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”

2012–2013 Programs

Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, speaks about her experiences counseling inmates on death row

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, attorneys, judges, and others working to increase access to justice.

In 2012–2013, the Justice Center sponsored:

Conferences, Lectures and Presentations:

  •  UT Opportunity Forum Lunch Discussion on Safe Homes, Sept. 13, '13, SRH 3.122. (flyer)
  • Introduction to Public Sector Debt Management: A Primer for 1Ls, Sept. 20, '12, 3:45 pm, TNH 3.142, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Lecture on Human Trafficking by Robert Moossy, Acting Section Chief, Civil Rights Division Criminal Section,  United States Department of Justice, Sept. 27, 12-1 pm Eidman Courtroom, followed by lunch in the Pavilion, co-sponsored with the UT Bureau of Business Research, the UT  Center for Women's and Gender Studies, and  the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at the UT School of Social Work (press)
  • Single Member Districts?: A Discussion on Austin’s November Ballot Referendum, Sept. 28, 12:15-1:30 pm, Sheffield, cosponsored by the UT Opportunity Forum (video)
  • Post Graduate Public Interest Fellowships for 2Ls, Oct. 9, '12, 12 - 1 pm, TNH 3.127, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, Oct. 11, '12, 2 pm, Eidman Courtroom, reception to follow, co-sponsored with Capital Punishment Center (flyer, press, video)

(l-r) Professors Joey Fishkin, Gerald Torres, Jordan Steiker and Willy Forbath discuss Fisher v. UT, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmative action case

  • “No Way Out But One” movie screening, Oct. 17, ’12, 5:30 pm, TNH 3.125, co-sponsored by the Domestic Violence Clinic and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
  • Panel discussion of Fisher v. UT, featuring Professors Fishkin, Forbath, Steiker and Torres, Oct. 24, '12, 2 – 3 pm, Sheffield,  co-sponsored with the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights and the American Constitution Society (press)
  • “Protecting Tenants Displaced from Redevelopment Projects,” Community Development Clinic presentation and panel discussion, Oct. 26, ’12, 12:15 pm, at the LBJ School, co-sponsored with the UT Opportunity Forum
  • "From Civil Rights to Human Rights," a talk by former Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark - Architect of the Civil Rights Acts and Human Rights Activist, Nov. 12, '12, 12 - 1 pm, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Rapoport Center, Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association, Human Rights Law Society, Public Interest Law Association, Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society (press, video)
  • Panel Discussion: Creating a Market for Organs, Nov. 14, '12, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Jeffers Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Health Law and Bioethics Society
  • Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Feb. 1, '13, 12 - 1:15 pm, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office and Financial Aid Office
  • "Lives in the Law," Pamelya P. Herndon, Executive Director, Southwest Women’s Law Center, Feb. 5, '13, 11:45 - 1:45 pm, Eidman Courtroom and Jury Room, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office (press, video)
  • Marie-Therese Connolly, Elder Justice Advocate, G. Rollie White Public Interest Scholar in Residence, Feb. 19-20, '13, Co-sponsored with the Center for Women in Law and the UT Chapter of the American Constitution Society (press)
    • Feb. 19, '13, 3:30 - 5 pm, "How Change Happens: the Fight for Elder Justice in the U.S.", Eidman Courtroom, UT Law
    • February 20, '13, noon - 2 pm, "Protecting the Elderly in Texas", Room 2.124, UT Law, Panelists include Bruce P. Bower, Deputy Director, Texas Legal Services Center, Dr. Catherine Hawes, Professor, School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M University, The Honorable Susan D. Reed, Bexar County Criminal District Attorney
  • "Lives in the Law," Vanita Gupta, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU and Director of the ACLU’s Center for Justice, Mar. 19, '13, 11:45 - 1:45 pm, Eidman Courtroom, Jury Room, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office (press, video first half, audio second half)
  • UT Law LRAP Informational Session, Mar. 27, '13, 8:15 - 9 am, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office, Sheffield
  • Immigration Law Update with Lucas Guttentag, senior counsel and founding national director of the Immigrants' Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Yale Law School Distinguished Senior Fellow in Residence, and Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation, MALDEF, Mar. 28, '13, noon - 2 pm, Auditorium (press)
  • CANCELLED: Public Service Debt Management: Working Session for 3Ls, Apr. 3, '13, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • "The Role of Law in Closing the Educational Achievement Gap," Apr. 5, '13, Eidman Courtroom and Atrium, co-sponsored with the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (website, press)
  • Social Justice Entrepreneurship Workshop, Apr. 12, '13, Goodwin Conference Room, co-sponsored with the UT Law Pro Bono Program, and the Public Interest Law Association
  • Color of Justice, an educational program initiated by the National Association of Women Judges, Apr. 17, ‘13, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the NAWJ and the Travis County Women Lawyers Association (press release)
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Non-Profit or Government Position, Apr. 18, '13, noon - 1 pm, TNH 2.138, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office

Robert Moossy, acting section chief of the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, speaks on combating human trafficking

Community Service/Pro Bono Education:

  • Pro Bono Winter Break Trip, UT Law students and professors travel to the Rio Grande valley to volunteer with organizations addressing the legal needs of low-income people in the area, Jan. ‘13

Curriculum:

  • Public Service Classes for First Year Students (orientation classes on access to justice issues, public service and the Pro Bono Program), Fall '12
  • Clinics and Internships Fall Information Session, Fall ’12
  • Clinics and Internships Spring Information Session, Spring ’13
  • Ongoing judicial and non-profit/government internship courses

Public Service Recognition:

  • Fall Public Service Reception for students and faculty to highlight public interest activities at the Law School, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office, Sept. 11, '12, 5:30 pm, Jamail Pavilion, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office & Rapoport Center
  • National Pro Bono Week, Oct. 21-27, ’12 (press)
  • Justice Center Reception and Amy's Ice Cream Social Celebrating Student Achievement in Service, Apr. '13 (press)

Equal Justice Scholars

(l-r) Cassie McCrae, '14; Chris Larson, '15; Erin Gaines, '13

Scholarships and Fellowships: