William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

“That they may truly and impartially administer justice”

The University of Texas School of Law
September 5, 2014
11:45 -4:40 p.m. (check-in Jamail Pavilion from 11:45-noon)

Register Now! Registration deadline midnight Tuesday, September 2, 2014

About the Event:
Incoming students are invited to attend this afternoon event, created to introduce students to lawyering for social change in Austin and beyond, connect students with like-minded students and attorneys, and inspire students to dedicate their careers to social change across the non-profit, government, and private sectors.

Keynote Speaker:

Photo Nina Perales
Keynote Speaker Nina Perales

Perales supervises MALDEF's legal staff and litigation docket throughout the United States. She is best known for her work in voting rights, including redistricting and vote dilution cases. Her litigation has included successful statewide redistricting cases in Texas and Arizona as well as LULAC v. Perry, the Latino challenge to Texas 2003 congressional redistricting, which she led through trial and argued successfully in the U.S. Supreme Court. She also specializes in immigrants' rights litigation, leading cases striking down anti-immigrant laws in Farmers Branch, Texas and recovering civil damages from vigilantes.

  • Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

Introductory Remarks:

  • Scott McCown, Clinical Professor, Director, Children’s Rights Clinic, Texas Law

Panelists Include:

  • Veronica Carbajal, Attorney, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
  • Kristen Etter, Partner, Sumpter & Gonzalez, LLP
  • Luis Figueroa, General Counsel, Office of Texas Senator Jose Rodriguez
  • Amelia Ruiz Fischer, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Texas Civil Rights Project
  • Denise Gilman, Clinical Professor, Co-Director, Immigration Clinic, Texas Law (moderator)
  • Kelly Haragan, Clinical Professor, Director, Environmental Law Clinic, Texas Law (moderator)
  • Ilan Levin, Associate Director, Environmental Integrity Project
  • Adrian Shelley, Executive Director, Air Alliance Houston

Additional Conference Information:


Register Now!:

Registration deadline midnight Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Contact Information:

Rachel Sidopulos (Center Administrator/Event Organizer)
rsidopulos@law.utexas.edu / (512)232-6277




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