William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

“That they may truly and impartially administer justice”


University of Texas School of Law
September 7, 2013
2-5 p.m.


1:30 – 2:00

Event Check-in – Jamail Pavilion

2:00 – 2:10

Welcome and Introduction – Eidman Courtroom

  • Eden Harrington, Associate Dean for Experiential Education, Director, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, Texas Law

Change It Up! Goals:

  • Kali Cohn, 3L, Texas Law

2:10 – 2:30  

What Is Lawyering for Social Change – Eidman Courtroom

  • Ranjana Natarajan, Clinical Professor, Director, Civil Rights Clinic, Texas Law


  • Gary Bledsoe, President, Texas NAACP

2:30 – 2:45

Ice-Breaker – Eidman Courtroom

  • Tina Fernandez, Director, Pro Bono Programs, Texas Law

2:45 – 3:45  

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. 

Immigration – Room TNH 2.123

  • 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 – Room TNH 2.124

  • 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

3:45 – 4:15 

Table Introductions and Refreshments – Jamail Pavilion

4:15 – 4:45   

Keynote Speaker and Seated Reception – Jamail Pavilion

  • Jeana Lungwitz, Clinical Professor, Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, Texas Law

Keynote Speaker:

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

4:45 – 5:00 

Call to Action – Jamail Pavilion
Students will discuss ways law students get involved in lawyering for social change opportunities at Texas Law and beyond.

  • Brian Quillen, 3L, Texas Law
  • David Fisher, 2L, Texas Law

Closing Remarks  

  • Cat McCulloch, 3L, Texas Law

5:00 - ??

Student Happy Hour immediately to follow at the Hole in the Wall
2538 Guadalupe Austin TX 78705

John Myers (Center Administrator/Event Organizer)
jmyers@law.utexas.edu / (512)232-6277

Rachel Sidopulos (Center Administrator/Event Organizer)
rsidopulos@law.utexas.edu / (512)232-6277

Andrew Hill (Center Administrator)
ahill@law.utexas.edu / (512)232-1989


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