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”


University of Texas School of Law
September 7, 2013
2-5 p.m.


1:30 – 2:00

Event Check-in – Jamail Pavilion

2:00 – 2:10

Welcome and Introduction – Eidman Courtroom

  • Eden Harrington, Associate Dean for Experiential Education, Director, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, UT Law

Change It Up! Goals:

  • Kali Cohn, 3L, UT Law

2:10 – 2:30  

What Is Lawyering for Social Change – Eidman Courtroom

  • Ranjana Natarajan, Clinical Professor, Director, Civil Rights Clinic, UT Law


  • Gary Bledsoe, President, Texas NAACP

2:30 – 2:45

Ice-Breaker – Eidman Courtroom

  • Tina Fernandez, Director, Pro Bono Programs, UT Law

2:45 – 3:45  

Concurrent Break-outs: Models of Lawyering for Social Change
Students will hear from lawyers who work for social change/social justice in one of two issue areas  - immigration and the school-to-prison pipeline. Both panels will consider the same general questions, such as how lawyers use various advocacy strategies separately and together and how lawyers from different sectors (non-profit, government, private practice) participate in social change lawyering and advocacy strategies.  Students may attend either of the two panels. 

Immigration – Room TNH 2.123

  • Luis Figueroa, General Counsel, Office of Texas Senator Sylvia R. Garcia
  • Barbara Hines, Clinical Professor, Co-Director, Immigration Clinic, UT Law, moderator
  • Stephanie Kolmar, Staff Attorney, American Gateways
  • Javier Maldonado, Law Office of Javier Maldonado, PC

School-to-Prison Pipeline – Room TNH 2.124

  • Meg Clifford, Fellow, School-to-Prison Pipeline Project, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, UT Law, moderator
  • Deborah Fowler, Deputy Director, Texas Appleseed
  • Brian McGiverin, Prisoners' Rights Attorney, Texas Civil Rights Project
  • Hon. John R. Vasquez, Judge, City of Austin Municipal Court

3:45 – 4:15 

Table Introductions and Refreshments – Jamail Pavilion

4:15 – 4:45   

Keynote Speaker and Seated Reception – Jamail Pavilion

  • Jeana Lungwitz, Clinical Professor, Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, UT Law

Keynote Speaker:

  • Sarah Buel, Clinical Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

4:45 – 5:00 

Call to Action – Jamail Pavilion
Students will discuss ways law students get involved in lawyering for social change opportunities at UT Law and beyond.

  • Brian Quillen, 3L, UT Law
  • David Fisher, 2L, UT Law

Closing Remarks  

  • Cat McCulloch, 3L, UT Law

5:00 - ??

Student Happy Hour immediately to follow at the Hole in the Wall
2538 Guadalupe Austin TX 78705

John Myers (Center Administrator/Event Organizer) / (512)232-6277

Rachel Sidopulos (Center Administrator/Event Organizer) / (512)232-6277

Andrew Hill (Center Administrator) / (512)232-1989


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