June 29, 2017

Annual Color of Justice Program Held in April

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and Judge Orlinda Naranjo with students at the Color of Justice event.

Program Paves the Way for Diversity

On April 12, 2017, the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) Texas Chair, Judge Orlinda Naranjo, in partnership with the Travis County Women Lawyers Association (TCWLA), and University of Texas School of Law Williams Wayne Justice Center for Public Law, along with sponsoring law firms, Chamberlain McHaney, and Law Office of Liliana Fores, held the tenth annual educational, informative Color of Justice Event for Austin’s youth. Approximately 75 primarily minority students from East Austin College Preparatory, Akins High School, and Martin Middle School were in attendance.

The event also featured two panel discussions with speakers sharing their personal experiences and backgrounds, encouraging the students to pursue a career in law, discussing the importance of personal commitment and perseverance, and the role and importance of lawyers and judges in our society. The first panel, titled “The Color of Justice: Making a Difference,” was led by several esteemed judges: Justice Eva Guzman, Texas Supreme Court; Judge Karen Sage, 299th Criminal Travis County District Court; and Associate Juvenile Judge Texanna Davis. The panel was moderated by Judge Naranjo 419th Travis County District Court.

The second panel, titled “Law as a Career: Preparing the Way” and moderated by Beeral Gupta, Travis County Women Lawyer’s Association, featured professionals, Janice E.   Joseph, Assistant District Attorney, Travis County Attorney’s office, Special Victims Unit; Liliana Fores, Solo Practioner; Rudolph Metayer, Chamberlain McHaney; Rick Flores, Minton, Burton, Bassett & Collins; and Paige Duggins, third year law student.

Judges Orlinda Naranjo and Karen Sage with UT Law student Paige Duggins, recipient of the Access to Justice Scholarship given by NAWJ.

 

As part of the program, University of Texas second year law student Paige Duggins received a $1,000 Access to Justice Scholarship given by NAWJ for her demonstrated and passionate commitment to the achievement of equality of opportunity and access in the justice system. She shared her interest in the law and her leadership role in developing a Race and Ethics program, recipient of the Pro Bono Beacon Award, and her volunteer work with the Youth Court and the INCLUDE Program.