William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

“That they may truly and impartially administer justice”



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University of Texas School of Law
Friday, February 3, 2012




Conference Program and Schedule:

8:15 Continental Breakfast - Jamail Pavilion
8:45-9:00 Welcome - Eidman Courtroom
  Stephanie Lindquist - Interim Dean, University of Texas School of Law
9:00-10:30 Session 1: Immunity Doctrine - Eidman Courtroom
Panelists will discuss trends in absolute, qualified, and governmental immunity, and implications for litigation and law reform strategy, through lens of recent decisions and litigation in criminal justice, immigration, and national security including Pearson v. Callahan, Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd, and Connick v. Thompson.
  • Lee Gelernt – Deputy Director, ACLU National
    Immigrant Rights Project
  • Rachel Meeropol – Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Alexander Reinert – Associate Professor of Law,
    Cardozo Law School
  • Moderator: Jennifer Laurin – Assistant Professor,
    University of Texas School of Law
Welcome and Session 1 video
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 Session 2: Bivens Litigation - Eidman Courtroom
Panelists will discuss trends and strategies concerning Bivens litigation – including national security related special-factors doctrines, and adequacy of alternative remedies – as reflected in recent cases including Minneci v. Pollard and Texas immigration detention litigation.
  • Javier Maldonado – Law Office of Javier N.
    Maldonado, PC
  • John Preis – Associate Professor of Law, Richmond
    Law School
  • Stephen Vladeck – Professor of Law, American
    University Washington College of Law
  • Moderator: Lisa Graybill – Legal Director, ACLU
    of Texas
Session 2 video
12:15-1:30 Keynote Speaker and Lunch - Susman Godfrey Atrium
Keynote speech by Susan Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union, chaired professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, and author of the recently published Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy
Keynote Audio
1:45-3:15 Session 3: Litigating in the Shadow of Secrets - Eidman Courtroom
Panelists will discuss trends and strategies concerning freedom of information act and open records litigation, law enforcement privilege and state secret doctrines, and other informational barriers posed by law enforcement and national security concerns to civil rights litigation.
  • Sharon Bradford Franklin – Senior Counsel,
    Constitution Project
  • Jim Harrington – Director, Texas Civil Rights Project
  • Seth Kreimer – Professor of Law, University of
    Pennsylvania Law School
  • Moderator: Ranjana Natarajan – Clinical Professor,
    Director, National Security Clinic, University of Texas School of Law
Session 3 video
3:15-4:00 Networking Reception - Jamail Pavilion


Continuing Legal Education

The State Bar of Texas has accredited this conference for 5.75 hours of CLE credit. With advance notice lawyers from other jurisdictions will receive a uniform certificate of attendance.

Conference registration and general contact:

The conference is free, but space is limited. To register for the conference and for additional information, contact Rachel Sidopulos, Center Administrator, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, at rsidopulos@law.utexas.edu, (512) 232-6277(phone). The registration deadline is January 27, 2012.


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