William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

“That they may truly and impartially administer justice”



Thursday, April 15, 3:30 - 5:30pm
The Arc of Justice - The Legacy of Judge William Wayne Justice and the Role of Lawyers in Social Reform
Eidman Courtroom, University of Texas School of Law

The public is invited to attend an event exploring Judge Justice’s legal legacy.  The program will begin with comments by Texas Law Professor Lucas A. (“Scot”) Powe Jr., a noted legal historian, placing Judge Justice’s work in historical perspective.  In addition, four legal experts, each with a professional connection to Judge Justice, will examine several of his major cases, including the social problem at issue, the litigation, and what the litigation achieved.

Panelists Include:

  • Michele Deitch, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and Texas Law, on Ruiz v. Estelle (prison reform)
  • Lucas Guttentag, Yale Law School and the Immigrants’ Rights Project of the ACLU, on Plyler v. Doe (immigrants' rights)
  • Elizabeth K. ("Betsy") Julian, '73, Inclusive Communities Project, on Young v. Pierce (public housing desegregation)
  • Marianne ("Mimi") Wesson, '73, University of Colorado School of Law, on Morales v. Turman (juvenile justice)
  • Moderated by: Lynn Blais, Texas Law

Friday, April 16, 4:00 - 6:00pm
Cenotaph Dedication and Reception
Texas State Cemetery

The public is invited to attend a ceremony dedicating a cenotaph at the Texas State Cemetery in Judge Justice's honor. Texas Law School Dean Larry Sager and the Law School?s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law will host a reception at the State Cemetery immediately after the ceremony. All ceremony attendees are welcome to attend. Please join the family and friends of Judge Justice in recognizing his significant contributions to Texas history.


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