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Feb. 11, 2004

Press Contact: Allegra Young, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330

UT Law's Highest Honorary Organization Installs 2003 Chancellors

Photo of 2003 Chancellors
2003 Chancellors

AUSTIN, Texas—The installation ceremony for new members in Chancellors, the highest honorary organization at The University of Texas School of Law, was held Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Rare Books Room of the Tarlton Law Library. Membership to Chancellors is extended to the 16 students with the highest grade point averages after two years at UT Law.

This year's awards went to Grand Chancellor Lisa E. Ewart; Vice-Chancellor James K. Williamson; Clerks Benjamin W. Putnam; Keepers of the Peregrinus Corey Benjamin Blake and Laura Jann Kissel; and Chancellors-at-Large Sundeep K. "Rob"Addy, Andrew L. Dahm, Shweta Gera, Adam S. Harbin, Jamie L. Naiser, Matthew C. Powers, Brian K. Prewitt, Garrick B. Pursley, Eric M. Solomon, Sarah E. Stasny, and Bryan T. Yeates.

Ewart, who will clerk for U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sandra Lynch in Boston next year, is the school's 16th female Grand Chancellor. (The Law School has graduated 126 female chancellors, the first being Betty Jo Wiest, Class of 1960, who ranked second in her class. The first female Grand Chancellor was Carol A. Oppenheimer in 1973.)

More than 1,000 UT Law students have been members of Chancellors, which was started in 1912. Since then, the names of Chancellors have been enrolled in a roster in the law library's Rare Book Room. The names include many who are prominent in legal practice, the judiciary and academia. Among them were W. Page Keeton, who was Dean of UT Law; Charles Meyers, who was Dean of Stanford Law School; Henry Wade, the legendary Dallas district attorney; John Hill, former attorney general of Texas; Nicholas Johnson, former FCC commissioner; Ralph Yarborough, a U.S. Senator; U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett; and Judges Joseph Sneed, Thomas Gee, and Diane Wood of the U.S. Courts of Appeal.