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Change It Up: Lawyering for Social Change

What Is Lawyering for Social Change:

  • Gary Bledsoe, President, Texas NAACP

Concurrent Break-outs: Models of Lawyering for Social Change

Students will hear from lawyers who work for social change/social justice in one of two issue areas – immigration and the school-to-prison pipeline. Both panels will consider the same general questions, such as how lawyers use various advocacy strategies separately and together and how lawyers from different sectors (non-profit, government, private practice) participate in social change lawyering and advocacy strategies. Students may attend either of the two panels.


  • Luis Figueroa, General Counsel, Office of Texas Senator Sylvia R. Garcia
  • Barbara Hines, Clinical Professor, Co-Director, Immigration Clinic, Texas Law, moderator
  • Stephanie Kolmar, Staff Attorney, American Gateways
  • Javier Maldonado, Law Office of Javier Maldonado, PC

School-to-Prison Pipeline

  • Meg Clifford, Fellow, School-to-Prison Pipeline Project, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, Texas Law, moderator
  • Deborah Fowler, Deputy Director, Texas Appleseed
  • Brian McGiverin, Prisoners’ Rights Attorney, Texas Civil Rights Project
  • Hon. John R. Vasquez, Judge, City of Austin Municipal Court

Keynote Speaker:

  • Sarah Buel, Clinical Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University


Hosted with the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, the Capital Punishment Center, the American Constitution Society, Austin Lawyers Guild, Board of Advocates, Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association, Environmental Law Society, Health Law and Bioethics Society, Human Rights Law Society, OUTLaw, Public Interest Law Association, Street Law, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, Texas Law Fellowships, Texas Law Review, Texas Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and Thurgood Marshall Legal Society and Women’s Law Caucus.

Event series: Conference