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Law School helps launch Travis County Model Court Education Advocacy Pilot Project

The Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law and Children’s Rights Clinic have helped develop a multi-stakeholder pilot education reform project focused on youth entering the child welfare system in Travis County. The Education Advocacy Pilot Project, an initiative of the Travis County Model Court for Children and Families, launched last week and will continue through the 2012–2013 school year.


Pro Bono Program Director Tina Fernandez, left, and Meg Clifford, '12, a research fellow for a new "School to Prison Pipeline" project at the Law School.

Meg Clifford, ’12, joins Justice Center as “School-to-Prison Pipeline” project research fellow

The Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law is partnering with the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) to fund a two-year research fellow to work on a new “School-to-Prison Pipeline” project. Meg Clifford, ’12, has been selected for the position.


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Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens reviews Professor Sanford Levinson’s new book, Framed: America’s Fifty-one Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance, in the New York Review of Books

John Paul Stevens, who retired in 2010 after serving as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court for thirty-four years, , has written an extensive review of Professor Sanford Levinson’s latest book, Framed: America’s Fifty-one Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance (Oxford University Press, 2012), in the October 11, 2012, edition of The New York Review of Books.


Painting of Sir George Wood by James Lonsdale, circa 1816, from the Hyder Collection in the Tarlton Law Library.

Hyder Collection finds a permanent home at the Law School

For more than half a century, students at the Law School have enjoyed the Hyder Collection—thousands of legal-related art pieces on semi-permanent loan and displayed throughout the school that, in addition to their aesthetic value, have served to provide a social and historical context for the study of the law. Now, thanks to the efforts of many, a large part of that collection has found a permanent home at the school.


Shakespeare and the Law: Scenes and a panel on legal issues in The Merchant of Venice, September 28, 2012

Actors from Spirit of Shakespeare, a University of Texas student organization, will perform scenes from The Merchant of Venice as part of a panel discussion titled “Is that the Law?: Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice,” on Friday, September 28, 2012, in the Eidman Courtroom at the University of Texas School of Law from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas School of Law.


John Massey

John H. Massey, ’66, elected president of the University of Texas Law School Foundation Board of Trustees

The University of Texas Law School Foundation Board of Trustees announces the election of John H. Massey, ’66, of Dallas and Columbus, Texas as its new president. Mr. Massey assumed the presidency on September 1, 2012.


“Whither American Conservatism” conference to take place at the Law School, September 14–15, 2012

Professor Sanford Levinson, W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood Jr. Centennial Chair in Law, has organized a conference in conjunction with the American Society of Political and Legal Philosophy (ASPLP), “Whither American Conservatism.” The conference will take place at the Law School on Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September 15.


Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law to hold symposium on “The Dark Side of Entertainment and Sports Law,” September 7, 2012

The Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law’s fourth annual symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on September 7, 2012, in the Eidman Courtroom at the University of Texas School of Law. This year’s topic is “The Dark Side of Entertainment and Sports Law.”


Salima Pirmohamed, 2012 Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellow.

Summer Fellowship Stories

Every summer, UT Law students carry out public-interest legal work thanks to fellowships funded by donations to the Law School and administered by the Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law. We will be adding more stories about our Summer 2012 Fellows and the work they did over the coming weeks.


Justice Bret Busby and Cooke Kelsey at the First Court of Appeals in Houston.

Full-Court Press

Each summer, a large contingent of UT Law students take to the courts, interning with state appellate and federal judges in Texas and across the country.