The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

“That they may truly and impartially administer justice”

2010–2011 Programs

Ryan Robinson, City of Austin Demographer, speaking on Austin's changing demographics following the 2010 census

The Justice Center promotes equal justice through lectures, conferences, community service and pro bono projects, clinical courses, and other events focused on public interest law. These programs bring together the law school community, judges, attorneys, and others working to increase access to justice.

In 2010–2011, the Justice Center sponsored:

 

Conferences, Lectures and Presentations:

  • Introduction to Public Sector Debt Management:  A Primer for 1Ls, Sept. 21, '10, 11:30 am -12:30 pm, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Postgraduate Public Interest Fellowships for 2Ls: What You Should be Doing Now, Oct. 11, ‘10,  12:30 - 1:30 pm, Fleming Room (in George’s Cafe), pizza provided, co-sponsored with the Public Interest Law Association (handout)
  • Race, Place and Fair Housing in Texas: A Statewide Conference at the University of Texas School of Law, Oct. 15, '10, 8 am - 4:45 pm, co-presented with the Community Development Clinic (press release)
  • "Redistricting - Looking Ahead to the Next Legislative Session," Faculty Roundtable with Steve Bickerstaff, Oct. 26, '10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Sheffield Room
  • “Unbillable Hours” Book Talk with Author Ian Graham, Oct. 27, ’10, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm, TNH 2.124, lunch provided, in celebration of National Pro Bono Week, co-sponsored by the Actual Innocence Clinic, American Journal of Criminal Law, and Criminal Law Association (website, flyer, press release)
  • “Mario’s Story” Movie Screening, Oct. 27, ’10, 5:15 - 8 pm, Auditorium, pizza at 5:15 pm, movie screening at 5:30 pm, in celebration of National Pro Bono Week, co-sponsored by the Actual Innocence Clinic, American Journal of Criminal Law, and Criminal Law Association (website, flyer, press release)
  • “Lives in the Law,” Pamela M. Brown, Director of the Bi-National Project on Family Violence, an initiative of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Nov. 8, '10, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm, Sheffield Room, presented with the Career Services Office, co-sponsored by Domestic Violence Survivor Support Network, the International Law Society of Texas, and the Public Interest Law Association (flyer, press release, audio)
  • Author Robert Perkinson on “Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire,” Nov. 22, '10, 3 - 4 pm, Sheffield Room, co-presented with the Institute for Historical Studies, and cosponsored by the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, the Department of American Studies, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, the Department of History, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, the American Journal of Criminal Law, the Criminal Law Association, and the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society ( flyer, press release, UT Know Story, audio)

Exonerees Christopher Scott and Claude Simmons with Dorothy Budd, author of “Tested: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held Onto Hope”

  • “Establishing Expertise as an Ethical Expert Witness – Experts and Lawyers Collaborating to Help Victims,” a training for attorneys, domestic violence service providers and professionals interested in serving as expert witnesses in domestic violence cases, Jan. 9-11, ’11, Eidman Courtroom, registration required, sponsored by the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence; UT Austin; the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the UT Austin School of Social Work; and UT Law
  • “Lives in the Law,” Jonathan Rapping, Founder/CEO, Southern Public Defender Training Center, Feb. 14, ’11, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm, Sheffield Room, presented with the Career Services Office, co-sponsored by the American Journal of Criminal Law, Criminal Law Association, Public Interest Law Association, Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, Thurgood Marshall Legal Society (flyer, press release, video)
  • Author Dorothy Budd talks about her book “Tested: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held Onto Hope,” Feb. 22, ‘11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Eidman Courtroom, with Christopher Scott, an exonerated prisoner profiled in the book, co-presented with the Actual Innocence Clinic, cosponsored by the UT School of Journalism (press release, article)
  • Building Your Financial House, a three part series on financing careers in public interest and government, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office:
    Debt Management for Careers in Public Interest Law and Government, Feb. 23, ’11, 11:30 am -12:20 pm, Eidman Courtroom
    Building Your Financial House, Mar. 9, ’11, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm, TNH 3.126
    Planning for Financial Freedom: Working Session, Mar. 23, ’11, 12:30 -1:30 pm, JON 5.206
  • David Hall, Executive Director, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, on the current outlook for funding for legal services, Mar. 22, ’11, 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Goodwin Conference Room
  • Boutique Firms with Public Interest Mission, Mar. 30, ’11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Jury Room
  • Ryan Robinson, the City of Austin Demographer, will present his analysis of the latest U.S. Census data for Austin and what it means for historically disadvantaged groups in the region, Apr. 14, '11, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Sheffield Room, Co-sponsored by UT Opportunity Forum, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School, Center for Sustainable Development at the School of Architecture (press release, Presentation (11 MB PDF))

 

 

Armando Garza, Development Director for Proyecto Azteca, takes UT Law students on a tour of a colonia in San Juan, TX

Community Service/Pro Bono Education:

  • Public Service Initiative for First Year Students (orientation speaker, special classes on access to justice issues, and service projects), Fall ’10
  • Pro Bono Winter Break Trip, UT Law students and professors traveled to the Rio Grande valley to volunteer with organizations addressing the legal needs of low-income people in the area, Jan. ‘11 (flyer, press release)

Curriculum:

Public Service Recognition:

  • Reception for students and faculty to highlight public interest activities at the Law School, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office, Fall ’10
  • Justice Center Reception and Amy's Ice Cream Social Celebrating Student Achievement in Service, Apr. 25, ‘11, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Sheffield Room

Equal Justice Scholars

(l-r) Erin Gaines, '13; Lawson Konvalinka, '11; Jordan Pollock, '12

Scholarships and Fellowships: