The Fight for Environmental and Climate Justice in Texas and Beyond: A Conversation with Frontline Community Advocates

Location: Eidman Courtroom followed by lunch in the Jamail Pavilion

Join Patrice Simms, Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities at Earthjustice, Co-founder of People over Plastic, and Visiting Professor at Harvard Law, for a panel discussion with community advocates, with a focus on issues at the intersection of environment, climate, and racial and social justice.

Learn from Simms and an amazing group of advocates what community-based advocacy looks like, why it matters, and what it can accomplish. And hear about some of the biggest challenges that communities are facing, the great work they are doing, and how lawyers can partner with communities to amplify their power.


  • Tricia Cortez, Executive Director, Rio Grande International Study Center, Laredo, TX
  • Mary Black, environmental liberation advocate/organizer; founder, Radical Futurist Lab; Digital Media Strategist, People over Plastic; Council Member, Raleigh City Council, Raleigh, NC
  • Alexia Leclercq, environmental justice organizer; co-founder, Start: Empowerment; Policy Director, PODER, Austin, TX

About Patrice Simms and his visit to Texas Law as the Justice Center’s eleventh G. Rollie White Public Interest Scholar in Residence. Information about the panelists.

Panel discussion in the Eidman Courtroom, 11:45-1:00 pm, with lunch available in the Jamail Pavilion immediately following. Simms and the panelists will be available for conversation over lunch from 1-1:30pm.

Open to the public. Please RSVP for lunch.

Contact Information:

Liza Soria (Center Coordinator/Event Organizer) 

Cosponsors: Environmental Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic

Student organization cosponsors: Chicano/Hispanic/Latino Law Students Association; Environmental Law Society; Law Students for Black Lives; Public Interest Law Association; Texas Environmental Law Journal; Thurgood Marshall Legal Society

Event series: G. Rollie White Scholar in Residence