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”

2013–2014 Programs

Change It Up!: Professor Sarah Buel, Arizona State University, speaks on her work to further the rights of victims of domestic violence.

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, attorneys, judges, and others working to increase access to justice.

In 2013–2014, the Justice Center will sponsor:

Conferences, Lectures and Presentations:

  • "Change It Up!: Lawyering for Social Change," Sept. 7, 2-5 pm, '13, hosted with the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, the Capital Punishment Center, the American Constitution Society, Austin Lawyers Guild, Board of Advocates, Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association, Environmental Law Society, Health Law and Bioethics Society, Human Rights Law Society, OUTLaw, Public Interest Law Association, Street Law, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, Texas Law Fellowships, Texas Law Review, Texas Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and Thurgood Marshall Legal Society and Women's Law Caucus

Michelle Smith, '11, Terri LeClercq speak on prisoners' rights.

  • Safe Homes: How to Address Austin's Dangerous Apartments, Sept. 13, '13, 12 - 1 pm, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Rm SRH 3.122, co-sponsored with the UT Opportunity Forum (flyer)
  • Change It Up! Brown Bag Series: Professor Panel, Sept. 20, '13, 11:45 am - 1:15 pm, Career Services Interview Suite, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Public Service Movie Night: Gideon's Army, Oct. 1, '13, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Francis Auditorium, co-sponsored with Career Services Office
  • Post Graduate Public Interest Fellowships for 2Ls, Oct. 3, '13, 12 - 1 pm, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Being a Public Defender, Oct. 7, '13, 1 - 2:15 pm, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Introduction to Public Sector Debt Management: A Primer for 1Ls, Oct. 8, '13, 12 - 1 pm, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Michelle Smith, '11, Terri LeClercq on prisoners' rights, Oct. 17, '13, 11:45 - 12:45 pm, TNH 3.127

Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte speaks on anti-trafficking.

  • Work for Workplace Justice, Oct. 21, '13, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, TNH 3.126, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office, Transnational Worker Rights Clinic, and the Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship Program
  • National Pro Bono Luncheon, Oct. 22, '13, 11:45 - 1:30 pm, Sheffield
  • Policy Leadership in the Anti-Trafficking Movement: How Texas' new laws fight slavery, Oct. 25, '13, 10 - 11:30 am, Francis Auditorium, co-sponsored with the School of Social Work and the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Fostering Healthy Communities: Austin's Built Environment and Its Impact on Public Health, Nov. 1, '13, LBJ School Room SRH 3.122, co-sponsored with the UT Opportunity Forum
  • Lives in the Law: David Guillory and Tim Garrigan on Fighting for Justice in East Texas, Nov. 7, '13, 11:45 - 1:45, Eidman Courtroom and Goodwin Conference Room, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office (press)
  • Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Jan. 31, '14, noon - 1:15, Francis Auditorium, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office and Financial Aid Office
  • Lives in the Law: Vincent Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights, Feb. 11, '14, 11:45 - 1:45 pm, Sheffield Room (press)
  • Safe Homes, Safe Neighborhoods: Collaborative Strategies for Preventing Crime at Dangerous Places, Feb. 14, '14, noon - 1:30pm, TNH 2.140, co-sponsored with the UT Opportunity Forum
  • Change it Up! Brown Bag Series: Social Justice Practice in Unexpected Places, Feb. 21, '14, noon - 1:30 pm, TNH 3.126
  • G. Rollie White Public Interest Scholar in Residence speaker Douglas Laycock, Government Prayer and the First Amendment: Town of Greece v. Galloway, Mar. 27, '14, 11:45 am, Auditorium (press)
  • Conference on Diversity in Higher Education Post-Fisher, Mar. 28, 8:15 - 4:15 am, Auditorium, co-sponsored with the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, the Civil Rights Clinic, the Division on Diversity and Community Engagement, the Heaman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights, and the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good (website)
  • Michael Tigar on "Huck Finn, Capital Trials and Consciousness," Apr. 7, '14, 11:45 - 1:00 pm, TNH 3.142, co-sponsored with the Capital Punishment Clinic and the Bernard & Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights & Justice
  • UT Law LRAP Informational Session, April 3, '14, 8:15 - 9 am, Sheffield Room, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Public Service Debt Management: Working Session for 3Ls, April 8, '14, 11:45 - 12:45 pm, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Non-Profit or Government Position, April 17, 11:45 - 12:45, Eidman Courtroom, co-sponsored with the Career Services Office

David Guillory (l) and Tim Garrigan (r) speak on civil forfeiture practices and their successful lawsuit against the City of Tenaha and Shelby County

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. ‘14 (press, press)

Curriculum:

Public Service Recognition:

  • National Pro Bono Celebration, Oct. 20-26, ’13 (press)
  • Justice Center Reception and Amy's Ice Cream Social Celebrating Student Achievement in Service, Apr. 24, '14, noon - 1pm, Susman Godfrey Atrium (press)

Equal Justice Scholars

(l-r) Cassie McCrae, '14; Chris Larson, '15; Kelsey Chapple, '16

Scholarships and Fellowships: