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Sunflower Ceremony and Commencement to take place Saturday, May 19, 2012, with keynote address from Joseph D. Jamail, ’53

The 2012 Sunflower Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Jr. Special Events Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Degree candidates, their families, and friends are invited to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2012.

Julius Glickman Fellowship in Public Interest Law recipient Michael O’Keefe Cowles, '12.

Michael O’Keefe Cowles, ’12, awarded UT Law post-graduate fellowship to pursue low-wage worker rights project in the Dallas-Fort Worth region

The University of Texas School of Law has awarded the 2012 Julius Glickman Fellowship in Public Interest Law to third-year student Michael O’Keefe Cowles. The two-year fellowship, funded by Julius Glickman, ‘66, provides $45,000 per year for full-time legal work on a project sponsored by an existing public-interest legal organization and supervised by a licensed attorney.

Judge Edward C. Prado, '72, (third from left) with his clerks, left to right, Alex Zolan, Michelle Parthum, Derek Linkous, Kate Nanny, '12, and Amit Vora, at a Community Fellows meeting with the Sheffield Society in February 2012.

Judge Edward C. Prado, ’72, and clerks speak at the Law School

In February, students from the Sheffield Society met with Judge Edward C. Prado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prado, a 1972 graduate of the Law School, serves as the community fellow for the Sheffield Society, which is one of eight societies in the Law School’s Society Program. Prado was joined for the talk by his current law clerks, Derek Linkous, Michelle Parthum, Amit Vora, and Alex Zolan, as well as third-year student Kate Nanny, ’12, who will clerk for Prado after graduating from the Law School.


Photos from Reunion 2012

Alumni from all over the country came to Austin for Reunion 2012, held April 20–21, at the Law School. Here are some photos from the festivities.

Supreme Court of Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, '88, speaking after receiving the Leon Green Award at the Texas Law Review's annual banquet on April 14, 2012.

Texas Law Review’s annual banquet featured keynote address by retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens; presentation of Leon Green Award to Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson of the Supreme Court of Texas

At this year’s banquet, the Texas Law Review Association honored Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, ’88, of the Supreme Court of Texas, awarding him the Association’s highest award—the Leon Green Award—in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the legal profession.

Glenn E. Johnson, winner of the Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award for accomplishments in the field of energy law.

Glenn E. Johnson Receives Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award for accomplishments in the field of energy law

On February 9, 2012, the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law awarded the 2012 Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award to Glenn E. Johnson, partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP. This prestigious award is given to a distinguished attorney who has made significant contributions to the oil, gas, and energy industry.


The 2012 Scholarship and Fellowship Reception

To honor our scholarship donors and recipients, the Law School hosts an annual event at which our students, and those whose charitable giving has helped them, can become acquainted. This year’s Scholarship and Fellowship Reception was held on January 26, 2012.

Judge Royal Furgeson, ’67, appointed founding dean of new University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law

U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson Jr., ’67, has been appointed founding dean of the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law, which is scheduled to open in August of 2014. Furgeson is currently a judge at the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas. Furgeson will begin his deanship at the law school in April 2013, after he retires from the bench.

The Law School and Robert Brothers, ’11, honored by awards from Texas Access to Justice Commission

The University of Texas School of Law and one of its recent graduates were honored by awards from the Texas Access to Justice Commission on November 14, 2011. Robert Brothers, ’11, received the Law Student Pro Bono Award along with Sarah Loeffler, a recent graduate of the University of Houston School of Law. The Law School received the Commitment to Service Award.

National Pro Bono Week at UT Law: Spotlight on Jake Gilbreath, ’09

In recognition of National Pro Bono Week (October 23–29, 2011), the UT Law Pro Bono Program celebrates the pro bono efforts of members of the Law School community. Recently the Pro Bono Program spoke with Jake Gilbreath, a 2009 UT Law graduate and an attorney at Piper & Turner PLLC, about his pro bono work in family law.