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March 1, 2010

Kathryn S. Fuller, ’76, chair of the Ford Foundation and former president of the World Wildlife Fund, is the inaugural G. Rollie White Public Interest Scholar in Residence, March 8–10, 2010

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Kathryn S. Fuller, ’76, chair of the Ford Foundation and former president of the World Wildlife Fund

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law will present Kathryn S. Fuller as the Law School’s inaugural G. Rollie White Public Interest Scholar in Residence, March 8–10, 2010.

Fuller, ’76, is the chair of the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees, which sets policies relating to grant making, geographic focus, spending, investment, management, and governance. The Ford Foundation, the second largest foundation in the United States, makes grants and loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks that promote peace, human welfare, and the sustainability of the environment.

During her time as scholar in residence at the Law School, Fuller will make three presentations open to the public:

On Monday, March 8, she will give a talk entitled, “The Current Role of Foundations in Advancing Social Change,” from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Sheffield Room.

On Tuesday, March 9, she will present “Law as a Path to Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations,” from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Jamail Pavilion. The event is cosponsored by the Center for Women in Law.

On Wednesday, March 10, she will give a major address, “Preserving Biodiversity in the Face of Global Challenges,” from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Eidman Courtroom. Christine Hawkes, assistant professor, Section of Integrative Biology, UT College of Natural Sciences, and Laura J. Huffman, director of the Nature Conservancy of Texas, will also provide comments. Melinda Taylor, director of the Law School’s Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law, will moderate. A reception will follow. The event is cosponsored by the Environmental Law Society and the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law.

Before joining the Ford Foundation, Fuller had an extensive career in environmental law and policy. From 1989 to 2005, Fuller was president and chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund. Prior to 1989, she was executive vice president, general counsel, and director of the WWF’s programs in public policy and wildlife trade monitoring. Before joining the WWF, she worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, first in the Office of Legal Counsel, then as a trial attorney in the Land and Natural Resources Division, where she helped create the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section.

Fuller received her BA from Brown University, earned a JD with honors from UT Law, and pursued graduate studies in marine, estuarine and environmental science at the University of Maryland.

The G. Rollie White Public Interest Scholar in Residence Program is supported by a generous gift from the G. Rollie White Trust. The program’s purpose is to bring outstanding legal scholars, practitioners, and advocates from the field of public service to the Law School to foster discussion of issues related to public interest law, to raise the profile of lawyers working in this area, and to encourage students to view public service as an honored and expected part of every legal career. In addition to her public events, Fuller will also meet informally with professors and students and co-teach a class of the Environmental Clinic.

Contact:

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