2013-14 Events

Spring 2014

Happy Hour with Judge Livingston: The Effects of Money on Judicial Decision Making – Tues. 4/22/2014 5:30pm at Salty Sow
Featuring the Honorable Lora Livingston of the 261st Civil District Court.

Coffee with Lenzi Sheible of Fund Texas Women – Wed. 4/2/2014 4pm at JP’s Java Coffee and conversation with Lenzi Sheible, founder of Fund Texas Women, an organization that seeks to maintain access to abortion services for Texas women.

Victory in Farmer’s Branch: Lunch with MALDEF’s Nina Perales – Tues. 4/1/2014 11:50am in 2.124 Co-sponsored with ALG, HRLS, PILA, and THJLP for a discussion about MALDEF’s victory in fighting against Farmers Branch, Texas’s lengthy series of attempts to unconstitutionally regulate immigrants who seek to live in Farmers Branch. Featuring MALDEF’s Vice President of Litigation, Nina Perales, who argued the case successfully in the Fifth Circuit.

Reframing the Constitution – Lunch with Professors Levinson and Sager – Wed. 3/26/2014 1:15pm in 2.123 Professors Sanford Levinson and Lawrence Sager discussing a progressive view of the Constitution and how it has changed—and continues to change—the legal landscape.

Watching the Watchers: Cell Phones, Big Data, and the Fourth Amendment – Wed. 3/19/2014 1pm in JON 5.257 Featuring Professors Ahmed Ghappour and George Dix, as well as Matthew Simpson from ACLU of Texas.

Career and Transition to Being a Judge: A Conversation with Judge Fitzgerald – Tues. 3/6/2014 11:50am in 2.123 Featuring Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Co-sponsored with the Texas Federalist Society.

Mass Incarceration: Race, Community, Confinement – Thurs. 2/27/2014 12pm in 3.126
Co-sponsored with AJCL, ALG, CHLSA, HRLS, PILA, and TMLS. Featuring Jennifer Erschabek, Executive Director of Texas Inmate Family Association, and Ana Yanez-Correa, Exectuve Director of Texas Criminal Justice Coalition.

Winter Happy Hour with ACS Austin Lawyer Chapter – Wed. 2/19/2014 5pm at Dog & Duck Pub

Trayvon Martin: The Inextricable Tangle of Race, Law, and Justice in America – Fri. 2/7/2014 at 1pm in 2.138
Featuring Professor Ekow Yankah of Cardozo School of Law.

Fall 2013
Swimming Upstream in Texas: 2013 ACS Texas Regional Convening – Sat. 11/9/2013 10-5pm at UT Law Convening of ACS students, practitioners, and professors from across the state for an afternoon of networking and discussion about progressive lawyering in Texas.

ACS Halloween Eve Happy Hour – Wed. 10/30 5-7pm at Scholz Garten
Happy hour with the Austin Lawyer Chapter, sponsored by Conner & Winters, LLP.

Creating a Progressive Pipeline, Featuring ACS VP of Network Advancement Sarah Knight – Thurs. 10/17/2013 12-1pm ACS-UT Law’s inaugural monthly member call with Sarah Knight discussing the ACS network, projects underway at National, and how students can take advantage of the support and insight of the network of professionals and policymakers.

Where Have All the Judges Gone?: How the Judicial Vacancy Crisis Could Imperil the Rule of Law – Thurs. 10/10/2013 11:45-12:45pm in 3.125 Discussion on the impact of the vacancies in the federal judiciary on the rule of law, and what the legal community can do to remedy the problem. Co-sponsored by the ACS Austin Lawyer Chapter.

Constitutional War Powers: U.S. Involvement in Syria? – Mon. 9/16/2013 1:15-2:15pm in 2.138 Featuring UT Law Professor and National Security expert Robert Chesney for a Constitution Day event.

Welcome Back Happy Hour – Fri. 9/13/2013 5-7pm at Professor Blais’s homeWelcome back happy hour at the home of Professor Lynn Blais with students and attorneys.