Change It Up! 2018

Location: Jamail Pavilion and Eidman Courtroom



12:00-1:10 Check in and lunch – Jamail Pavilion
Optional lunches with returning students starting at 12:00; students who get out of class at 12:57 will have time for a very quick lunch in the Jamail Pavilion.
1:20 Welcome and Keynote – Eidman Courtroom

  • Welcome
    Marissa Balonon-Rosen, 3L
    Dean Ward Farnsworth
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker
    Laura Tucker, 2L
  • Keynote
    Blake Strode, Executive Director, Arch City Defenders, St. Louis, MO
2:20 Break
2:30  Paths and Models – Eidman Courtroom
Recent alumni who work in various fields will discuss their paths through law school and explore how lawyers across sectors of practice (non-profit, government, firms) participate in social change lawyering.

  • Introduction – Nat Fine, 2L
  • Moderator: Lawson Konvalinka, Career Counselor, Career Services Office
  • Panelists:
    • Chris Larson, ’15, Staff Attorney, Employment Practice Team Lead, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Dallas
    • Erika López, ’17, Assistant City Attorney, City of Austin, Austin
    • Briana Perez, ’17, Fellow, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), San Antonio
    • Lochlin Rosen, ’17, Assistant Public Defender, Colorado State Public Defender, Denver
    • Claire Vaho, ’16, Law office of Claire Vaho, Austin


  • Natalie Neill, 2L
  • Eden Harrington, Associate Dean for Experiential Education; Director, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law
3:30 Networking Reception – Jamail Pavilion
Join returning students, alumni, faculty and staff for snacks and conversation.
4:15 – ? Student Happy Hour (location TBA)

Additional Conference Information:


Register by 5pm on Friday, August 31 at

Contact Information:

Rachel Sidopulos (Center Administrator/Event Organizer) / (512)232-6277

Cosponosored by:
Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights, Budd Innocence Center, Capital Punishment Center, and the Career Services Office

Event series: Lecture, Panel Discussion