The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

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Conference Program and Schedule:

8:15-8:45 Registration and light breakfast - Susman Godfrey Atrium
   
8:45-9:00 Welcome - Francis Auditorium
  Ty'Meka Reeves - The University of Texas School of Law, '15
  Ward Farnsworth - Dean, The University of Texas School of Law
   
9:00-10:15 Panel 1: Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin: A Primer
An overview of the Supreme Court decision, its origins, and the current state of the remanded case. 
 
  • Joshua Civin – General Counsel, Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Sharon Davies – Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University
  • Patti Ohlendorf – Vice President for Legal Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
  • Moderator: Ranjana Natarajan – The University of Texas School of Law
   
10:30-11:45 Panel 2: Achieving Diversity Through Race-Neutral Admissions Programs
Discussion of the history of Hopwood and the Texas Top 10% law, how the law currently influences university admissions policies, and possible options to move forward in an entirely race-neutral scheme.
 
  • Kedra Ishop – Vice Provost, Director of Admissions, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Douglas Laycock – University of Virginia School of Law
  • Celina Moreno – Legislative Staff Attorney, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
  • Moderator: Jordan Steiker –The University of Texas School of Law
   
12:00-1:15 Keynote Speaker and Lunch - Susman Godfrey Atrium
Hosted by the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
  • Introduction: Gregory Vincent – Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Keynote: Beyond Affirmative Action: From Diversity to Inclusion
    Speaker: Marta Tienda – Maurice P. During ’22 Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
   
1:30-2:30 Panel 3: Ripple Effects of Opportunities in Higher Education
  Discussion about affirmative action as part of the spectrum of opportunity in education and beyond, and whether an end to affirmative action could have larger societal effects.
 
  • Patrick Shin – Suffolk University Law School
  • Funmi Showole – Columbia Law School
  • Moderator: Cary Franklin – The University of Texas School of Law
2:45-3:45 Panel 4: Race-based and Class-based Affirmative Action: Point, Counterpoint
Discussion about race-based and class-based affirmative action as solutions for diversity in higher education.
 
  • David Hinojosa – Regional Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
  • Richard Kahlenberg – Century Foundation
  • Moderator: Joseph Fishkin – The University of Texas School of Law
3:45 Closing
  Kali Cohn - The University of Texas School of Law, '14

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Research Guide:

The University of Texas School of Law Tarlton Law Library maintains a Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin research guide, that includes primary documents as well as selected news stories and articles.

Continuing Legal Education:

The State Bar of Texas has accredited this conference for 5 hours of CLE credit. With advance notice lawyers from other jurisdictions will receive a uniform certificate of attendance.

Conference registration and general contact:

The conference has reached full capacity. For conference information, contact Rachel Sidopulos, Center Administrator, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, at rsidopulos@law.utexas.edu, (512) 232-6277 (phone).

 

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