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Change It Up! 2019

Location: Jamail Pavilion & Eidman Courtroom

Join us for an event for new and returning students exploring lawyering for social change, including an inspiring keynote, an alumni panel, and opportunities to connect with like-minded students, faculty, staff and attorneys. Lunches will be available beginning at 12:30. Formal program begins at 1:30.


12:30-1:30 Check in and lunch – Jamail Pavilion
Optional lunches with returning students starting at 12:30.
1:30 Welcome and Keynote – Eidman Courtroom

  • Welcome: Nat Fine, 3L, and Anna Roberson, 3L
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Simon Lu, 2L
  • Keynote: Stephanie Rudolph, Supervising Attorney, NYC Commission on Human Rights
2:30 Break
2:40  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.

  • Dean’s Welcome: Dean Ward Farnsworth
  • Introduction: Madeleine Mashon, 3L
  • Moderator: Lawson Konvalinka, Career Counselor, Career Services Office
  • Panelists:
    • Diego Cervantes ’18, Immigration Attorney, Law Office of Karen Crawford, Austin, TX
    • Hensleigh Crowell ’16, Assistant Public Defender, Harris County Public Defender’s Office, Houston, TX
    • Marissa Latta ’18, Gallogly Family Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Austin, TX
    • Rosann Mariappuram ‘18, Executive Director, Jane’s Due Process, Austin, TX


  • Eden Harrington, Associate Dean for Experiential Education; Director, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law
  • David Giannaula, 2L, and Ryan Van Ells, 2L
3:45 Networking Reception – Jamail Pavilion
Join returning students, alumni, faculty and staff for cookies and conversation.
4:30 – ? Student Happy Hour – Haymaker, 2310 Manor Road

Cosponsored by the American Constitution Society at the University of Texas (ACS), Getting Radical In the South (GRITS), the Public Defense Group, and the Public Interest Law Association (PILA).

Additional Event Information:


Register by 5pm on Friday, August 30 at

Contact Information:

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

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

About the Keynote Speaker:

Stephanie Rudolph is the Director of the Source of Income Unit at the New York City Commission on Human Rights where she supervises a team of attorneys and advocates dedicated to enforcing the New York City human rights law. Her team intervenes when apartment brokers and/or owners refuse to rent to homeless families and individuals with housing subsidies provided by the government. Rudolph’s team also handles claims of housing discrimination related to race, disability, national origin, perceived citizenship status, and age.

Prior to joining the Commission, Rudolph represented tenants in affirmative litigation against neglectful and harassing landlords at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) and the Urban Justice Center. In group cases on behalf of up to 300 tenants in both state and federal court, she has compelled owners to restore basic services, cease unlawful discrimination, and remediate indoor toxins such as mold, lead, and asbestos.

Rudolph earn her B.A. from Haverford College and her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She began her legal career as a Skadden Fellow at NYLPI where she developed a “Healthy Homes” project aimed at remediating indoor toxins such as lead paint, asbestos, and asthma triggers.


Event series: Lecture, Panel Discussion