MEDIA ADVISORY January 30, 2008

Contact: Kim Davey, 800.204.2222 x 1713 or 512.427.1713

TYLA Civil Rights Program to Draw 350 Students to Texas Capitol Thursday

(Austin) – "They Had a Dream Too: Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement" – an award-winning program about how students 50 years ago had a profound impact on shaping current civil rights laws – will draw 350 students from seven Texas high schools to the Texas Capitol tomorrow, Jan. 31.

Highlights include:

10 - 11:30 a.m., Texas Capitol Extension Auditorium (Room E1.004)
Presentations by:
James E. "Pete" Laney, former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives
Justice Carolyn Wright, Fifth District Court of Appeals, Dallas
Norma Cantu, University of Texas School of Law Professor

1:45 - 4 p.m., Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library
Presentation about the role played by then Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson during the height of the civil rights movement The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA), in conjunction with the Austin Young Lawyers Association and the Bell County Young Lawyers Association, will host students from the following schools:
Austin High School, Austin
Belton High School, Belton
Carrizo Springs High School, Carrizo Springs
Fox Tech High School, San Antonio
H. Grady Spruce High School, Dallas
North Shore High School, Houston
Yavneh Academy, Dallas

TYLA's "They Had a Dream Too" is a nationally recognized curriculum project that assists educators, challenges and inspires students, and helps build future leaders. The project is funded by a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. The largest such bar foundation in the country, the Texas Bar Foundation solicits charitable contributions and provides funding to enhance the rule of law and the system of justice in Texas.

All lawyers licensed by the State Bar of Texas who are 36 years old or younger or who are in their first five years of licensure are members of TYLA.