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February 18, 2008

Conference celebrates UT Law Domestic Violence Clinic’s 10th Anniversary

The University of Texas School of Law will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Domestic Violence Clinic with a conference, “Progress in Using Law to Battle Domestic Violence,” February 28–29, 2008.

The Domestic Violence Clinic, founded in the fall of 1997 by Professor Sarah Buel and Professor Jeana Lungwitz, provides law students with the opportunity to 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 represents clients using a holistic approach.

This conference will examine recent progress in representing victims of domestic violence, and highlights Clinic alumni and their ongoing efforts to assist clients affected by abusive relationships. Panelists will discuss special problems and cutting edge issues in representing clients and the benefits to addressing client needs holistically.

The conference will begin Thursday, February 28 at 3:30 p.m. with a keynote address by Buel and Lungwitz in the Law School’s Eidman Courtroom, followed by a reception in the Jamail Pavilion.

On Friday, February 29, the conference will begin at 9:00 a.m and continue until 5:00 p.m. with panel presentations in the Eidman Courtroom. A lunch program in the Sheffield Room, entitled “Profiles in Pro Bono and Community Service,” will be moderated by Professor Cynthia Estlund, New York University School of Law, a former member of the UT Law faculty who was instrumental in establishing the Clinic.

Conference panels include: Innovations in Legal Representation; Intersections with the Criminal Justice System; Continuing Challenges—Visitation, Custody, Immigration, Witness Tampering; and Holistic Approaches to Working with Clients. The events are free and open to the public. The conference has been approved for 8.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit.

The Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law is sponsoring the conference. .

Related Links:

Domestic Violence Clinic

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

Contact: Eden Harrington, Director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, UT Law, 512-232-7068, eharrington@law.utexas.edu