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Press Contacts: Kirston Fortune, (512) 471.7330, or Jodi Bart, (512) 471-7330, UT Law Communications.

Law Dean Bill Powers Chairs Explore UT 2005

Law School offers programs for children, adults at The Biggest Open House in Texas

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       Dean Powers
Law School Dean Bill Powers, chair of Explore UT 2005

AUSTIN, Texas — This Saturday, March 5, the Law School opens its doors to thousands of visitors as they explore every corner of The University of Texas at Austin campus for the sixth annual “Explore UT: The Biggest Open House in Texas!” More than 30,000 people are expected to come to the University from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to take part in more than 300 hundred free hands-on activities, performances, demonstrations and lectures.

“I am delighted to welcome children, students, teachers and parents to our campus for a day of learning and fun,” said Bill Powers, dean of the UT School of Law and chair of Explore UT 2005. “We want participants at Explore UT to be comfortable with exploring every corner of our campus and discovering new, vibrant worlds within our colleges, museums and libraries."

Visitors to Explore UT will discover treasures throughout campus including at the Law School, where participants can learn how to prevent identity theft from library staff Kumar Percy, Head of Faculty Services, and Molly Mackey, Tarlton Fellow and Senior Graduate Assistant, listen to the history of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution by Professor Calvin Johnson, visit the Rare Books Room at the Law Library and Head of Special Collections Michael Widener, and investigate Texas legal history online with library staff Jeanne Price, Director of Public Services and Jane O’Connell, Head of Student Services.

In the panel, entitled “What Can You Do with a Law Degree?,” speakers will draw on their own experiences and discuss the countless ways you can use a law degree. Panelists include UT Law graduates Gregg Cox, ’92, Director of Public Integrity Unit, Travis County District Attorney's Office; Laurie Higginbotham, ’99, Attorney & Counselor at Law, Whitehurst, Harkness, Ozmun & Brees, P.C.; and Lynn Boswell, ’93, Producer, Texas Monthly Talks (KLRU-TV).

They will also have an opportunity to hear Texas representatives Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) and Richard Raymond (D-Laredo), who are also UT law students, discuss current Texas legislation, Professor Douglas Laycock discuss two U.S. Supreme Court cases involving government displays of the Ten Commandments, and watch a mock trial presented by student members of the Law School’s Board of Advocates.

Photo of young girl in judges' robes with gavel seated at bench
A visitor plays judge in UT Law's state-of-the-art Eidman Courtroom during Explore UT 2004

Children (and the young at heart) can serve as jurors in a mock trial where “Gold E. Locks” is the defendant and the Honorable Edward Prado of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is the presiding judge. They can also have their photos taken in the state-of-the-art Eidman Courtroom wearing a judge’s robe and banging a gavel, while Judges Prado and Elena Diaz, Travis County Justice of the Peace, answer questions. At Law Library Storytime, Lone Star Waves Proudly (Lone Star Saluda Orgullosamente) will be read aloud in Spanish by Susana Alemán, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and in English by Allyson Childs, Director of Student Programs. There will also be tours of the Law School and Tarlton Law Library, a session on the law school application process led by Assistant Dean for Admissions Monica Ingram, as well as ice cream, face painting, and balloon creations for all.

A complete schedule of Law School events available here .

UT Law programs will take place, rain or shine, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at the Law School (727 E. Dean Keeton St.). Check out the Explore UT website for a schedule of all programs offered throughout campus, including times and locations, directions to campus, and parking.

Related Links:
Explore UT website: http://www.utexas.edu/events/exploreut/
The Austin American-Statesman on Explore UT: http://www.statesman.com/metrostate/content/auto/epaper/editions/thursday/metro_state_24625c43f102125a10a2.html
UT Web feature on Explore UT: http://www.utexas.edu/features/
March 3 Explore UT Press Release: http://www.utexas.edu/opa/news/2005/03/explore_ut03.html
Feb. 15 Explore UT Press Release: http://www.utexas.edu/opa/news/2005/02/explore_ut15.html
UT President Larry R. Faulkner on Explore UT: http://www.utexas.edu/opa/news/2005/02/explore_ut22.html
Douglas Laycock Featured on Explore UT Take 5 Video: http://www.utexas.edu/inside_ut/take5/