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Change It Up! 2020 - August 28 and September 11

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An event for new & returning students exploring lawyering for social change, including an inspiring keynote, alumni panel, and networking.

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Join us for an event for new and returning students exploring lawyering for social change, including an inspiring keynote address, an alumni panel, and opportunities to connect with like-minded students, faculty, staff and attorneys.

This year, Change It Up! will take place over two afternoons, the keynote address on Friday, August 28 and an alumni panel and student breakout sessions on Friday, September 11 – all via Zoom. Please RSVP for each date separately.

Part I Program:

Friday, August 28

2:00 Welcome and Introductions

Welcome: Eden Harrington, Associate Dean for Experiential Education, and Simon Lu, 3L and Karen Sova, 3L, student co-leads

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Jack Winfrey, 2L

Keynote: Adeola Ogunkeyede, Chief Public Defender of Travis County, Austin, Texas

2:15 Keynote Address

2:35 Q&A

2:55 Closing

3:00 – 3:30 Additional Informal Discussion with Keynote Speaker

Part II Program:

Friday, September 11

2:00 Student Experience

Welcome and remarks from 2L and 3L speakers

2:10 Alumni Panel

Moderator: Lawson Konvalinka, Career Counselor, Career Services Office


Marissa Balonon-Rosen, '19, New Hampshire Public Defender, Manchester, NH

Jessica Cisneros, '18, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Laredo, TX

Taylor Loynd, '19, Georgia Legal Services Program, Atlanta, GA

Gus Maxwell, '19, Honors Program, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Washington, DC

2:55 Segue to breakouts

3:00 – 3:30 Breakout sessions with 2Ls and 3Ls


Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights, Budd Innocence Center, Capital Punishment Center, and Career Services Office

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