The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

“That they may truly and impartially administer justice”

2011–2012 Programs

Susan Herman, president of the ACLU, delivers the "Barriers and Innovations in Civil Rights Litigation Since 9/11" keynote address

The Justice Center promotes equal justice through lectures, conferences, community service and pro bono projects, clinical courses, and other events focused on public interest law. These programs bring together the law school community, judges, attorneys, and others working to increase access to justice.

In 2011–2012, the Justice Center will sponsor:

Conferences, Lectures and Presentations:

  • Introduction to Public Sector Debt Management: A Primer for 1Ls, Sept. 20, '11, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • “INCENDIARY” movie screening and talk with director Joe Bailey, '08, and Capital Punishment Clinic faculty Jim Marcus and Maurie Levin, Sept. 22,’11,  6:30 pm, Violet Crown Cinema (by advance reservation only), co-sponsored by the Capital Punishment Center
  • Post Graduate Public Interest Fellowship for 2Ls, Oct. 11, '11, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office (video)
  • “Champions of Change” Watch Party, video streaming conversation from the White House with Attorney General Eric Holder, Oct. 13, ’11, 1 pm – 2:30 pm, Goodwin Conference Room, co-sponsored by the Pro Bono Program and the American Constitution Society (press release)
  • Creating Pathways to Engaging Youth, Oct. 17, '11, 10 am – 3 pm, Thompson Conference Center, presented by the Juvenile Support Network, co-sponsored by Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine Arts, Inter-American Institute for Youth Justice and the School of Social Work (flyer)

Joe Bailey, '08, with Prof. Jim Marcus at a special screening of Incendiary: The Willingham Case at the Violet Crown Cinema

  • Housing + Transit: Connecting Affordable Homes to Transit-Oriented Development in the Austin Region, Oct. 21, '11, 1 pm – 5:30 pm, LBJ School of Public Affairs, presented by Opportunity Forum at The University of Texas at Austin and HousingWorks Austin, co-sponsored with the Center for Politics and Governance, UT LBJ School of Public Affairs, Center for Sustainable Development, UT School of Architecture (flyer, press)
  • “Crime After Crime” movie screening, Oct. 27, ’11, 6:30 pm, Violet Crown Cinema (by advance reservation only), co-sponsored by the Pro Bono Program and Domestic Violence Clinic (press)
  • “Lives in the Law,” Karen Lash, Senior Counsel for Access to Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, Nov. 7, ’11, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Sheffield Room, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office (flyer, press, audio)
  • Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Jan. 27, '12, 11:30 am –12:45 pm, Auditorium, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office (press)
  • Barriers and Innovations in Civil Rights Litigation Since 9/11: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives, Feb. 3, '12, 8:15 am – 4:00 pm, Eidman Courtroom (save the date, website, press release)
  • “Lives in the Law,” Charles E. Di Leva, Chief Counsel, Climate Change, Sustainable Development and International Law, World Bank, Feb. 6, ’12, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Sheffield Room, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office and the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, & Environmental Law (press, audio)
  • Cutting Edge Issues in Immigration Law: State Anti-Immigrant Statutes and Litigation Panel, Feb. 13, ‘12, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Sheffield Room, co-sponsored with the Immigration and Nationality Section of the State Bar of Texas (press, audio)
  • “School Discipline: A Pathway to the Juvenile Justice System or an Opportunity for Effective Intervention?” Feb. 20, ’12, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, presented by the Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation and the Center for Health and Social Policy at the Thompson Conference Center Auditorium, co-sponsored by the Justice Center
  • Expanding Fair Housing Opportunities for Low-Income Families with Betsy Julian, '73, and local response panel, Mar. 22, '12, noon – 1:30 pm, Sheffield Room,co-sponsored by the UT Opportunity Forum (flyer, powerpoint, video)
  • Lynching and the Death Penalty Conference with keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson, Mar. 23 – 24, '12, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Capital Punishment Center (website, press)
  • UT Law LRAP Informational Session, Mar. 29, '12, 8:15 am – 9:00 am, Sheffield Room, co-sponsored by Career Services Office
  • Public Service Debt Management: Working Session for 3Ls, Apr. 3, '12, 11:30 pm – 12:30 pm, Goodwin Conference Room, co-sponsored by Career Services Office
  • Scott McCown: The 2012 School Finance Litigation and Impact on Educational Equity in Texas, Apr. 3, '12, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Room 3.124, LBJ School of Public Affairs, sponsored by the UT Opportunity Forum and co-sponsored by the Center for Politics and Governance and the College of Education
  • “Hot Coffee” movie screening, Apr. 12, ’12, 6:00 pm, Charles I. Francis Auditorium, presented by Public Justice (website, press)

Hot Coffee Panelists (l-r): Mike McKetta of Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody; Jack London of the Law Offices of Jack W. London & Associates PC; U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel and Leslie Brueckner, Senior Attorney at Public Justice

Community Service/Pro Bono Education:

  • Pro Bono Winter Break Trip, UT Law students and professors travel to the Rio Grande valley to volunteer with organizations addressing the legal needs of low-income people in the area, Jan. ‘12 (press, application)

Curriculum:

  • Public Service Classes for First Year Students (orientation classes on access to justice issues, public service and the Pro Bono Program), Fall ’11
  • Clinics and Internships Fall Information Session, Fall ’11
  • Clinics and Internships Spring Information Session, Spring ’12
  • Ongoing judicial and non-profit/government internship courses

Public Service Recognition:

  • Fall Public Service Reception for students and faculty to highlight public interest activities at the Law School, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office, Sept. 13, '11, 5 pm, Jamail Pavilion, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office & Rapoport Center
  • Justice Center Reception and Amy's Ice Cream Social Celebrating Student Achievement in Service, Apr. 23, '12, 4:30pm, Sheffield Room (flyer, press release)

Equal Justice Scholars

(l-r) Cassie McCrae, '14; Erin Gaines, '13; Jordan Pollock, '12

Scholarships and Fellowships: