Named for the Law School’s tradition of presenting a sunflower to
senior law students at graduation
The Keeton Fellows Program honors Page Keeton, whose vision as dean in the crucial quarter century after World War II thrust the school into national prominence. His six decades of teaching, his nationally recognized expertise in torts, his work on state and national commissions, and his administrative leadership have left an indelible mark on the formulation and practice of law, and on UT Law School.
Tom Clark was the first UT Law grad to become a Supreme Court Justice. He served as U. S. Attorney General for 5 years and as Supreme Court Justice from 1949-1967. Clark was a champion for judicial reform. Clark worked with legal organizations to stimulate improvements in court procedures, rule making, and in-service judicial education. He helped to establish the Federal Judicial Center and served as its first director from 1968 to 1970.
Alice Sheffield was the second woman to ever graduate from UT Law School, and the first female graduate to actively practice law. She enjoyed a long and successful career in the legal department of the Gulf Oil Corporation. Mrs. Sheffield was a great philanthropist and provided funds to establish numerous chairs, professorships and scholarships at the Law School.
The Charles Alan Wright Society honors a man who, without question, was UT Law School's most eminent faculty member. Professor Wright was the nation's foremost authority on the federal courts and one of its greatest constitutional theorists and practitioners. In the words of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Charles Alan Wright was “like a colossus...at the summit of our profession.”