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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.

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.