts?: A Discussion on Austin’s November Ballot Referendum

  122. Lecture on Human Trafficking by Robert Moossy

    Robert Moossy, acting section chief, Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, addresses federal initiatives, national policy, and best practices to end human trafficking.
  123. Introduction to Public Sector Debt Management: A Primer for 1Ls

  124. Ice Cream Social: Celebration of Service ’12

  125. “Hot Coffee” movie screening

    A Sundance documentary film about the McDonald’s hot coffee case, Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants, and its aftermath.
  126. Public Service Debt Management: Working Session for 3Ls ’12

  127. Scott McCown: The 2012 School Finance Litigation and Impact on Educational Equity in Texas

  128. Texas Law LRAP Informational Session ’12

  129. Lynching and the Death Penalty Conference with keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson2b_032312DSC_6937adj1970HR032312DSC_7012adj1979HR

    A conference exploring the historical link between lynching and the death penalty, and the enduring role of lynching and race discrimination in contemporary capital litigation.
  130. Expanding Fair Housing Opportunities for Low-Income Families with Betsy JulianDSC_6652

  131. “School Discipline: A Pathway to the Juvenile Justice System or an Opportunity for Effective Intervention?”

  132. Cutting Edge Issues in Immigration Law: State Anti-Immigrant Statutes and Litigation Panel

  133. “Lives in the Law,” Charles E. Di Leva, Chief Counsel, Climate Cange Sustainable Development and International Law, World Bank

    Di Leva will speak about international environmental law, the role of a lawyer at the World Bank, and his work on sustainable development and climate change.
  134. Barriers and Innovations in Civil Rights Litigation Since 9/11: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives

    A conference examining competing trends in the arena of civil rights damages litigation in the ten years since the attacks of 9/11.
  135. Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert, Public Service Loan Forgiveness

  136. “Lives in the Law,” Karen Lash, Senior Counsel for Access to Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

    Lash will speak about the Obama Administration’s Access to Justice Initiative and her work at the federal level to close the justice gap.
  137. “Crime After Crime” movie screening

    A film documenting “the dramatic legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter-century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her.”
  138. Housing + Transit: Connecting Affordable Homes to Transit-Oriented Development in the Austin Region

    A conference addressing strategies to link housing and transportation, ensuring equal access to both for people of all income levels.
  139. “Champions of Change” Watch Party

    Video streaming conversation from the White House with Attorney General Eric Holder.
  140. Creating Pathways to Engaging Youth

    A one-day conference on supporting court-involved youth and students at risk of dropping out of school.
  141. Post Graduate Public Interest Fellowships for 2Ls ’11

  142. “INCENDIARY” movie screening

    Talk with director Joe Bailey, '08, and Capital Punishment Clinic faculty Jim Marcus and Maurie Levin.
  143. Introduction to Public Sector Debt Management: A Primer for 1Ls ’11