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February 21, 2008

Former Judge Justice clerks to speak on their lives in the law, March 4, 2008

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law and the Career Services Office will present a panel of former clerks of the Honorable William Wayne Justice, who will reflect on their lives in public interest law and public service. The panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, March 4 from 3:30 to 5 in the Eidman Courtroom

The panelists include Steven Farr, Vice President of Knowledge Development for Teach For America, a national organization that works for social justice, equity, and opportunity through education reform; Lucas Guttentag, National Director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation in San Francisco; Jennifer Harbury, a human rights activist, author, and civil legal services attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Weslaco, Texas; Laird Lucas, founder and Executive Director of Advocates for the West, a nonprofit conservation law firm that uses environmental laws to protect the West’s rivers, public lands, and wildlife, in Boise, Idaho; and Rob McDuff, a civil rights and criminal defense attorney in Jackson, Mississippi. Professor Lynn Blais, also a former Judge Justice clerk, will moderate.

This event is part of “Lives in the Law,” an occasional speaker series presented by the Career Services Office and the Justice Center, that focuses on the work and lives of lawyers who strive to improve the lives of others through litigation, advocacy, and public service.

“We are excited to present this diverse and distinguished panel. We hope students come away inspired to use their knowledge to improve the lives of others and with ideas for how they might fashion interesting and meaningful careers,” said Eden Harrington, Director of the Justice Center.

The panel presentation is open to the public. Attendees are also invited to attend a reception, immediately following the panel, in the Jamail Pavilion in honor of Judge Justice’s birthday. Several of the panelists will also be available to meet with students on Wednesday, March 5, from 9 to 10:30 in the Justice Center (Room 1.324, CCJ). For more information about the panelists, please consult the event website: http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/publicinterest/activities/panel.html

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Career Services Office

Previous “Lives in the Law” Speaker: Tracie Washington

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

Contacts:

Tina Fernandez, Associate Director for Career Services, UT Law, 512-232-1159, tfernandez@law.utexas.edu

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