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Accessible Justice: A Symposium on Emerging Issues in Disability Rights
Thursday, March 28, 2024 – Friday March 29, 2024
University of Texas School of Law and online via Eventbrite
727 E Dean Keeton St.

Austin, Texas 78705

Registration Required

Please register in advance for this conference on EventBrite.

Texas Law students, faculty, and staff may attend this conference for free and only need to register through EventBrite with Code HOOKEM. Public Interest Attorneys can use PIDISCOUNT for 50% off of the conference fee.

CLE Accreditation: This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 3 credit hours, of which .5 credit hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit.

Conference Dinner with Texas Law Students
5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Author Panel: 
Dr. Angelica Guevara | Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business
Christopher Ligatti | Attorney at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Dr. Illias Bantekas | Professor of Transnational Law at Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Joshua Alpert | Law Student and Advocacy Chair for Harvard Law’s Disabled Law Students Association
Aidan O’Brien | Law Student and Co-Founder of Oregon Law Students Aligned Against Ableism
Moderator: Caroline Livingston | Law student, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2024
Lunch and A Conversation on the History of the Disability Rights Movement
12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Cabo Bobs will be served to all in-person guests and Clinical Professor Lia Sifuentes Davis will give a presentation on the history of the Disability Rights Movement.
Opening Reception & Remarks
12:50 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
Panel: Disability Across Borders: How U.S. Law Can and Does Uplift Immigrants with Disabilities [A panel in coordination with the Texas Hispanic Journal]
1:00 p.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Professor Elizabeth Jordan | Director, Immigration Law & Policy Clinic at Sturm College of Law
Ruby Ritchin | Staff Attorney, Children’s Rights
Hilda Torres | Research Program Coordinator at the Texas Center for Disability Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
Lucia Romano | Supervising Attorney, Disability Rights Texas
Moderator: Christian Sanchez | Managing Attorney, Texas Immigration Law Council
Accessible Chair Yoga
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Panel: An ADAdvocate’s Guide to Employment Law [A panel in coordination with the Plaintiff’s Advocacy & Litigation Society]
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Meredith Weaver | Fellowship Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates
Hannah Walsh | Employment Rights Helpline Attorney, Equip for Equality
Lydia X. Z. Brown | Disability Justice Advocate
Moderator: Brian East | Adjunct Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Panel: Our Bodies, Our Futures: Joint Aims of Reproductive Justice and Disability Rights [A panel in coordination with If/When/How
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Professor Alison Kafer | Associate Professor, Director of LGBTQ Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
Natalie Chin | Co-Director, Disability and Aging Justice Clinic, City University School of Law
Elio McCabe | Policy Manager, Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network
Moderator: Christina Ramirez | Criminal Defense Lead, Sissy Farenthold Reproductive Justice Defense Project at the Bernard and Audre Rapport Center for Human Rights and Justice
Closing Remarks
5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
Thank you

Special thanks to those who helped put together this conference:

Dean Elizabeth Bangs
Lia Sifuentes Davis
Maryn Rolfson
Beebs Hartzell

Please contact the TJCLCR Conference Editor at with any questions about this year’s conference.