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Bill Beardall is the Executive Director of the Equal Justice Center (EJC), a non-profit law office and employment justice organization with offices in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas. He is also a clinical professor of law at the University of Texas Law School, where he teaches and supervises the innovative Transnational Worker Rights Clinic, which is operated as a partnership between the Law School and the Equal Justice Center. Mr. Beardall’s law practice centers primarily around representation of low-wage and immigrant working people – regardless of their immigration status – recovering unpaid and underpaid compensation for their labor. Mr. Beardall has practiced as a public interest employment lawyer for low-income working people since 1978. From 1978-84 he was a staff attorney and managing attorney at Texas Rural Legal Aid, representing migrant workers in rural West Texas. From 1984-2000 he served as Director of the Migrant Worker Division of Texas Rural Legal Aid. In 2000-2001 Mr. Beardall was Legal Director for Texas Appleseed where he led a statewide coalition campaign that enacted landmark legislation reforming Texas’ notoriously backward indigent criminal defense practices. In 2001 he founded the Equal Justice Center and in 2004 the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic – both devoted to building a new legal action infrastructure in Texas that can ensure access to the justice system for all low-income working men and women in our emerging transnational labor markets. A 1978 graduate of the Harvard Law School, and a 1975 graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, Mr. Beardall has been widely recognized for his experience and expertise in low-wage employment rights and reform of public justice systems. In 1997 he was awarded a Harvard Law School Wasserstein Fellowship which honors outstanding public interest lawyers in the U.S. and in 2000 he received the John Minor Wisdom Award from the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, recognizing his career as a leading advocate for low-income working people. His work was also honored in 2008 with the Texas Law Fellowship’s Excellence in Public Interest award; in 2009 with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from Rhodes College; and in 2012 with Harvard Law School’s Gary Bellow Award.

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