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December 19, 2006

Press Contact:
Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or kfortune@law.utexas.edu
Event Contacts: Eden Harrington, UT Law Justice Center, 512-232-7068 or Nick Doughty, UT Law Justice Center, 512-232-6277; David Courreges, AYLA, 512-478-5308; and Karin Crump, TYLA, 512-322-5757

UT Law's Justice Center to Co-Sponsor Civil Rights Education Event

Law students invited to assist in program for hundreds of high school students

AUSTIN, Texas―The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at The University of Texas School of Law will co-sponsor a new program to educate Austin area high school students about young people's contributions to the civil rights movement and to encourage students to participate in civic life.

About 250 to 300 high school students will attend a program on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Texas Capitol. The event is hosted by Rep. Senfronia Thompson and Sen. Royce West, both of Texas.

The program will include comments from Rep. Thompson and Sen. West and a video presentation of "They Had a Dream Too: Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement" narrated by civil rights leader, writer and university professor Julian Bond. There will also be tours of the Capitol and informal discussions between high school students, law students and attorneys during lunch.

UT Law students are invited to assist with the event and to meet with small groups of high school students during lunch. Interested students may contact the Justice Center (at JusticeCenter@law.utexas.edu) for more information.

"We are pleased that our students have the opportunity to work with Austin lawyers on this new educational project," said Eden Harrington, director of the Justice Center at UT Law. "Together we can help highlight the value of public service and the rewards of working to improve our society."

The January event is organized by the Austin Young Lawyers Association (AYLA), and co-sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) and the UT Law Justice Center. TYLA produced the video narrated by Julian Bond with a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation.

Related links:

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law:
www.utlawjusticecenter.com

Austin Young Lawyers Association:
www.ayla.org

Texas Young Lawyers Association:
www.tyla.org