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Law, Community, and Social Justice Conference

Diversity of Donors • Diversity of Spaces • Diversity of Art • Diversity of Perspective


Join artists, government officials, and academics for discussions on art, law, community, and social justice, as well as the scholarship of the late Professor Michael A. Olivas. Following the panel presentations, tour the artwork and named spaces at the
University of Houston John M. O'Quinn Law Building.

University of Houston Law Center
John M O'Quinn Law Building

4170 Martin Luther King Blvd
Houston, TX 77204-6060

Danny M. Sheena Courtroom; RM 102

 Friday, Sept. 22, 2023
9:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. Central
In-Person and Virtual

Reception and tours of art and the building to follow


Conference Program

Approved for 5 hours of Texas CLE Credit


*Schedule and speakers are subject to change

9:45AM-10:00AM Welcome

Leonard M. Baynes
Dean, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen
Distinguished Chair, and Professor of Law

10:00AM-11:00AM Panel 1: the Community and Social Justice

Moderator: Jeronimo Cortina
Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Director of Faculty Research Initiatives at Population Health
University of Houston

State Sen. Royce West, Texas Senate District 23
State Rep. Armando Walle, Texas House District 140
State Rep. Jolanda Jones, Texas House District 14

11:00AM-11:15AM Break
11:15AM-12:30PM Panel 2: Art and Social Justice

Ryan Dennis, former Curator and Programs Director at Project Row House

Rick Lowe
Professor of Interdisciplinary Practice
Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts
University of Houston
Kaneem Smith, Laborscape
Adriana Corral, Latitudes
Luis Alvarez Roure, Olivas/Reyes Portrait
Vincent Valdez

12:30PM-1:00PM Break

Luncheon Speaker: Art, the Community and Social Justice


Carlotta Ramirez
Museum Counsel
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1:45PM-2:00PM Break
2:00PM-3:45PM Panel 3: Celebration of the Scholarship and Career of William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law (Emeritus) Michael Olivas: Art, the Community, and Social Justice

Moderator: Sandra Guerra Thompson, Newell H. Blakely Professor of Law


Norma Cantu
Professor of Law and Education
University of Texas

Rachel Moran
Professor of Law
Texas A&M University

Thomas A. Saenz
President and General Counsel
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Cheryl Wade
Dean Harold McNeice Professor of Law
St. John’s University School of Law


Reception and Tours of art and spaces at John M. O’Quinn Law Building


University of Houston Law Center

4170 Martin Luther King Blvd
Houston, TX 77204-6060

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