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Change It Up! 2021

Location: Francis Auditorium (TNH 2.114) and Susman Godfrey Atrium (2.100)

Join us for an event for new and returning students exploring lawyering for social change, including an inspiring keynote, a panel featuring recent graduates and clinical professors, 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 – Outside the Francis Auditorium
Optional small group lunches with returning students starting at 12:30.
1:30 Welcome and Keynote – Francis Auditorium

  • Welcome: Jamie McClintock ’23, Sally Vandenberg ’23
  • Eden Harrington, Associate Dean for Experiential Education; Director, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Luke Freedman ’23
  • Keynote: Mimi Marziani, President & CEO, Texas Civil Rights Project, Austin
2:30 Break
2:45 Clinical Faculty/Alumni Panel – Francis Auditorium
Clinical faculty members across a range of fields will briefly describe their backgrounds and clinics. Each faculty member will be paired with a recent graduate who worked closely with them as a student. The graduates will discuss their paths through law school and how they participate in social change lawyering as attorneys.

  • Introduction: Zach Oshin ’23
  • Moderator: Mary Crouter, Clinical Professor; Assistant Director, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law
  • Panelists:
    • Criminal Defense:
      • Katy Dyer, Clinical Professor, Criminal Defense Clinic
      • Rhiannon Hamam ’16, Attorney, Travis County Public Defender, Austin
    • Environment:
      • Kelly Haragan, Clinical Professor, Director, Environmental Law Clinic
      • Erin Gaines ’13, Senior Attorney, Earthjustice, Austin
    • Immigration:
      • Elissa Steglich, Clinical Professor, Co-Director, Immigration Clinic
      • Eddie Flores ’16, Staff Attorney, Catholic Charities of Central Texas, Austin

Closing Remarks

  • John Conover ’23
4:00 Reception – Susman Godfrey Atrium
Join returning students, alumni, faculty and staff for refreshments and conversation, starting with subject specific table talks with faculty members, segueing into a festive, post-quarantine reunion.

Additional Event Information:


Register by 5pm on Friday, September 3 at

Contact Information:

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

About the Keynote Speaker:

Mimi Marziani is the President of the Texas Civil Rights Project. She has an extensive background in civil rights advocacy and nonprofit management, as well as expertise in election law. She previously directed voting rights programs for multiple political campaigns and committees. In 2014, she led the first coordinated, statewide voter protection program for progressive candidates and groups in Texas.

Before moving to Texas, Ms. Marziani spent several years as Counsel for the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she litigated election law cases in federal courts across the country, including before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. Marziani teaches “Election Law and Policy” at the University of Texas School of Law and serves on the NYU Board of Trustees. She graduated cum laude from NYU School of Law, and received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.

Event series: Conference, Lecture, Panel Discussion