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Greg Costa

Gregg Costa Rises Through Ranks

In a unanimous vote (97-0), the U.S. Senate confirmed in May loyal Longhorn Gregg Costa, ’99, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The second youngest judge currently serving on a federal court of appeals bench, Costa brings unique perspective to his new role.


Striking a Balance

Experts examine the relationship between energy production and environmental protection By Melissa Gaskill Illustrations by Pam Wishbow Record-low natural gas prices, increased national security and economic growth. Those benefits come from recent surges in drilling, the result of technological advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that opened up vast reserves of previously inaccessible oil […]


Small Trucks, Big Business: Students get involved in Austin’s food truck boom

By Samantha Youngblood By offering a fresh take on sage legal advice, the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic (ECDC) at The University of Texas School of Law is serving up small business legal solutions so mobile foodies can do what they do best — make delicious street food. The story starts with Clinical Professor Heather […]


Going Social: Five Tips for Litigators

Professor John Browning gives five practical pointers for litigators using social media By John G. Browning In today’s Digital Age, informal discovery can be accomplished at the speed of a search engine, revealing a treasure trove of information about opposing parties and witnesses with just a few mouse clicks. With 1.3 billion users worldwide posting […]


Patenting Space Marvels

Alumnus Ed Fein has guided NASA for almost 50 years as patent attorney By Jenny Blair At first glance, Ed Fein’s clients don’t seem to have much in common: a legendary cardiac surgeon, a spacewalking astronaut and a billionaire hotelier. However, each of these clients have patented technology that emerged from the space program, with […]


Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Professor Ranjana Natarajan reflects on the impact of the Civil Rights Act 50 years later By Ranjana Natarajan Growing up in the 1980s as a first-generation immigrant in the Houston suburbs, I had friends whose families hailed from many different parts of the world, and I assumed that was normal. Only later, as I learned […]


Fantasy Homeownership

Professor Mechele Dickerson’s book on homeownership points to unfavorable facts in the housing industry In her latest book, Professor Mechele Dickerson analyzes a pillar of the American Dream: homeownership. Published this summer by Cambridge University Press, “Homeownership and America’s Financial Underclass: Flawed Premises, Broken Promises, New Prescriptions” outlines misconceptions of homeownership and the modern realities […]


Texas Law Hosts Events to Celebrate National Pro Bono Week Oct. 19-25

The Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program at The University of Texas School of Law, in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s National Pro Bono Celebration, has planned several events for students and the community that highlight the role of Texas Law in delivering pro bono services. The events will take place during the […]


Eight Texas Law Alumnae Among Texas Lawyer’s “2014 Winning Women”

Eight Texas Law alumnae from across the state were selected to be among Texas Lawyer‘s 20 “Winning Women.” The recipients were selected from nearly 150 nominations and recognized during a luncheon Oct. 8 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. Read more about the “Winning Women” on Texas Lawyer‘s website. This year’s Texas Law honorees include: […]


New Gift Raises Mithoff Family Support of Pro Bono Program to $2 Million

A recent $1 million gift to The University of Texas School of Law from Richard and Virginia “Ginni” Mithoff of Houston will support the school’s Pro Bono Program. The gift brings the Mithoffs’ total contributions to the program to $2 million. By participating in the Pro Bono Program, students increase access to justice and build […]