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Elsa Alcala, ’89, appointed to Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

It seems like the dream of most UT Law School graduates: to have the opportunity to work at the highest level in the legal discipline about which you’re most passionate—all while being able to enjoy Barton Springs in the summertime. For Judge Elsa Alcala, ’89, who was appointed to the Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals on March 22, 2011, it’s a reality that she earned through years of tireless work at various levels in the Texas criminal justice system.

Photos from Reunion 2011

Alumni from far and near came to Austin for Reunion 2011, held April 15–16, at the Law School. Here are some photos from the festivities.

Law School Alumni Association announces 2011 distinguished alumni award recipients

The University of Texas Law Alumni Association has announced the recipients of its 2011 distinguished alumni awards. Wayne A. Reaud received the Honorary Order of the Coif; The Honorable Sam Sparks, ’63, received the Lifetime Achievement Award; Ann Barnett Stern, ’82, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service; and Thomas M. Susman, ’67, received the Outstanding Alumnus Award.

From the film Incendiary

Incendiary: The Willingham Case, a documentary by UT Law alumnus Joe Bailey,’08, to premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival

A documentary, Incendiary: The Willingham Case, which explores the intricate arson forensics surrounding the Cameron Todd Willingham case and the polarized public responses to his execution, will premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. The film was codirected by Law School alumnus Joe Bailey Jr., ’08.

Fielding B. “Tres” Cochran III, ’75, receives Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award

The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law has awarded the 2010 Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award to Fielding B. “Tres” Cochran III, ’75. Cochran received the award on January 20, 2011 at the sixth annual Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law Banquet.

Yetter Coleman LLP gives lead gift to create Gregory S. Coleman Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Gregory Scott Coleman, ’92, the law firm Yetter Coleman LLP and members of the Law School community have created the Gregory S. Coleman Memorial Scholarship to honor his many contributions to the field of jurisprudence.

Larry Macon, ’70, sets world record for most marathons run in a year

Larry Macon, ’70, has set the world record for most marathons run in a year. Macon, 66, is an attorney in San Antonio and ran 106 marathons in 2010, which is one more than he ran in 2008.

Professor Justin Driver, Judge Diane Wood honored for exemplary legal writing by the Green Bag

The Green Bag Almanac & Reader 2011 includes writing by two members of the UT Law community—Professor Justin Driver and Judge Diane Wood, ’75. The collection recognizes outstanding legal writing from a variety of sources.

Elton M. Hyder III, ’80, elected to Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Board of Directors

Elton M. Hyder III, ’80, president and CEO of EMH Corporation of Fort Worth, Texas, was elected to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Board of Directors by its member banks on October 21, 2010. Hyder’s three-year term began January 1, 2011.

Thank You, Houston!

On December 10, 2010, the Law School hosted a gathering to thank donors in the Houston area for their generosity—over the years they have collectively donated $73 million to support students, faculty, and programs. Here are some pictures from the party.