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”



Event Highlights

"The Role of Law in Closing the Educational Achievement Gap," Apr. '13

"Barriers and Innovations in Civil Rights Litigation Since 9/11:
Practical and Theoretical Perspectives
," Feb. '12

"Race, Place and Fair Housing in Texas:
A Statewide Conference
," Oct. '10

The Role of Foundations in Advancing Social Change,”
Kathryn S. Fuller, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation, former President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund, G. Rollie White Public Interest Scholar in Residence, Mar. '10

Latino Civil Rights: Where We Are, Where We're Going,”
Nina Perales, Southwest Regional Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, “Lives in the Law” Speaker, Nov. '09

The Justice Center hosts a broad range of events, highlighting access to justice issues and public interest legal topics through speakers and panel presentations. The “Lives in the Law” speaker series, for example, focuses on the work and lives of lawyers who strive to improve the lives of others through litigation, advocacy, and public service.  The Justice Center also convenes conferences and hosts lectures focusing on legal issues facing marginalized people and communities.

Working with its student advisory board and the Career Services Office, the Justice Center plans presentations to help students pursue public service after law school.  Recent initiatives include a series on strategies to manage educational debt, including the UT Law and federal loan repayment and forgiveness programs, culminating in individual financial counseling sessions with financial services professionals for graduating students, and a panel discussion of social justice lawyers on handling the stress of high volume, high stakes practices representing clients in crisis.



Photo of Jill Scott Scott McCown, Denise Pierce, Rick Gray, David Hinojosa and Patricia Arthur, discussing Closing the Achievement Gap Through Litigation, as part of the April 5, 2013 conference, The Role of Law in Closing the Educational Achievement Gap