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Yetter Coleman LLP gives lead gift to create Gregory S. Coleman Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Gregory Scott Coleman, ’92, the law firm Yetter Coleman LLP and members of the Law School community have created the Gregory S. Coleman Memorial Scholarship to honor his many contributions to the field of jurisprudence. Coleman died November 23, 2010, when the plane he was piloting crashed near Destin, Florida.

Coleman was a partner at Yetter Coleman in Austin, and ran the firm’s appellate litigation practice. He successfully represented clients before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals, and numerous state supreme courts and intermediate courts of appeals. He also served as the first solicitor general for the State of Texas, where he was lead appellate counsel for the state.

“Greg was an outstanding lawyer whose dedication to excellence and public service truly exemplified the best of the legal profession,” said Paul Yetter. “He was very proud to have attended the University of Texas Law School and spoke fondly of his time spent as managing editor of the Texas Law Review. We made our gift establishing a memorial scholarship to honor his memory and to ensure that other bright legal minds like Greg’s are supported in their own pursuit of excellence.” 

Coleman graduated from the Law School with high honors in 1992, after receiving a BS and MBA from Texas A&M University.  While at the Law School, Coleman served as managing editor of the Texas Law Review and was elected to Chancellors. Following graduation he was an active member of the Law School community, serving as an adjunct professor and on the board of the Texas Law Review Association—including one term as its president.

“Greg and I were law partners for several years and worked together several times,” said friend and colleague Scott Atlas, ’75. “He was an extraordinarily able appellate lawyer and an honorable, decent human being who was respected by everyone who knew him. The Texas Law Review Association will miss his understated but visionary leadership. Greg loved Texas Law Review. It is fitting that his law firm is creating a scholarship fund that will support the legal scholarship efforts of future generations of law review editors.”

The Scholarship will be given every year to the managing editor, and possibly other editors, of the Texas Law Review in an effort to make up for the loss of internship income incurred by the editorial staff.

If you would like to make a gift in support of the Gregory S. Coleman Memorial Scholarship, please visit the Law School’s Donations Page, and select “Gregory Coleman Memorial Scholarship” from the drop-down menu.

Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications Office, 512-471-7330, or kfortune@law.utexas.edu

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