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News Archive – 2014

UT Opportunity Forum Presents — Fair Chance Hiring: Reducing Criminal Record Barriers to Employment

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November 14, 2014
Fair Chance Hiring: Reducing Criminal Record Barriers to Employment
CLE Credit Hours: 2.5

An estimated 12 million individuals have a criminal record in Texas. Nationally, the number is over 77 million – nearly 1 in every 3 American adults. Many negative consequences flow from a criminal history, creating potentially lifelong barriers to housing, employment, government benefits, educational opportunity, and other resources necessary for building a stable and productive life. Come hear Maurice Emsellem, Program Director at the National Employment Law Project, and David Kirk, sociology professor at The University of Texas at Austin, speak on the significant role criminal records play in creating barriers to employment and the risks that come with a lack of meaningful employment opportunity. The opening presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts to consider the implications for Texas and strategies being used at state and local levels to address the crisis.

Registration: Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.  Online event registration is available at:  https://fair-chance-hiring-reducing-criminal-recordbarrier.eventbrite.com

PRESENTERS
William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law
Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable
UT Opportunity Forum

TEXAS LAW STUDENT ORGANIZATION SPONSORS
American Constitution Society
Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association
Humans Rights Law Society
Public Interest Law Association
American Journal on Criminal Law
Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights

EVENT DETAILS
November 14, 2014
1:00pm-4:00pm
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Eidman Courtroom, Room CCJ 2.306
727 E. Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law Presents — Advancing Homeownership After the Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges in Texas

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November 4, 2014
Advancing Homeownership After the Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges in Texas

Come hear Julia Gordon, Director of Housing Finance and Policy at the Center for American Progress, speak on stabilizing the housing market and the future of housing finance, with an emphasis on Texas. In her role at CAP, and before that at the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Center for Responsible Lending, Ms. Gordon has worked on a broad range of housing finance issues, including foreclosure prevention, predatory lending, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and consumer financial protection. For more information about Julia Gordon and CAP, see http://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/gordon-julia/bio/.

Registration: Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.  Online event registration is available at:  https://advancing-homeownership-after-the-crisis.eventbrite.com

Event Co-Sponsor:  UT Opportunity Forum

To learn more about the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, visit our website.

EVENT DETAILS
November 4, 2014
11:45am-12:45pm
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Eidman Courtroom, Room CCJ 2.306
727 E. Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705

UT Opportunity Forum and HousingWorks Austin Present HOUSING + TRANSIT: Getting on Track in Austin

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April 4, 2014
HOUSING + TRANSIT: Getting on Track in Austin

ABOUT THE EVENT
Join us for a timely forum on linking transit and affordable housing policies in our region to build sustainable, inclusive communities. As Austin prepares for a November bond referendum on a new high-capacity transit investment, we will explore why Austin needs to link its plans for transit with affordable housing. Come learn from national and local experts about the tools available to get transit and affordable housing on track together.

Participate in the convesation about HOUSING + TRANSIT using #HTATX

REGISTRATION: Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Online event registration is available at http://housingplustransit.eventbrite.com
Registration is full, but we are keeping a waiting list.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Shelley Poticha
Director, Urban Solutions Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

About Shelley
Shelley Poticha is a national leader in linking transportation, housing, and land use policies to create more sustainable and equitable communities. Prior to joining NRDC, Shelley served as the first director of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she led the initiative to transform the federal New Starts transit program to improve housing affordability and build inclusive communities along transit corridors. Shelley is the former President and CEO of Reconnecting America and former Executive Director of the Congress for New Urbanism.

PROGRAM
8:00 am      Sign In and Light Breakfast

8:15        Welcome Remarks
Heather Way
Director | Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
UT School of Law

8:30        Framing the Issue
Dr. Elizabeth Mueller
Associate Professor | Community and Regional Planning

8:50        Keynote Address
Shelley Poticha
Director | Urban Solutions Program
Natural Resources Defense Council

9:45        Break

10:00     Panel Discussion
John-Michael Cortez
Community Involvement Manager | Capital Metro

Mandy DeMayo
Executive Director | HousingWorks Austin

Kyle Keahey
Vice President | HNTB Corp.

Garner Stoll
Former Assistant Director | Neighborhood Planning & Zoning
City of Austin

11:30    Audience Q&A with Panelists

12:00     Close

EVENT CO-SPONSORS
Center for Sustainable Development
LBJ School Center for Politics and Governance
Center for Politics and Governance
Liveable City
Congress for the New Urbanism Central Texas Chapter
Imagine Austin, City of Austin
Capital Metro
Austin Board of REALTORS®

EVENT DETAILS
April 4, 2014
8:00am-12:00pm
The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Bass Lecture Hall, Room 2.104
2313 Red River St.