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2014

Op/Ed: Racial Profiling and Police Reform: The Time is Now

This article appeared in The Washington Post on Dec. 15. By Ranjana Natarajan The #BlackLivesMatter movement has sparked nationwide protests and has raised awareness worldwide about the unequal treatment of black people by police in the United States. Listening to the voices from the movement — and learning from the death of Eric Garner and the series […]


Three-Year Law and Public Affairs Integrated Dual Degrees Announced

The University of Texas at Austin has established two unique, integrated three-year dual degree programs blending the study of public policy and law. Offered by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the School of Law, these are the only such programs among top ranked public affairs and law schools in the United […]


Texas Law Alumnus and Former Senator, UT Counsel Ray Farabee Passes Away

Texas Law alumnus Ray Farabee, ’61, who parlayed success as a Wichita Falls attorney into subsequent careers in the Texas Senate and the University of Texas System, died on Thursday. He was 81 years old. Farabee was first elected to the Senate in 1975. He represented the North Texas-based Senate District 30 as a Democrat […]


New York Times Op-Ed: Professor Mechele Dickerson Debates Home Refinancing

Room for Debate: Stricter Rules for Refinancing Your House? Tougher Standards Would Ensure Stability By Mechele Dickerson Of the subprime mortgages that led to the 2008 financial crisis, only about a third were actually used to buy homes. Most of the borrowing was used to refinance existing mortgages and in many cases borrowers extracted the […]


Clinical Professor Barbara Hines Receives Massey Award for Teaching Excellence

University of Texas School of Law Clinical Professor Barbara Hines has been awarded the 2015-17 Massey Award for Teaching Excellence. The award is presented to a faculty member who embodies the school’s priority of providing the highest quality of teaching to its students. “Barbara Hines epitomizes much of the best of Texas Law,” said Ward […]


Justice Center’s New Educational Equity Project Addresses Educational Barriers

The University of Texas School of Law and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) are proud to announce the creation of the Educational Equity Project (EEP). The project will address the significant issue of educational barriers for low-income and minority students across Austin. The project is an expansion of a two-year partnership between […]


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 […]