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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 […]


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Austin American-Statesman reports on work by Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center and LBJ School on “contracts for deed” in Texas

The work of Community Development Clinic Director Heather Way and Lucille Wood, a Research Fellow in the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, was featured in a recent article in the Austin American-Statesman. The article examines the recent release of a report, coauthored by Way and Wood with Professor Peter Ward, C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in U.S.-Mexico Relations and Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, examining the use and prevalence of “contracts for deed”—informal transactions for property that often have interest rates of as high as twenty percent—in Texas from 1989 to 2010.


Rapoport Center to host eighth annual conference on property rights and the human rights agenda, March 1–2, 2012

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law is pleased to announce its eighth annual conference, “Property Rights and the Human Rights Agenda,” to take place March 1–2, 2012. This multidisciplinary and comparative conference will explore the ambivalent relationship between human rights and property and the extent to which the right to property might advance a human rights agenda.


Opinion: Lynn Blais in the Austin American-Statesman on a Texas Supreme Court decision that limits public access to Texas beaches

Lynn Blais, Leroy G. Denman Jr. Regents Professor in Real Property Law, wrote in a recent Austin American-Statesman op-ed that the Texas Supreme Court’s Nov. 5 decision in Severance v. Patterson could soon make most of Texas’s coast off-limits to the public.