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Annual Conference on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights
Light breakfast before panels & box lunches after.
Access Issues Here In Austin
Friday, March 1, 2019
8:30am to 1:00pm
Jamail Pavilion & Eidman Courtroom
University of Texas School of Law
727 E Dean Keeton St, Austin, TX 78705
CLE credit available.
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Each attendee must separately register by
Fri., Feb. 22, 2019.
*Registration extended through Thursday, 2/28!*
*View updated agenda below*
9:05 – 10:05 a.m.
Moderator: Katy Dyer | Clinical Professor at Texas Law | Show bio
Dyer is a clinical professor in the University of Texas Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic, where she teaches a classroom seminar and supervises students representing clients in misdemeanor criminal cases. Previously, Ms. Dyer was a public defender at The Bronx Defenders and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. At The Bronx Defenders, she represented clients in all aspects of misdemeanor and felony criminal litigation, including arraignments, bail applications, investigation, motion practice, grand jury presentations, plea negotiations, pre-trial hearings, and trials within a team of criminal, civil, and family attorneys, social workers, and other advocates to provide holistic and client-centered advocacy. She trained and supervised lawyers in their criminal defense practice. Prior to joining UT, Ms. Dyer served the Director of Holistic Defense at the Capital Area Private Defender Service in Travis County, Texas, where she designed and implemented investigation, social work, and immigration programming resources for court-appointed attorneys. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law.
| Statewide Coordinator for Texas Advocates for Justice at Grassroots Leadership | Show bio
Annette was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana and moved to Texas is 2007. She was released from Illinois Department of Corrections in 2005 after serving 20 years and in 2008, was granted an early release from parole. Annette graduated from Grand Canyon University with a double masters in Professional Counseling and Substance Abuse Counseling. Today, Annette works for Grassroots Leadership as the Statewide Coordinator for Texas Advocates for Justice, leading two organizations on a mission to end mass incarceration in Texas. Annette has been involved with reentry programs to assist those with criminal justice involvement since 2016 as the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable (A/TCRRT) Fellow. As part of her fellowship, Annette participated in writing a Housing Guide for Apartment Managers, released in April 2018. Annette said, “As an African American woman with criminal justice involvement, I have faced many barriers to successful reentry such as housing and sustainable employment. I am passionate about systemic change as it relates to the transformation of those with lived experiences.”
| Senior Reporter, The Intercept | Show bio
Smith is a state and national award-winning investigative journalist based in Austin, Texas. She has covered criminal justice for 20 years and, during that time, has developed a reputation as a resourceful and dogged reporter with a talent for analyzing complex social and legal issues. She is regarded as one of the best investigative reporters in Texas. A long time staff writer for the Austin Chronicle, her work has also appeared in The Nation, the Crime Report, and Salon, among other places.
| Senior Legal Counsel, The Justice Collaborative | Show bio
Strassburger was a public defender for thirteen years. She started her career at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and transitioned to The Bronx Defenders where she was both a staff attorney and later a Team Leader. Trudy later spent three and a half years as deputy director for a managed assigned counsel program in Travis County, Texas where she instituted policies and training programs to improve the quality of indigent defense. She also started The Forensic Project after the closure of Austin’s DNA Lab. Trudy obtained her B.A. from Colorado College and a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Uprooted: Gentrification, Displacement, and Austin’s Growing Affordable Housing Crisis
10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Moderator: Heather K. Way | Clinical Professor at Texas Law | Show bio
Heather Way is on the faculty at The University of Texas School of Law where she serves as a clinical professor and the director of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. Heather has more than 20 years of experience working on the creation of equitable and inclusive communities, with a focus on gentrification, problem properties, informal housing, land title issues, and housing preservation. Her work has included the development of state and local policy innovations and creation of numerous laws to improve living conditions in lower-income communities, expand fair housing, and increase access to affordable housing. At UT, Heather is the co-founder of the Opportunity Forum, an interdisciplinary collaborative of UT faculty working to foster the expansion of equitable opportunities for low-income Texans. Heather’s publications include a recently-released report for the City of Austin on gentrification and displacement and Real Property for the Real World, a book of hands-on case studies for property law students. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including the Faculty Excellence in Public Interest Award from Texas Law Fellowships. On the weekends, she can be found driving around her teenage sons and running and hiking Austin’s many trails.
