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Domestic Violence Clinic Anniversary Celebration


This conference celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Domestic Violence Clinic at UT School of Law. Students and faculty in the Clinic represent people in abusive relationships who are unable to afford private attorneys.  The Clinic educates students about the broad range of legal and non-legal problems facing victims of domestic violence, and takes a holistic approach to representing clients.

This conference examines current issues in providing legal representation to domestic violence survivors.  Panelists will discuss particular challenges and cutting edge issues in representing clients and the benefits to addressing client needs holistically.  The conference will highlight the alumni of the Clinic and their continuing efforts to battle domestic violence.

This conference is approved for 8.5 hours of CLE credit.

Program: Thursday, February 28

12:00–3:00 p.m. Legal Education Roundtable: luncheon and discussion for those involved in legal education about domestic violence  (Jury Room, RSVP required)
3:30–5:00 p.m.

Keynote and Q & AProfessor Sarah Buel and Professor Jeana Lungwitz, Domestic Violence Clinic, UT Law

Streaming Video

5:00–6:00 p.m. Reception (Jamail Pavilion)

Buffet Dinner and Dancing :
University of Texas Club
2108 E. Robert Dedman Dr.
Tickets - $25 or $10 (students)
Purchase at the door (RSVP required)

Program: Friday, February 29

8:30–9:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:05–10:30 a.m.

Innovations in Legal Representation

  • Bronwyn Blake, Texas Advocacy Project, Inc., Austin, TX
  • Jeff Edwards, Whitehurst, Harkness, Ozmun & Brees, Austin, TX
  • Carlos Salinas, Knapp & Viola, San Mateo, CA

Streaming Video

10:30–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Intersections with the Criminal Justice System

  • Hilary Riley, Travis County Attorney's Office, Austin, TX
  • Heather Weigler, Oregon Court of Appeals, Salem, OR
  • David Henderson, Bexar County District Attorney's Office, San Antonio, TX

Streaming Video

12:15–1:45 p.m.

UT Domestic Violence Clinic Alumni: Profiles in Pro Bono and Community Service (Sheffield Room) (Lunch provided, RSVP required)

  • Jonathan Buck, Kelly, Hart & Hallman, Austin, TX
  • Shawn Raymond, Susman Godfrey, Houston, TX
  • Andrea Sparks, Texas CASA, Austin, TX
  • Moderated by Professor Cindy Estlund, New York University School of Law, New York, NY

Streaming Audio

1:45–3:15 p.m.

Continuing Challenges – Visitation and Custody, Immigration, Witness Tampering

  • Selina Llaguno, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, El Paso, TX
  • Julia Raney, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Edinburg, TX
  • Professor Sarah Buel, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX

Streaming Video

3:15–3:30 p.m. Break
3:30–5:00 p.m.

Holistic Approaches to Working with Clients

  • Lauren Mutti, Jackson Walker, Dallas, TX
  • Brad Nitschke, Jackson Walker, Dallas, TX
  • Sara Kim, University of Texas School of Law Domestic Violence Clinic, Austin, TX

Streaming Video

5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

  • Professor Sarah Buel and Professor Jeana Lungwitz

RSVP by 2/22/08 to Rachel Sidopulos at, 512/232-6277

Sponsored by:

William Wayne Justice Center