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Saturday, September 23

8:30am CDT

Justice for All
Indigent defense, bail reform and other ways to ensure fair treatment for the poor

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Josh Hinkle (mod.)

Executive Producer of KXAN’s Investigative Team
Hinkle is the executive producer of KXAN’s duPont and IRE Award-winning investigative team. He also leads the station’s political coverage as an investigative reporter and as the executive producer and host of “State of Texas,” a Sunday morning program covering the Texas Legislature... Read More →

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Deborah Fowler

Executive Director of Texas Appleseed
Fowler heads Texas Appleseed, a nonprofit that focuses on promoting social and economic justice for all Texans. She is a nationally recognized expert in school discipline and juvenile justice issues, having authored three major reports on the school-to-prison pipeline in Texas. Previously... Read More →
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Nathan Hecht

Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court
Hecht was appointed chief justice by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. First elected to the state high court in 1988, he is the longest-serving Texas Supreme Court member in history. He has led the court’s efforts to ensure Texans have access to basic civil legal services and serves... Read More →
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Andrew Murr

State Representative
Murr, R-Junction, has represented House District 53 since 2014. He serves as vice chairman of the House Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility and sits on the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, Local & Consent Calendars, and Ways & Means committees. Murr is a member... Read More →
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Valencia Nash

Dallas County Justice of the Peace
Nash has served as Dallas County’s justice of the peace since 2007. Previously, she served as assistant general counsel for the State of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and as the Texas' solid waste enforcement attorney. Nash has also worked as in-house counsel... Read More →
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Shakira Pumphrey

Executive Director of Just Liberty
Pumphrey leads Just Liberty, a bipartisan coalition advocating for criminal justice reform. Previously, she served as the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition’s first-ever policy director, where she coordinated the organization’s research and policy work. Pumphrey also served as senior... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room

9:50am CDT

The Fight Over Sanctuary Cities Isn't Over
The combustible politics of the year’s most controversial new law

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Julián Aguilar (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Aguilar reports on politics, immigration and border security issues for The Texas Tribune. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. Previously, Aguilar was a staff writer for the Laredo... Read More →

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Dawn Buckingham

State Senator
Buckingham, R-Lakeway, is currently serving her first term representing Senate District 24. She sits on the Senate Health and Human Services, Higher Education, and Veteran Affairs & Border Security committees. Buckingham is a practicing oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon and... Read More →
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Ana Hernandez

State Representative
Hernandez, D-Houston, has represented House District 143 since 2005. She sits on the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, Licensing & Administrative Procedures, and Redistricting Committees. Hernandez works as an attorney at Soto & Hernandez, L.L.P., a Houston-based law firm specializing... Read More →
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Raul Reyes

Mayor of El Cenizo
Reyes has served as head of the city of El Cenizo, located along the U.S.-Mexico border, since 2004. He is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit filed against the state of Texas’ Senate Bill 4, a 2017 law that seeks to penalize law enforcement officials who do not comply with federal... Read More →
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Matt Schaefer

State Representative
Schaefer, R-Tyler, has represented House District 6 since 2013. He sits on the House Corrections and Homeland Security & Public Safety committees and is chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. Previously, he served as director of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn's regional office in Tyler. Schaefer... Read More →
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Charley Wilkison

Executive Director of the Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas
Wilkison has served as executive director of CLEAT since 2014, where he oversees the largest law enforcement officers’ union and legal services provider in Texas. In this role, he manages the organization’s legislative efforts and serves as its chief lobbyist. Previously, Wilkison... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am CDT
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room

11:10am CDT

The Politics of Bathrooms
How the fight in Texas over transgender rights became the latest battlefront in the nation’s culture war

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Alexa Ura (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Ura covers politics and demographics, with an emphasis on the state’s surging Hispanic population. She also covers LGBT issues at the Tribune, where she started as a reporting fellow in 2013. Ura has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Nicole Hudgens

Policy Analyst for Texas Values
Hudgens has been a policy analyst for Texas Values, a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing a culture of family values in Texas, since the start of the 84th Legislative Session. Prior to joining the Texas Values team, Hudgens worked for the Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council... Read More →
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Jessica Shortall

Managing Director of Texas Competes
Shortall leads a coalition of more than 1,200 Texas employers and chambers of commerce advocating an economic case for Texas to adopt a more welcoming approach to LGBTQ issues. Previously, she co-founded The Campus Kitchens Project, a food rescue and hunger relief nonprofit, and served... Read More →
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Ron Simmons

State Representative
Simmons, R-Carrollton, has represented House District 65 since 2012. He sits on the House Appropriations, Local & Consent Calendars and Transportation committees. During the 85th legislative session, Simmons authored a bill to ban cities and school districts from enacting trans-inclusive... Read More →
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Jason Villalba

State Representative
Villalba, R-Dallas, has represented House District 114 since 2013. He sits on the House Business & Industry and Economic & Small Business Development committees. He is founder of the Freshman Delegation, a bipartisan group dedicated to building relationships through the legislative... Read More →
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Lou Weaver

Transgender Programs Coordinator for Equality Texas
Weaver is an advocate for transgender Texans and a prominent activist in Houston’s LGBTQ community. His advocacy has focused on trans health care issues and providing guidance to local law enforcement. Weaver joined Equality Texas in 2016 and is a part of the organization’s Texas... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm CDT
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room

1:45pm CDT

Texas and the Refugee Crisis

Is America’s tradition of compassion for vulnerable populations a relic of the past, done in by concerns about public safety?

