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Striking a Balance

Experts examine the relationship between energy production and environmental protection By Melissa Gaskill Illustrations by Pam Wishbow Record-low natural gas prices, increased national security and economic growth. Those benefits come from recent surges in drilling, the result of technological advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that opened up vast reserves of previously inaccessible oil […]


Small Trucks, Big Business: Students get involved in Austin’s food truck boom

By Samantha Youngblood By offering a fresh take on sage legal advice, the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic (ECDC) at The University of Texas School of Law is serving up small business legal solutions so mobile foodies can do what they do best — make delicious street food. The story starts with Clinical Professor Heather […]


Going Social: Five Tips for Litigators

Professor John Browning gives five practical pointers for litigators using social media By John G. Browning In today’s Digital Age, informal discovery can be accomplished at the speed of a search engine, revealing a treasure trove of information about opposing parties and witnesses with just a few mouse clicks. With 1.3 billion users worldwide posting […]


Patenting Space Marvels

Alumnus Ed Fein has guided NASA for almost 50 years as patent attorney By Jenny Blair At first glance, Ed Fein’s clients don’t seem to have much in common: a legendary cardiac surgeon, a spacewalking astronaut and a billionaire hotelier. However, each of these clients have patented technology that emerged from the space program, with […]


Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Professor Ranjana Natarajan reflects on the impact of the Civil Rights Act 50 years later By Ranjana Natarajan Growing up in the 1980s as a first-generation immigrant in the Houston suburbs, I had friends whose families hailed from many different parts of the world, and I assumed that was normal. Only later, as I learned […]


Game on For Steve Patterson, ’84

 Steve Patterson, ’84, has taken the helm as Texas men’s athletic director, but for him, it’s always been…  Game On By Maria Arrellaga It was an exciting day for The University of Texas School of Law when it was announced last November that Steve Patterson, ’84, had been selected for what media called “the most […]


Reframing the Constitution

UT Law professor believes it’s time to review and renew the Constitution as the Founding Fathers envisioned By Sanford Levinson It has become almost a convention of contemporary American politics — like politicians who feel called upon to wear the American flag on their lapels — to treat the Constitution as a basically sacred text. […]


Death row exoneree Anthony Graves and Nicole Casarez

Life After Death Row: Exoneree Gives to UT Law

How do you repay someone who saved your life? That’s a question Anthony Graves pondered when he became a free man. For eight and a half years, alumna Nicole Casarez, ’79, worked without compensation to help exonerate Graves, who spent 18 years in prison — 12 on death row — for heinous murders he did […]


NAFTA at 20: Time to Refocus? Professor Hansen argues there is still a place for NAFTA

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. As the American child of a Mexican immigrant, I spent much of my childhood in the company of friends and family who still lived in Mexico or had recently left. My background made me very aware of the long history of distrust between the United States and […]


Law School Legends: Two Professors, 100 Years, Thousands of Students

Take your pick. Serendipity. Destiny. Or just really good fortune that Ernest Smith and Stanley Johanson committed in 1963 to becoming legal educators at The University of Texas School of Law. It was 50 years ago that they both walked through the front doors of the law school on the same day in August 1963 […]