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October 16, 2007

Tracie Washington to speak on legal needs in Louisiana’s Gulf Coast region, November 5

Tracie Washington
Tracie L. Washington

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law and the Career Services Office are pleased to present Tracie L. Washington, UT Law ’89, President and CEO of the Louisiana Justice Institute, on Monday November 5, 2007 from 11:30 to 1:30 in the Sheffield Room at the University of Texas School of Law.

Washington will speak from 11:30 to 12:30 about the legal landscape in the Gulf Coast region after Hurricane Katrina and her work as an advocate for those affected by the disaster. From 12:30 to 1:30 she will speak more informally about her life in the law. Lunch will be served at 11:30 and 12:30. Audience members may attend one or both sessions.

Washington, a native New Orleanian, graduated from Carleton College in 1985, earned a Master of Public Administration from Drake University in 1986, and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1989. After law school, she maintained a general civil practice for eighteen years, first in Austin and then New Orleans.

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Washington was forced to evacuate the city with her son. They moved to Beaumont, Texas, until Hurricane Rita forced them to evacuate again to Austin. They returned to New Orleans in early December 2005.

Since her return, Washington has worked to protect the civil rights of survivors of the catastrophe, serving as counsel in several cases involving housing, education, and voting rights. She led the NAACP’s Gulf Coast Advocacy Center until it closed last spring and recently founded the Louisiana Justice Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to fostering social justice campaigns across Louisiana, particularly in the Gulf Coast region.

Washington’s talk is the first in an occasional “Lives in the Law” speaker series focusing on the work and lives of lawyers who strive to improve the lives of others through litigation, advocacy, and public service, presented by the Career Services Office and the Justice Center. Washington’s visit is also intended to increase awareness of the legal needs in the Gulf Coast region.

In January 2008, a group of UT Law students will travel to the area to volunteer on a legal project related to the hurricane disaster. Applications to participate in the trip are due to the Justice Center by October 24.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association, Concerned Students for LRAP, the Human Rights Law Society, Middle Eastern Law Students’ Association, Public Interest Law Association, and the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society.

Related links:

The Louisiana Justice Institute

Career Services Office

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

UT Law Student Hurricane Network Trip Information


Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association

Concerned Students for LRAP

Human Rights Law Society

Middle Eastern Law Students’ Association

Public Interest Law Association

Thurgood Marshall Legal Society

Contact: Mary Crouter, 232-7855,