William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

“That they may truly and impartially administer justice”

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A conference at
The University of Texas School of Law
Friday, April 5, 2013

About the conference:

This conference will examine on the law as a tool to close the educational achievement gap, with a special focus on Texas. Closing the achievement gap requires a multi-faceted approach that addresses issues at the community, school, and policy levels. Aimed at education reformers, lawyers, educators, policy makers, scholars, and students, this conference will explore ongoing law-related efforts to close the achievement gap as well as possible future initiatives. Morning panels will address education reform efforts through government and legislative action and litigation. The lunchtime keynote will be followed by an afternoon panel for students and young lawyers on building a legal career focused on addressing the achievement gap. The conference will conclude with an informal reception.

Keynote speaker:

John Jackson, President & CEO, The Schott Foundation for Public Education, Cambridge, MA

Panelists include:

  • David Anderson, General Counsel, Texas Education Agency, Austin, TX
  • Patricia Arthur, Youth Justice Strategist, Berkeley, CA
  • Deborah Fowler, Deputy Director, Texas Appleseed, Austin, TX
  • Rick Gray, Senior Partner, Gray & Becker, P.C., Austin, TX
  • David Hinojosa, Regional Counsel, MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, San Antonio, TX
  • Sandy Kress, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump, Austin, TX
  • Scott McCown, Executive Director, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Austin, TX
  • Denise Pierce, General Counsel, Texas Charter Schools Association, Austin, TX
  • Paul Weckstein, Co-Director, Center for Law and Education, Washington, D.C.

Additional conference information:

Conference registration and general contact:

The conference is free, but space is limited. To register for the conference and for additional information, contact Rachel Sidopulos, Center Administrator, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, at rsidopulos@law.utexas.edu, (512) 232-6277(phone).


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Student Organization Co-Sponsors:
American Constitution Society University of Texas Chapter Thurgood Marshall Legal Society
Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association Youth Court
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