Getting Radical In The South (GRITS)- ACS Student Chapters Texas Regional Convening
October 14 - 15, 2016
Friday, 1:00 PM - Saturday, 4:30 PM
Event Location:
The University of Texas School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton
Austin, TX 78705
Getting Radical in the South (GRITS) - ACS Student Chapters Texas Regional Convening at The University of Texas School of Law
GRITS is a student-run public interest law conference that focuses on the difficulties and constraints inherent to social justice work in the South, and the unique strategies that legal practitioners and other public interest workers have developed to meet those needs. The conference emphasizes innovative, progressive, and even radical approaches to building community among students, practitioners, and community activists in the South to bring about social change. 

The conference is an opportunity for law students, lawyers, and activists to build coalitions, share strategies for progressive lawyering, and develop new approaches for the future. 
2016 Schedule 

Friday, October 14 
  • 1:00 pm – Welcome Reception 
  • 2:00-2:45 pm – Registration 
  • 3:00 pm – Grasping at the Roots: Social Movement Lawyering 
  • 4:30 pm – Keynote Address: Derwyn Bunton, Chief District Defender, Orleans Public Defenders 
  • 6:00 pm – Meet & Greet Reception 

Saturday, October 15 

  • 8:00 am – Breakfast 
  • 9:00 am – Welcome 
  • 9:30 am – Direct Representation in the South
  • 11:00 am – Breakout sessions 
    • Children’s Rights in the South 
    •  Implicit Bias Training 
    •  Faith-based Lawyering & Activism 

  • 12:00 pm – Lunch Discussion on State Court Diversity (Gavel Gap)
  • 1:30 pm – Dismantling Institutional Discrimination & Economic Justice 
  • 3:00 pm – Keynote Address: Collette Flanagan, Founder, Mothers Against Police Brutality 
  • 4:30 pm – Closing remarks 

For more information and to register, please go to 

The University of Texas School of Law ACS Student Chapter will co-host this convening

Presented by ACS Chapter(s):
The University of Texas School of Law
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