Rebecca Robertson, the Legal & Policy Director of the ACLU of Texas, visited the law school November 1st as the Fall 2016 Lives in the Law speaker. She gave a formal talk, entitled “Beyond Bathroom Backlash: The Battle for Transgender Equality,” in the Eidman Courtroom and then met with students informally over lunch to discuss her life and career. She also met with students individually in the Career Service Office and visited the Civil Rights Clinic.
Robertson leads the ACLU’s legal, legislative, and field teams in Texas and defends the liberty of ACLU clients in high impact litigation in state and federal courts around Texas. She joined the ACLU after a 15-year career as a commercial litigator at Baker Botts, LLP, where she served as co-chair of the firm’s securities litigation practice group. While at Baker Botts, she led the amicus team working on the landmark civil rights case challenging the Texas sodomy law, Texas v. Lawrence. She is a graduate of the Harvard Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and Rice University, where she received her B.A. magna cum laude.
The “Lives in the Law” speaker series focuses on the work and lives of lawyers who strive to improve the lives of others through litigation, advocacy and public service. It is hosted by the Career Services and the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law.