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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 […]


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 […]


Fantasy Homeownership

Professor Mechele Dickerson’s book on homeownership points to unfavorable facts in the housing industry In her latest book, Professor Mechele Dickerson analyzes a pillar of the American Dream: homeownership. Published this summer by Cambridge University Press, “Homeownership and America’s Financial Underclass: Flawed Premises, Broken Promises, New Prescriptions” outlines misconceptions of homeownership and the modern realities […]


Massey Prize for Research in Law, Innovation, and Capital Markets Awarded to Texas Law Professor Henry T. C. Hu

International Symposium Brings Together Corporate, Banking, and Finance Experts in Honor of Prize


TribTalk Op-Ed: Professor F. Scott McCown Discusses Improvements on Texas’ Drug Problem

    How Texas kicked its big drug problem By F. Scott McCown A decade ago, Texas had a serious drug problem. Psychotropic medications — like antipsychotics, stimulants, mood stabilizers, antidepressants and sedatives — were being overprescribed in the state’s foster care system, endangering the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens and costing the […]


Statesman Op-Ed: Professor Mechele Dickerson Explains What’s Causing Austin’s Declining Black Population

Dickerson: Why blacks are really leaving Austin By Mechele Dickerson As recent reports note, blacks continue to leave Austin. Many say it is because of the city’s decision in the 1920s to create a “negro district” or because of ongoing tensions between the black community and the Austin Police Department. The main reason blacks are […]


Statesman Op-Ed: Professor Larry Sager Claims Hobby Lobby Ruling is Worrisome

Contributors: Why everyone should worry about the Hobby Lobby ruling By Larry Sager and Frederick Mark Gedicks The country rounded a new and dangerous corner with the recent Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. By holding that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, excuses for-profit employers from providing contraceptive coverage under the […]


New York Times Op-Ed: Professor Willy Forbath Comments on Supreme Court Harris v. Quinn ruling

The War on Workers: The Supreme Court Ruling on Harris v. Quinn Is a Blow for Unions By William E. Forbath and Cynthia Estlund Unions have never been uncontroversial in American society, but the battles over labor have grown fiercer in recent years: Witness the fight over public-employee unions in Wisconsin, or the 2012 decision […]


Justice Center, Student Bar Association Event Celebrates Service and Teaching

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law and the Student Bar Association held their annual award ceremony and ice cream social at the end of the 2013-14 academic year in celebration and recognition of exemplary University of Texas School of Law students, recent alumni and teachers. Congratulations and hook ‘em, horns to the […]