Upcoming 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 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. The Justice Center and Student Bar Association's annual awards ceremony and ice cream social recognizing exemplary Texas Law students, recent alumni and teachers.
  3. Allen will discuss his cutting edge firm practice and how he transitioned from the nonprofit to the for-profit sector, and then meet with students individually in the CSO suite
  4. Address by Michael Allen, G. Rollie White Scholar in Residence
  5. Peter Blanck, chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, discusses the American Bar Association's nationwide longitudinal study of biases encountered by disabled and LGBT+ lawyers in the legal profession
  6. Join us for a screening and discussion of the documentary "UNTOUCHABLE: America's Crusade Against Sex Offenders"
  7. Leveraging Local Policymaking to Protect Texas Immigrants
  8. Meet Justice Center and Pro Bono Program staff and students; learn about our programming, summer fellowships, scholarships, and other resources
  9. Public Service Loan Forgiveness in Five Easy Steps
  10. Advocating for Children in the Texas Foster Care System: Substantive Due Process and the Right to Healthy Childhood Development
  11. Author James Forman Jr. reflects on his book "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America"
  12. A Talk by Stephen Bright, Former Director, Southern Center for Human Rights
  13. 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
  14. Join state and national experts in a discussion on Hurricane Harvey and strategies for rebuilding communities that are more resilient and equitable.
  15. 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.
  16. GRITS is a student-run public interest law conference that focuses on the difficulties and constraints inherent to social justice work in the South
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Appellate oral advocacy training presented by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  20. The Justice Center and Student Bar Association's annual awards ceremony and ice cream social recognizing exemplary Texas Law students, recent alumni and teachers.
  21. 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.
  22. An educational program for local students initiated by the National Association of Women Judges
  23. John Dacey, Arizona attorney and founder of Abolish Private Prisons
  24. 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
  25. Celebrate International Women's Day with a screening of the PBS documentary "The Women's List"
  26. 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”
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Featuring "Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment" by Jordan Steiker and Carol Steiker
  30. 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
  31. 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.
  32. Public Service Loan Forgiveness in Five Easy Steps
  33. 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
  34. "Beyond Bathroom Backlash: The Battle for Transgender Equality"
  35. An event exploring innovative work in New Orleans and elsewhere to reduce barriers and increase housing access for individuals with criminal histories
  36. 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
  37. 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.
  38. GRITS is a student-run public interest law conference that focuses on the difficulties and constraints inherent to social justice work in the South
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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
  45. 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.
  46. The Justice Center and Student Bar Association's annual awards ceremony and ice cream social recognizing exemplary Texas Law students, recent alumni and teachers.
  47. Immigration attorney Rachel Tiven will speak on “Personal Pride and Overcoming Prejudice: What Can the LGBT and Immigrant Rights Movements Teach Each Other?”
  48. 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.
  49. 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.”
  50. Civil rights attorney Michael Allen will speak on "Dismantling Segregation: Increasing Opportunity Through Fair Housing."
  51. GRITS is a student-run public interest law conference that focuses on the difficulties and constraints inherent to social justice work in the South.
  52. 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.
  53. The Justice Center and Student Bar Association's annual awards ceremony and ice cream social recognizing exemplary Texas Law students, recent alumni and teachers.
  54. Battling for Immigrants' Rights: Litigation, Advocacy, and Government Service
  55. Dale Ho on voter suppression at the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and his life in the law.
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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.
  58. Speaker:
    Author of "Law of the Jungle" speaks on environmental litigation against Chevron.
  59. Texas Law joins National Pro Bono Celebration, the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service's annual national spotlight on pro bono
  60. An Examination of Major Litigation and Advocacy Efforts From the 1980s to the Present
  61. An introduction for incoming students to lawyering for social change in Austin and beyond.
  62. The Justice Center and Student Bar Association's annual awards ceremony and ice cream social recognizing exemplary Texas Law students, recent alumni and teachers.
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  64. 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.
  65. Speaker:
    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.
  66. Civil rights attorney Vincent Warren will speak about CCR's New York City stop-and-frisk case.
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  68. 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.
  69. An introduction for incoming students to lawyering for social change in Austin and beyond.
  70. An educational program for local students initiated by the National Association of Women Judges
  71. A conference examining the law as a tool to close the educational achievement gap, with a special focus on Texas.
  72. The Justice Center and Student Bar Association's annual awards ceremony and ice cream social recognizing exemplary Texas Law students, recent alumni and teachers.
  73. 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.
  74. Gupta will speak about criminal justice reform and the fight to end over-incarceration.
  75. "Protecting the Elderly in Texas"
  76. "How Change Happens: The Fight for Elder Justice in the U.S."
  77. Herndon will speak about her work using legal advocacy, research, and collaboration to improve opportunities for girls and women.
  78. A talk by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark
  79. Community Development Clinic presentation and panel discussion
  80. Featuring Professors Fishkin, Forbath, Steiker and Torres
  81. Author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States
  82. 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.
  83. A Sundance documentary film about the McDonald’s hot coffee case, Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants, and its aftermath.
  84. 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.
  85. 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.
  86. A conference examining competing trends in the arena of civil rights damages litigation in the ten years since the attacks of 9/11.
  87. Lash will speak about the Obama Administration’s Access to Justice Initiative and her work at the federal level to close the justice gap.
  88. 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.”
  89. A conference addressing strategies to link housing and transportation, ensuring equal access to both for people of all income levels.
  90. Video streaming conversation from the White House with Attorney General Eric Holder.
  91. A one-day conference on supporting court-involved youth and students at risk of dropping out of school.
  92. Talk with director Joe Bailey, '08, and Capital Punishment Clinic faculty Jim Marcus and Maurie Levin.
  93. 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