The Texas Law Review will hold its annual symposium, on “Constitutional Foundations,” will take place at the University of Texas School of Law on February 15–16, 2013. The Texas Law Review has partnered with Professors Alexander Tsesis, of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Sanford Levinson, of the University of Texas School of Law, to host a symposium that will bring together several of the most renowned constitutional scholars to debate the interpretation of U.S. constitutional law.
The Law School’s clinics were honored February 6, 2013, during the halftime of the University of Texas at Austin Women’s Basketball team’s game against Iowa State University.
Professor Linda Mullenix previews American Express class-action appeal before Supreme Court arguments
Professor Linda Mullenix, Morris & Rita Atlas Chair in Advocacy, has written an article in the American Bar Association’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases previewing the issues and arguments in American Express Corp. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, et al. (PDF link), for which the Supreme Court will hear arguments on February 27, 2013.
UT Law Interscholastic Mock Trial Team wins John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition for second time in three years
The Law School’s Interscholastic Mock Trial Team has won the national championship in the 2013 John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition. The law students who won the national championship are advocates Will Clark and Maryssa Simpson; witness Alex Hughes; and alternate Brandan Montminy, all third-year students. This is the second time in three years the UT Law Interscholastic Team has won the Costello competition. The Law School team also won in 2011.
On Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the University of Texas at Austin will host “the biggest open house in Texas”—Explore UT. This annual event is a hands-on introduction to the University to schoolchildren from kindergarten through high school through a variety of events, performances, lectures, exhibits, and other activities.
Jordan Steiker, Judge Robert M. Parker Chair in Law and Co-Director of the Capital Punishment Center, has written a preview of McQuiggin v. Perkins, a federal habeas case scheduled to be argued the week of February 25, 2013, at the Supreme Court, at SCOTUSblog.
The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law recently received a three-year, $150,000 grant from the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation. The grant launched the Frances T. “Sissy” Farenthold Archives Project, which will document Farenthold’s contributions to Texas and U.S. politics, the women’s peace movement, and international human rights and justice.
Lives in the Law: Vanita Gupta of the ACLU to speak on criminal justice reform and over-incarceration March 19, 2013
On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the University of Texas School of Law’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law and Career Services Office will present speaker Vanita Gupta, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union and director of the ACLU’s National Campaign to End Overincarceration. Gupta has been involved in several significant Texas cases.
Mexican Senator Ninfa Salinas to lecture on “The Past, Present, and Future State of the Environmental and Energy Sectors in Mexico” on March 1, 2013
Senator Ninfa Salinas of Mexico will give a talk entitled “The Past, Present, and Future State of the Environmental and Energy Sectors in Mexico” on March 1, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. in JON 5.207 at the Law School. The talk is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series presented by the Law School’s Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law. Lunch will be provided.
William Wayne Justice Center receives grant to help low-income hurricane survivors clear the title to their homes
The Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center has received a $500,000 grant from the Texas General Land Office to fund work on the Texas Title Homeownership Opportunity Program Project. The GLO grant comes from federal funds designated to assist Hurricanes Dolly and Ike survivors relocate to higher opportunity neighborhoods. The project is part of a larger coordinated hurricane recovery program that includes the participation of communities affected by the disasters, advocates for low-income survivors, and local, state, and federal agencies.