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Ayan Mittra (mod.)

Editor of The Texas Tribune
Mittra oversees the Tribune's newsroom, which includes more than 30 journalists who have won multiple state, regional and national awards. He joined the Tribune in 2012 after more than a decade at The Dallas Morning News, where he worked as a copy editor, assistant political editor... Read More →

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A.J. Louderback

Jackson County Sheriff
Louderback is currently serving his third term as sheriff of Jackson County, located along the Texas Gulf Coast. He has served as president of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas, where he worked with the Texas Legislature on border security-related issues, and has spoken statewide... Read More →
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Jo Anne Lyon

Ambassador of The Wesleyan Church
Lyon was ordained as a minister in The Wesleyan Church in 1996, where she currently serves as ambassador. She has participated in several interfaith conferences on the refugee crisis and has advised Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama on humanitarian issues. Additionally, Lyon has... Read More →
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Ali Noorani

Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum
Noorani has led the National Immigration Forum since 2008. Previously, he served as executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Noorani was named a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and, most recently, is the author of There... Read More →
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Mustafa Tameez

Founder & Managing Director at Outreach Strategists
Tameez currently serves as managing director for Outreach Strategists, a global communications and public affairs firm. Previously, he served as a consultant to the Department of Homeland Security, specializing in countering violent extremism. In 2014, Tameez partnered with local... Read More →
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Jessica Vaughan

Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies
Vaughan has been with the Center for Immigration Studies since 1992, where she specializes in immigration policy and operations. She covers topics including visa programs, immigration benefits and immigration law enforcement, and advises state lawmakers and agencies on immigration... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room

3:05pm CDT

Criminal Justice Reform We Can All Agree On
Raise the age, the sealing of records and other policy changes that left and right can get behind

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Jolie McCullough (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
McCullough reports on Texas criminal justice issues and policy for the Tribune. Previously, she worked on the Tribune's data visuals team, and spent four years as a reporter and web developer at the Albuquerque Journal. McCullough also interned at the Arizona Republic before she graduated... Read More →

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Mark Gonzalez

Nueces County District Attorney
Gonzalez was elected district attorney in 2016. Prior to his election, he served as a criminal defense lawyer for eight years and was named 2011 Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year from the Corpus Christi Bar Association. Gonzalez is a graduate of Texas A&M Corpus Christi and St... Read More →
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Marc Levin

Director of the Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime at the Texas Public Policy Foundation
Levin works for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank. He is also an attorney and author on legal and public policy issues who has been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The Texas Review of Law & Politics. Previously, Levin served as a law... Read More →
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Joe Moody

State Representative
Moody, D-El Paso, has represented House District 78 since 2009. He serves as chair of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, vice chair of the General Investigating & Ethics Committee and sits on the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee. Previously, Moody served as a prosecutor... Read More →
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Kim Ogg

Harris County District Attorney
Ogg was elected Harris County District Attorney in 2016, serving as the department’s first Democratic top prosecutor in more than four decades. Previously, she served as chief felony prosecutor in the Harris County DA’s office, as head of Houston’s first Anti-Gang Task Force... Read More →
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Vikrant Reddy

Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Koch Institute
Reddy specializes in criminal justice policy and research at the Koch Institute. Previously, he served as an analyst for the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice and coordinated the Foundation’s national Right on Crime initiative. Reddy is an attorney... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm CDT
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room

4:25pm CDT

Can the Government Really Take Your Stuff?
Yes — thanks most recently to a directive by the U.S. Department of Justice. But the opposition to asset forfeiture rules is only getting stronger

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Maurice Chammah (mod.)

Staff Writer at The Marshall Project
Chammah joined The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focusing on the American criminal justice system, in 2014. He was a finalist for a 2014 Livingston Award for a story on the decline of the death penalty and his work has appeared in The New York Times and The Atlantic... Read More →

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Konni Burton

State Senator
Burton, R-Colleyville, has represented Senate District 10 since 2014. She serves as vice chairwoman of the Senate Administration Committee and sits on the Criminal Justice, Health & Human Services, and Natural Resources & Economic Development committees. Prior to her election, Burton... Read More →
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Harold Eavenson

Rockwall County Sheriff
Eavenson has served as sheriff of Rockwall County since 2001. Prior to his election, he founded and managed Harold Eavenson & Associates, a consulting firm and investigative company. Eavenson also spent 8 years as director of security for InterFirst Bank Dallas, where he oversaw the... Read More →
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Chuy Hinojosa

State Senator
Hinojosa, D-McAllen, has represented Senate District 20 since 2003. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and is a member of the Sunset Advisory Commission. He also serves on the Transportation, Natural Resources & Economic Development, and Agriculture, Water... Read More →
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William Lee Hon

Polk County Criminal District Attorney
Hon has served with the Polk County District Attorney’s office since 1996, when he was first appointed Assistant Criminal District Attorney for the felony division. He was previously a lead appellate counsel for the State and has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas District... Read More →
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Arif Panju

Managing Attorney – Texas Office at the Institute for Justice
Panju litigates economic liberty, First Amendment, property rights and school choice cases for the Institute of Justice. Previously, he served as an attorney at Cantilo & Bennett LLP and as a constitutional law fellow at the Institute of Justice. Panju’s work has been featured in... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm CDT
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room