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January 19, 2010

Robin Steinberg, founder and executive director of the Bronx Defenders, to speak on indigent defense and social justice

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Robin Steinberg, founder and executive director of the Bronx Defenders

The University of Texas School of Law’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law and Career Services Office will present speaker Robin Steinberg, founder and executive director of the Bronx Defenders, on Tuesday, February 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Sheffield Room at the Law School.

Steinberg will speak from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. about holistic criminal justice and transforming the role of the public defender. From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., she will speak about her life in the law. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Audience members may attend one or both sessions.

Steinberg is a leader and a pioneer in the field of indigent defense. A 1982 graduate of New York University School of Law, Steinberg has been a public defender her entire career. Starting as a criminal trial lawyer with the Legal Aid Society, continuing her career as a founding member and deputy director of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, and creating the Bronx Defenders in 1997, she has extensive experience in every aspect of public defense—from representing individual clients to creating a nonprofit organization. The Bronx Defenders is committed to working with clients, their families, and their communities to address the critical issues that circumscribe their lives. Whether defending a client’s liberty, connecting people to mental health services for the first time, encouraging individuals to engage in the civic life of their community, or preparing neighborhood youth to be the next generation of leaders, the Bronx Defenders strives to improve the lives and futures of the Bronx community as a whole.

Steinberg’s talk is part of the William Wayne Justice Center and Career Services Office’s occasional “Lives in the Law” speaker series, which focuses on the work of lawyers who strive to improve the lives of others through litigation, advocacy, and public service.

The talk is cosponsored by UT Law’s American Journal of Criminal Law, Criminal Law Association, Human Rights Law Society, and the Public Interest Law Association.


Mary Crouter, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, 512-232-7855,