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Photos from Diversity Weekend, February 22–23, 2013

The Law School’s annual Diversity Weekend was held February 22–23, 2013, at the University of Texas. Alumni from all over met with Dean Ward Farnsworth and representatives from the Center for Women in Law as well as students from the Asian Law Students Association, Chicano/Hispanic Students Association, OUTLaw, the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, and the Women’s Law Caucus.

Gregory J. Smith joins Law School as Assistant Dean for Continuing Legal Education

Gregory J. Smith has joined the University of Texas School of Law as Assistant Dean for Continuing Legal Education.

Justice Center assists state housing finance agency obtain $12 million to advance integration of persons with disabilities

Texas receives highest award in nation through development of innovative, progressive pilot.

National experts Lucas Guttentag and Nina Perales to discuss recent developments in immigration law, March 28, 2013

A panel discussion entitled “Immigration Litigation Update and the Prospects for Comprehensive Immigration Reform” will be held at the Law School Thursday, March 28, from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Francis Auditorium. Lunch will be provided. The event is free and open to students, the Law School community, and the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Rachel Sidopulos by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, to register.

Capital Punishment Center to host symposium on “Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty,” March 22–23, 2013

On March 22–23, 2013, the Capital Punishment Center at the University of Texas School of Law will sponsor a symposium on “Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty.” Presentations will explore the possible connections between two current and much-discussed criminal justice phenomena: the United States’s disproportionately high rate of incarceration and its status as the only Western democracy that retains the death penalty.

Law School Alumni Association announces 2013 distinguished alumni award recipients

The University of Texas Law Alumni Association has announced the recipients of its 2013 distinguished alumni awards. Kathryn Fuller, ’76, received the Outstanding Alumnus Award; The Honorable Robert M. Parker, ’64, received the Lifetime Achievement Award; Joe R. Long, ’58, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service; and Dick DeGuerin, ’65, received the Honorary Order of the Coif.

Law School interscholastic team headed to American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition national championship

The University of Texas School of Law’s interscholastic team has won the regional round of the American Association for Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition, and will compete for a national championship in the competition in New Orleans, Louisiana, in April.

Law School prevails in Intellectual Property Moot Court regional competition

The University of Texas School of Law defeated South Texas College of Law on March 17, 2013, in the final round of the Southern Regional component of the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court. This competition is sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), a professional development organization for intellectual property lawyers. The Southern Regional, held this year in the federal courthouse in Houston, was hosted by members of the local AIPLA chapter.

John Jackson, president of the Schott Foundation for Public Education

Law School to host conference on “Law and the Achievement Gap,’” April 5, 2013

On Friday, April 5, 2013, the Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law and the Texas Journal for Civil Liberties and Civil Rights will present an all-day conference entitled “The Role of Law in Closing the Educational Achievement Gap.”

Center for Women in Law to host Harvard University Professor Mahzarin Banaji for talk on implicit bias, April 11, 2013

On Thursday, April 11, 2013, the Center for Women in Law will host a talk by Professor Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and an expert on the science behind unconscious thinking and feeling as they unfold in social context.