The University of Texas School of Law’s Supreme Court Clinic won a unanimous victory on January 11, 2012, in Pacific Operators Offshore, LLP v. Valladolid, a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court by Clinic Codirector David C. Frederick, ’89. The Clinic was representing Luisa C. Valladolid, whose husband was killed in a forklift accident at a site owned by his employer, Pacific Operators Offshore LLP. At issue was whether she was entitled to state workers’ compensation benefits under California law or federal benefits under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.
Linda Mullenix, holder of the Morris & Rita Atlas Chair in Advocacy at the Law School, has written an analysis of Mims v. Arrow Financial Services in the recent edition of the American Bar Association’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases. The case is expected to be heard at the U.S. Supreme Court in December 2011. Mullenix’s preview is available on the Law School’s website as a PDF.
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.
Lynn A. Baker, Frederick M. Baron Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, was one of a handful of legal scholars invited to speak at the 2011 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in Carlsbad, California, on August 16, 2011. Baker’s panel, “Federalism in the 21st Century: Balancing States’ Rights with Federal Power,” discussed current Supreme Court federalism jurisprudence, offered predictions on the direction the Roberts court is likely to take, and debated the proper balance between federal and state power.
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.
Linda Mullenix, the Morris & Rita Atlas Chair in Advocacy at the Law School, has written an article in ABA Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases previewing Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co. The case will be argued before the United States Supreme Court on April 25, 2011.
The Law School welcomed Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to campus on April 4, 2011, for a series of events, including a lively colloquium about his most recent book, Making our Democracy Work. The colloquium was recorded and can be watched on the Law School’s website.
Linda Mullenix, the Morris & Rita Atlas Chair in Advocacy at the Law School, has written several articles analyzing Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, which was argued before the United States Supreme Court on March 29, 2011.
The Supreme Court has issued its decision in Skinner v. Switzer in favor of Hank Skinner, who is represented by the Law School’s Capital Punishment Clinic.
Justin Driver, an assistant professor at the Law School, has written a review of Seth Stern and Stephen Wermiel’s Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion in the New Republic.