Michele Deitch, a professor with a joint appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the UT Law School, has dedicated her career to remodeling laws and policies governing both the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. Her research and recent TEDx talk entitled “Why are we trying kids as adults?” has focused on the harms caused by housing youth in adult prisons and jails and raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction in Texas.
The LBJ School salutes a host of newly elected officials from the ranks of its alumni and former faculty on their victories spanning international, federal, and local elections in 2014 and 2015. This is the first in an ongoing series featuring newly elected public officials who hail from the LBJ community.
The LBJ School of Public Affairs hosted the Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) roundtable discussion with Congressman John Sarbanes (MD), Congressman Lloyd Doggett (TX) and TexPIRG Director Sara Smith, addressing new approaches to fighting big money in politics on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.
Peniel Joseph, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, social activist and renowned historian, kicked off the LBJ School's New Voices in Civil Rights series with his talk titled "From Selma to Ferguson: Race and Public Policy in the Age of Obama" Feb. 19, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. for the 19th Annual student-led Barbara Jordan Forum at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.