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Community Development Clinic Student Attorney Allison Schmitz consults with Ranch Vista residents during one of their weekly meetings.

Developing Community

UT Law’s Community Development Clinic has been helping residents of Rancho Vista, a small colonia outside San Marcos, secure title to their homes, set up a nonprofit corporation to aid with home repairs, and prepare legislation that would make it easier for them to qualify for a homestead exemption.

Malpractice lawsuits study by Professors Bill Sage and Charles Silver cited in the New York Times

A study cowritten by two Law School professors, William Sage and Charles Silver, “Do the Elderly Fare in Medical Malpractice Litigation, Before and After Tort Reform? Evidence from Texas, 1988-2007,” was cited in a recent New York Times article about the effects of Texas’s tort reform laws on lawyers and patients.

Thank You, Houston!

On December 10, 2010, the Law School hosted a gathering to thank donors in the Houston area for their generosity—over the years they have collectively donated $73 million to support students, faculty, and programs. Here are some pictures from the party.

Justice Jane Bland, ’90, receives William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence

Justice Jane Bland, ’90, of the First Court of Appeals of Texas has been named recipient of the 2010 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).

Opinion: Lynn Blais in the Austin American-Statesman on a Texas Supreme Court decision that limits public access to Texas beaches

Lynn Blais, Leroy G. Denman Jr. Regents Professor in Real Property Law, wrote in a recent Austin American-Statesman op-ed that the Texas Supreme Court’s Nov. 5 decision in Severance v. Patterson could soon make most of Texas’s coast off-limits to the public.

Opinion: Steve Bickerstaff on the criminal conviction of Tom DeLay in the Austin American-Statesman and Houston Chronicle

The Austin American-Statesman and Houston Chronicle have published an op-ed written by Steve Bickerstaff, an adjunct professor who teaches election law at the Law School, about the recent criminal conviction of former U.S. Representative Tom DeLay.

Professor Scot Powe is a featured author at the Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair, December 11, 2010

Constitutional law scholar Luca A. “Scot” Powe will sign copies of his book, The Supreme Court and the American Elite, at the Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair on Saturday, December 11, 2010.

Strauss Center presents “Transatlantic Relations in the New Decade,” a talk by Klaus Scharioth, German Ambassador to the U.S., December 2, 2010

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law invites you to a talk, “Transatlantic Relations in the New Decade,” presented by Dr. Klaus Scharioth, German ambassador to the United States, on Thursday, December 2, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. in the LBJ Library Brown Room, 10th Floor.

Daniel B. Rodriguez

Podcast: “Same Sex Marriage in the U.S.: Anatomy of a Legal Controversy,” presented by Professor Daniel B. Rodriguez

Professor Dan Rodriguez discusses gay marriage litigation from the last decade and previews potential outcomes of California’s Proposition 8 case.

Ninth Circuit oral arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger—the challenge to California’s Proposition 8—broadcast live, Monday, December 6, 2010, at noon

Oral arguments in Kristin M. Perry, et al. v. Arnold Schwarzenegger, et al. will be heard by a panel of three judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday, December 6, 2010, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time, noon Central. The panel has given consent for live broadcast of the proceeding and the Law School will make this broadcast available in room 5.206 of the Susman Academic Center in Jones Hall. Refreshments will be available.