Change It Up! 2023: Texas Law’s Public Interest Orientation

Location: Susman Godfrey Atrium & Eidman Courtroom

Started by students in 2013, Change It Up! is Texas Law’s annual public-interest orientation. Our Friday afternoon program gives us a chance to welcome law students into the social justice community at the law school, and to strengthen our networks and resources among public-interest students, organizations, faculty, staff, alumni, and local attorneys.

CIU 2023! will begin with formal remarks, followed by lunch and conversation at subject-specific tables, a panel featuring recent graduates who practice public interest law, and opportunities to connect with like-minded students, faculty, staff and attorneys. The formal program at the law school will be followed by a student-organized happy hour off campus. Check-in starts at 12:45pm. Everyone is asked to be seated for lunch by 1:10pm.


Space limited. Email to reserve a spot.


12:45-1:10 Check in – Susman Godfrey Atrium

Check in to get a name tag and locate your assigned tables. Please come early if you can. Chat with friends while you wait. The program will start promptly at 1:10.

1:10- 2:40 Lunch Program – Susman Godfrey Atrium

Lunch will be organized around subject-specific tables, which will give students the opportunity to meet faculty, students, and attorneys involved in different public interest fields. Participants will have the opportunity to indicate their table topic preferences when they register for the event. They will be assigned to a specific table for lunch and will move to a second assigned table for dessert.

Click here for a list of table topics. This list will include the names of the faculty, students and attorneys hosting the tables a few days before the event.

The lunch program will also include the following:

  • Welcome: Nicole Simmons, Director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law
  • Remarks: Robert Chesney, Dean, University of Texas School of Law
  • Table Transition: Meg Solley, ’25
  • Closing: Joe O’Neil, ’25
2:50 – 4:00














Alumni Panel – Eidman Courtroom
Recent graduates across a range of fields will discuss their paths through law school and how they participate in social change lawyering as attorneys. 

  • Introduction: Clara Altfeld, ’25
  • Moderator: Rhiannon Hamam, ’16, Supervising Attorney, Mithoff Pro Bono Program, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law
  • Panelists:
    • Jill Applegate, ’21, Skadden Fellow, Immigration Defense Team, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, New York City
    • Alyssa Gordon, ’22, Borchard Fellow in Law & Aging, National Prison Project, ACLU, Washington, D.C.
    • Noorulanne Jan, ’21, Associate Attorney, Earthjustice, Seattle
    • Blue Ware, ’22, Staff Attorney, Travis County Public Defender’s Office, Austin


  • Gwynn Marotta, ’25
TBD Off-campus Student Happy Hour

Contact Information:

Liza Soria (Center Coordinator/Event Organizer) 


Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights, Budd Innocence Center, Capital Punishment Center, Career Services Office

Student organization co-sponsors:

American Constitution Society, Environmental Law Society, If/When/How, Gender Violence Law Caucus, GRITS, Law Students for Black Lives, Plaintiff Advocacy Litigation Society, Public Interest Law Association

Event series: Conference, Panel Discussion