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”

2014–2015 Programs

Amelia Ruiz Fischer, Kristen Etter and Luis Figueroa, participate in Change It Up! Panel, Intersections of Immigration and Criminal Law

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 2014–2015, the Justice Center will sponsor:

Conferences, Lectures and Presentations:

  • "Change It Up!: Lawyering for Social Change," Sept. 5, '14, 11:45-4:40 pm, hosted with the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, the Capital Punishment Center and many student organizations (press)
    • Introductory Remarks: Scott McCown, Director, Children's Rights Clinic
    • Panel Discussions: Intersections of Immigration and Criminal Law; Environmental Justice: Poverty, Health, and Pollution
    • Keynote Speaker: Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
  • Change It Up! Brown Bag: "Faculty on Their Work for Social Change," Sept. 19, '14, 11:45 - 1:15 pm, TNH 3.127

Class of 2017 G. Rollie White Scholar Paige Duggins

  • Introduction to Public Service Debt Management, Oct. 2, '14, 11:45 - 12:45 pm, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Post Graduate Public Interest Fellowships for 2Ls, Oct. 9, '14, 11:45 - 12:45 pm, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Change It Up! Brown Bag: "UT Alums on Their Public Interest Post-Graduate Fellowships," Oct. 17, '14, 11:45 - 1:15 pm, TNH 3.127
  • National Pro Bono Week, Oct. 19 - 25 (press)
    • Pro Bono Luncheon, Oct. 23, '14, TNH 3.142
  • Paul Barrett, author of "Law of the Jungle," to speak on environmental litigation against Chevron in the rainforest, Oct. 24, '14, Auditorium, co-sponsored with the Capital Punishment Center
  • Lives in the Law Speaker Julia Gordon, Director, Housing Finance and Policy, Center for American Progress, Nov. 4, '14, 11:30 - 1:30 pm, location TBA, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Change It Up! Brown Bag: "Public Interest and Government Job Search Speed-dating with 2Ls and 3Ls," Nov. 7, '14, 11:45 - 1:15 pm, TNH 3.127
  • Judicial Internships: Great Jobs for the Summer, Nov 11, '14, noon - 1:00 pm, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Fair Chance Hiring: Reducing Criminal Record Barriers to Employment, Nov. 14, '14, 1:00 - 4 p.m., Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the UT Opportunity Forum
  • Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Jan. 30, '15, noon - 1:15 pm, Francis Auditorium, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office and Financial Aid Office
  • UT Law LRAP Informational Session, date and time TBA, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Public Service Debt Management: Working Session for 3Ls, date & time TBA, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Non-Profit or Government Position, date and time TBA, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office

Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation, MALDEF, and
Professor Ranjana Natarajan speak at Change It Up!

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. ‘15

Curriculum:

Public Service Recognition:

  • National Pro Bono Week, Oct. 19-25, ’14
  • Justice Center Reception and Amy's Ice Cream Social Celebrating Student Achievement in Service, TBA

Equal Justice Scholars

(l-r) Alex Stamm, '17; Kelsey Chapple, '16; Chris Larson, '15

Scholarships and Fellowships: