Civil Rights and Environmental Justice
November 10, 2016
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Event Location:
The University of Texas School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton
Austin, TX 78705
  
Details: Civil Rights and Environmental Justice: how a low-income, historically black community achieved a multi-million dollar civil rights settlement to mitigate longstanding environmental injustice along Corpus Christi’s industrial ship channel

Facing construction of a major highway through their neighborhoods, residents of Corpus Christi’s Hillcrest and Washington Coles neighborhoods formed the Citizens Alliance for Fairness and Progress. Members of the Alliance joined a pending civil rights complaint filed by the UT Law Environmental Clinic and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. Their organizing efforts, along with support from Texas Low Income Housing Information Services and The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, resulted a landmark civil rights settlement. Alliance members will discuss the segregation and environmental injustice at the root of the civil rights complaint and their ongoing efforts to provide remedies for their community.

Panelists:
Rose Cornelius, Errol Summerlin, Lamont Taylor – Board Members, Citizens’ Alliance for Fairness and Progress
Melissa Beeler – Community Planner, Texas Low Income Housing Information Services
Moderator: Kelly Haragan, Director of the UT Law Environmental Clinic

Cosponsored by:
The UT Law Environmental Clinic, Environmental Law Society, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association, If/When/How, Public Interest Law Association, and the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society

Lawyer Chapter(s):
 
Student Chapters:
The University of Texas School of Law