The Journal hosts an annual banquet and symposium as well as other less formal events throughout the year. Our events attempt to involve both law students and the greater community in a discussion of current civil rights issues.  The events are generally open to the public and we encourage members of the community to participate.

Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights 2012 Symposium

March 22, 2012

Achieving Equal Access to Fair Credit: The Civil Rights Implications of Consumer Lending Practices and How Recent Developments May Change the Industry

10:00 – 12:00 
• Changes in the consumer credit industry since the 1970s and their effect on minority communities (Eidman Courtroom)
• Angela Littwin, Assistant Professor, UT School of Law
• Gary Bledsoe, President, Texas NAACP
• Don Baylor, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities
• Molly Rogers, Attorney, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

12:00 – 1:30
• Lunch (Jamail Pavilion)
• William Wayne Justice Center presents: Elizabeth Julian, “Expanding Fair Housing Opportunities for Low-Income Minority Families” (Sheffield Room)

1:30 – 3:30
• Moving towards equal access to fair credit: Federal litigation, state and local regulation and the coming of Dodd-Frank. (Eidman Courtroom)
• Daniel P. Mosteller, Trial Attorney. U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
• Ann Baddour, Senior Policy Analyst, Texas Appleseed
• John C. Fleming, Adjunct Professor, UT School of Law


2011 Fall Write-On--August 29 to September 2, 2011

The Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights invites you to participate in its fall 2011 write-on competition. We are seeking 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls with outstanding writing and editing skills and a demonstrated interest in civil liberties and civil rights.

The journal publishes articles that examine the intersection of law, politics, and society within the area of civil liberties and civil rights. Articles are written by judges, lawyers, professors, and students. The Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the State Bar of Texas has an ongoing relationship with the journal. Originally founded in 1992, the journal is now one of the nation’s most cited specialty law journals on human rights by courts.

Members of the journal often strengthen their legal research and writing skills. In addition, the journal provides unique opportunities for students interested in learning more about practicing civil liberties and civil rights law. This past spring, we hosted a symposium entitled Civil Rights on the Border, featuring panel discussions between immigration specialists, litigators, and constitutional scholars from across the country. In May 2011, Justice John Paul Stevens discussed and echoed an article about statutory reforms to Section 1983 that we published in our Fall 2010 issue. This year, we hope to continue the same conversation in print and in dialogue.

If you are interested in applying for a position on the journal, please contact Christine Nishimura, or pick up an application at the circulation desk in the atrium. The application deadline is Friday, September 2 at 5:00 PM.

2011 Symposium--March 1, 2011

Civil Rights on the Border
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: James C. Ho "Birthright citizenship and the 14th Amendment"

Text of Ronald Towbridge's Speech: The Immigration Battle is Over

2010 Symposium

Juvenile Justice: The Rights of Minors in the American Criminal Justice System [info here]

Thanks to efforts of our staff and our partners, the American Journal of Criminal Law, Symposium was a complete success! It was well attended and extremely interesting. Our technical editor live blogged through Panels 2 and 3, so for a recap, click HERE! We also have a recap by one of our Notes Editors on Panel 1. BUT, even better...we have videos of the entire thing!

Panel 1: Meeting the Needs of Juvenile Offenders: The Legal and Policy Response
Panel 2: Dealing with Serious Juvenile Offenders in the Juvenile System: The Role of the Courts and the Agencies
Panel 3: National Juvenile Justice Reform Initiatives

VIDEO Panels 1 & 2
VIDEO Panel 3


2009 Symposium

Voting Rights and the New Administration
Monday, March 9, 2009, 11:30am to 5:00pm
Keynote Speaker: Robert Kelner, Chair of Election and Political Law Practice Group, Covington and Burling LLP



November 17, Monday, 11:30am to 12:20pm
Liberty Lunch Series with Jim Harrington, Director of the Texas Civil Rights Project

November 10, 2008
Liberty Lunch Series: with Lisa Graybill, Legal Director for the ACLU of Texas.

October 30, 2008
Liberty Lunch Series: with Amy Magee, a Senior Attorney for the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

September 18, 2008
Liberty Lunch Series: Lively Discussion with David Gonzales, a criminal and juvenile defense attorney with Sumpter & Gonzalez, LLP.

March 20, 2008
"Guantanamo: A Muslim Chaplain's Struggle for Justice" by James Yee - AUDIO/VIDEO

March 3, 2008
The Roberts Court and the Future of the Fourth Amendment - AUDIO/VIDEO

April 17, 2007
Incarceration and Civil Rights
Read a review, click here

March 24, 2005
The State of Our Union: The Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage

February 26, 2004
Terrorism and the War on Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, and Immigrants After 9/11