| Project Director of Building and Strengthening Tenant Action (BASTA), Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) | Show bio
Krieger is the Project Director of Building and Strengthening Tenant Action (BASTA) at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA). BASTA organizes Austin renters to work with their neighbors to ensue that all Austinites have access to safe and affordable housing by facilitating the development of tenant associations and supporting those associations with legal representation. BASTA targets slumlords who profit off of renting substandard properties the conditions of which negatively impact the health of families. Shoshana also served on the City of Austin’s 2018 Anti-Displacement Task Force. Prior to her work at BASTA, Shoshana was a staff attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) for four years. Shoshana graduated UCLA in 2011 with a joint degree in law and urban planning. While at UCLA, she focused her studies on community and economic development, housing, and food policy. Prior to graduate school, Shoshana worked as a tenants rights’ organizer at Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) in New York where she advocated for the rights of project-based Section 8 tenants and spearheaded GOLES’s land-use and planning campaigns.
| President, Austin NAACP | Show bio
Linder was elected as the President of the Austin NAACP in 2000. Linder has been interviewed on CNN, BET, the Washington Post, and local media all over the state of Texas. His work on Police brutality has received national applause and recognition. His critical role in establishing the African American Quality of Life Initiative in 2005, led to the creation of the African American Resource Advisory Commission in 2006 by the city of Austin. He also has done important work on eradicating disparities in education and economics. He has published articles entitled unfinished business, the empowerment mode and the price of non-conformance, the need for police oversight and the fatal effects of discrimination. He was also a member of the city charter commission that paved the way for the current 10-1 political system. He has compared his work to a crusade and believes that valuable lessons learned from the past are the key to the future of the human rights movement.
| Policy Director and Counsel, Office of Austin City Council Member Gregorio Casar | Show bio
Stephanie Trinh is the Policy Director and Counsel for Austin Council Member Greg Casar. Stephanie works on various issues that affect low income residents, such as affordable housing, displacement, planning, and transportation. Previously, Stephanie was a staff attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid where she represented clients facing displacement, evictions, and poor housing conditions.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Moderator: Keegan Warren-Clem | Founding Director of Austin Medical-Legal Partnership | Show bio
Warren-Clem, J.D., LL.M., is the founding director of Austin Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP). Through Austin MLP she works collaboratively with healthcare providers to improve health outcomes through legal assistance for patients and legal education for both patients and providers. Keegan also challenges local pediatric residents to explore connections between health, poverty, and unmet legal needs as part of the community pediatrics rotation. She frequently speaks and writes on the health-harming legal needs, the Affordable Care Act, medical privacy, and public health law. Complementing recent publications on public health law and policy, and the use of population health norms to understand outcomes of legal interventions, Keegan’s current research is on collaborative clinical policy-making in the wake of natural disasters. She is admitted to practice in Texas and is a member of the State Bar College, an honorary society of lawyers. Keegan earned her LL.M. in Health Law and Policy as the inaugural Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University MLP LLM Fellow, her J.D. from The University of Texas, and her B.A. from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Pritesh Ghandhi, MD, MPH
| Associate Chief Medical Officer & Director of Adult Medicine, People’s Community Clinic | Show bio
Dr. Ghandi is the Associate CMO & Director of Adult Medicine with a clinical appointment at Dell Medical School. He works on community-facing projects with Texas Law Professor Keegan Warren-Clem. He recently organized a white-coat protest in Tornillo, Texas against the Trump administration’s separation policy and is a community advocate for working families & children.
Dr. Celia Neavel, MD
| Director of Adolescent Health, People’s Community Clinic | Show bio
Dr. Neavel is the Director of Adolescent Health. With the support of the PCC, he established the PCC’s Center for Adolescent Health (CAH) and the PCC’s GOALS program over twenty years ago. The CAH serves youth aged ten to twenty-four who often have complex medical and psychosocial conditions. The GOALS program—which involves the Pediatric, Adolescent, and Integrated Behavioral Health Departments at PCC—provides, within the context of a medical home, evaluation, ongoing treatment, and referral as necessary to youth aged four to nineteen who have learning, developmental, and behavioral problems that interfere with school success. Dr. Neavel is also Medical Director of PCC’s clinic at SAFE Children’s Shelter and the Manor Mustang Clinic.
Dr. Sharad Kohli, MD
| Adult & Adolescent Medicine Physician, People’s Community Clinic | Show bio
Dr. Kohli is an adult and adolescent medicine physician. He is currently developing an integrative pain-management program. As part of the program, he and Texas Law Professor Keegan Warren-Clem work on an interprofessional team that helps patients’ improve their quality of life and functioning. Dr. Kohli is also a board member of the national nonprofit Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US), a multidisciplinary organization committed to affordable, accessible integrative health for all. He also sits on the board of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) which consists of leaders of various integrative health fields working to affect policy change promoting health and well-being nationwide.
This year’s sponsors
Special thanks to those who helped put together this conference.
Joshua Brody, TJCLCR Conference Editor
Katherine Moody, TJCLCR Conference Committee Member
Laura Moedano, TJCLCR Conference Committee Member
Ross Van De Kop, AJCL Managing Editor
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