Rev. Michael Pickett

Rev. Michael Pickett serves as the Minister of Music at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, His talents include being pianist, singer, songwriter, workshop clinician, music transcriber, publisher and graphic designer. His gifts have taken him to many cities across the United States, to Europe, and Africa. His gospel compositions can be heard on several national…

Sheila Jackson Lee

4:15-4:30: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee: Reflections on Civil Rights and Introduction of “Unforgettable Lessons in Black History” Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is an influential and forceful voice in Washington. She is serving her eleventh term as a member of the United States House of Representatives. She represents the 18th Congressional District of Texas, centered in…

Senator Rodney Ellis

Senator Rodney Ellis was elected to the Texas Senate in 1990. During his tenure, he has been a leader on economic development, education, civil rights, responsible environmental policy, middle class tax cuts, and criminal justice issues, having passed more than 630 bills. He is the proud founder of the Texas Legislative Internship Program (TLIP). Since…

Dr. Craig Jackson

2:15 – 3:15 Prof. Craig Jackson, TSU School of Law: “Constitutional Law Update and the Supreme Court post Justice Scalia” Craig Jackson is Professor of Law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas.  He studied at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Law, and the Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School…

Mimi Marziani

3:30-4:15 Senator Rodney Ellis and Mimi Marziani: “Voting Rights Update” Mimi Marziani is the new Executive Director of Texas Civil Rights Project. Since its founding, TCRP has become a civil rights leader in Texas and nationally. As the Austin American-Statesman recently reported, TCRP has brought more than 2,300 cases during its twenty-five year tenure — helping…

Craig Jackson

Craig Jackson is Professor of Law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas.  He studied at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Law, and the Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. Professor Jackson has taught International Law, U.S. Foreign Policy and the Constitution,…

Rita Lucido

1:30 – 2:15 Rita Lucido: “Reproductive Rights of Minors in Texas” Houston family law attorney Rita Lucido was licensed in Texas in 1982 and has practiced divorce, custody and family law in the Houston area since 1983, after working with the Texas legislature. Ms. Lucido serves on legal advisory board of Jane’s Due Process. She has…

David Furlow and Andrea White

12:30-1:30 pm  David Furlow and Andrea White: “Emeline”  The story of Emeline, a free woman of color v. Jesse P. Bolls; Historical, social and legal commentary. Pre Civil War, the founder of Houston’s Baker Botts took an important pro bono client whose history was brought back to life by a book by Andrea White and an…