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”
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A conference at
The University of Texas School of Law
Friday, April 5, 2013

Conference Program and Schedule:

8:15 Continental Breakfast and Registration - Susman Godfrey Atrium
   
8:45-9:00 Welcome - Charles I. Frances Auditorium
  Ward Farnsworth - Dean, The University of Texas School of Law
   
9:00-10:30 Panel 1: Closing the Achievement Gap Through Government Initiatives & Legislation - Charles I. Frances Auditorium
Panelists will discuss national and state policy initiatives focused on standards, accountability, and school discipline.
 
  • David Anderson – General Counsel, Texas Education Agency
  • Deborah Fowler – Deputy Director, Texas Appleseed
  • Sandy Kress – Senior Counsel, Akin Gump
  • Paul Weckstein – Co-Director, Center for Law and Education
  • Moderator: Tina Fernandez – Director, Pro Bono Programs, The University of Texas School of Law
   
10:45-12:15 Panel 2: Closing the Achievement Gap Through Litigation - Charles I. Frances Auditorium
Panelists will discuss the impact of school desegregation, school finance, and school discipline cases on the achievement gap, and explore potential litigation strategies.
 
  • Patricia Arthur – Youth Justice Strategist
  • Rick Gray – Senior Partner, Gray & Becker, P.C.
  • David Hinojosa – Regional Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Denise Pierce – General Counsel, Texas Charter Schools Association
  • Moderator: Scott McCown – Executive Director, Center for Public Policy Priorities
   
12:30-1:30 Keynote Speaker and Lunch - Susman Godfrey Atrium
Hosted by the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
  • Introduction: Dr. Gregory Vincent – Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Keynote Speaker: John Jackson – President & CEO, The Schott Foundation for Public Education
    "Social Engineers or Parasites: The Role of Lawyers in Closing the Achievement Gap"
   
1:45-3:15 Panel 3: Leveraging Legal Training to Close the Achievement Gap
Many young lawyers are interested in using their legal skills to positively impact educati onal equity but struggle to find an entry point. Panelists will speak about their personal paths to a legal career working to close the achievement gap.
 
  • Patricia Arthur – Youth Justice Strategist
  • Norma Cantu – Professor, The University of Texas School of Law and School of Education
  • David Hinojosa – Regional Counsel, MALDEF
  • Paul Weckstein – Co-Director, Center for Law and Education
  • Moderator: Meg Clifford – School-to-Prison Pipeline Fellow, The University of Texas School of Law
   
3:15-4:00 Networking Reception - Jamail Pavilion

 

Continuing Legal Education

The State Bar of Texas has accredited this conference for 5.5 hours of CLE credit. With advance notice lawyers from other jurisdictions will receive a uniform certificate of attendance.

Conference registration and general contact:

The conference is free, but space is limited. To register for the conference and for additional information, contact Rachel Sidopulos, Center Administrator, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, at rsidopulos@law.utexas.edu, (512) 232-6277(phone).

 

Presenters:
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Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Logo

Sponsor:
 
 
Student Organization Co-Sponsors:
 
American Constitution Society University of Texas Chapter Thurgood Marshall Legal Society
Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association Youth Court
Street Law  

 

 

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