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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.

John Hay, '08, left, and his partner, J. Bradley Compere, of law firm Hay Compere PLLC, consult with a displaced resident at a free legal aid table in Bastrop on September 8, 2011.

Law School students and alumni provide pro bono legal advice to wildfire victims

Law School students and alumni provided pro bono legal advice to victims of the recent wildfires in Central Texas. Hundreds of people in and near Bastrop, about thirty miles east of Austin, have lost their homes or experienced significant damages.

Best Adversaries

Lisa Blatt and David Frederick are good friends from their days at UT Law who still cross paths every once in a while. That in itself is not unusual. Every Law School graduate has had the experience of running into fellow alumni in court, in social settings, or even in the grocery store. For Blatt and Frederick, however, the venue is somewhat more august—before the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. The two have faced off against each other there three times, including twice in the recent 2010–2011 session.

Ryan Newman, ’07, to clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito

Ryan Newman, ’07, will begin a clerkship for Justice Samuel Alito at the U.S. Supreme Court at the beginning of the 2011–2012 term.

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.