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UT Tower lit for Law School’s 2012–2013 national championship interscholastic teams April 22, 2013

On Monday, April 22, UT lit the Tower orange in honor of the Law School’s 2012-2013 national championship teams. Two intramural teams have won national championships already this year, and a third has won a regional championship and will advance to compete for a national championship.

Law School prevails in Intellectual Property Moot Court regional competition

The University of Texas School of Law defeated South Texas College of Law on March 17, 2013, in the final round of the Southern Regional component of the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court. This competition is sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), a professional development organization for intellectual property lawyers. The Southern Regional, held this year in the federal courthouse in Houston, was hosted by members of the local AIPLA chapter.

Law School interscholastic team headed to American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition national championship

The University of Texas School of Law’s interscholastic team has won the regional round of the American Association for Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition, and will compete for a national championship in the competition in New Orleans, Louisiana, in April.

UT Law Interscholastic Mock Trial Team wins John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition for second time in three years

The Law School’s Interscholastic Mock Trial Team has won the national championship in the 2013 John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition. The law students who won the national championship are advocates Will Clark and Maryssa Simpson; witness Alex Hughes; and alternate Brandan Montminy, all third-year students. This is the second time in three years the UT Law Interscholastic Team has won the Costello competition. The Law School team also won in 2011.

Longhorn Network covers Law School students’ pro bono service

The Longhorn Network recently produced a short video about the Law School’s Pro Bono program, and students who have taken a pledge to carry out pro bono legal work.

New David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy fields teams to compete in an array of interscholastic moot court competitions this year

This academic year, the Law School has formed strong interscholastic teams that will devote much of their winter break to preparing for five moot court competitions under the auspices of The David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy. The new Beck Center was launched last spring with support from David J. Beck, ’65, life trustee of the Law School Foundation and founder of Houston litigation boutique Beck, Redden & Secrest LLP.

The 2012–2013 Public Service Scholars are, left to right: Amy Friedman, '13; Brian Quillen, '14; Coulter Goodman, '13; Mackenzie Meador, '14; Sofia Meissner, '15; Abby Anna Batko-Taylor, '13.

Justice Center names 2012–2013 Public Service Scholars

Six students have been selected to serve as Public Service Scholars for the 2012–2013 year with the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at the University of Texas School of Law.

Megan Sheffield, Pro Bono Scholar for 2012–2013.

National Pro Bono Week at UT Law: Spotlight on the 2012–2013 Pro Bono Scholar

In celebration of National Pro Bono Week (October 21–27, 2012), the UT Law Pro Bono Program is pleased to announce that third-year student Megan Sheffield has been selected to serve as a Pro Bono Scholar for the 2012–2013 academic year. The Pro Bono Scholars Program provides scholarships to second- and third-year students who commit to working with the UT Law Pro Bono Program a minimum of three hundred hours during the academic year. The scholars plan and implement pro bono projects and conduct research and outreach that furthers the mission of the program.

January 2012 trip participants at the offices of the South Texas Civil Rights Project, where they helped assemble VAWA petitions.

Pro Bono Program to organize DACA clinics for 2013 Pro Bono in January trip

On January 6–11, 2013, the Pro Bono Program will take thirty students as well as several faculty members to the Texas Rio Grande Valley during the second week of January. This will be Pro Bono in January’s fourth year in the Valley. This year the Pro Bono Program is partnering with the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin to organize clinics in the San Juan area to assist pro se youth to petition for relief under the recently launched Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. At the clinics, students and volunteer attorneys will help high-school DACA petitioners (aka “DREAMers”) complete forms and compile documents to file with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Law students in Goliad with the Rural Outreach Initiative are, left to right, Tecuan Flores, Meredith Weaver, Kevin Vermillion

National Pro Bono Week at UT Law: Spotlight on the Rural Outreach Initiative

In recognition of National Pro Bono Week (October 21–27, 2012), the UT Law Pro Bono Program celebrates law students’ volunteer efforts in underserved areas of Texas through Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Rural Outreach Initiative. Over the 2011–2012 school year, fourteen students assisted TRLA with the project. This fall nine students have volunteered, and students will also have the opportunity to work on the project in the spring.