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May 12, 2005

Press Contacts: Erin Sweeney, UT Law Career Services Office, (512) 232-1160 or Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330.

Patrick Woolley Wins Robert Murff Excellence Award

Law Professor honored for outstanding support of career services at UT-Austin

Photo of Professor Patrick Woolley
Professor Patrick Woolley
Photo Credit: Wyatt McSpadden

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Campus Career Council (TC3) at The University of Texas at Austin honored Professor Patrick Woolley with a 2005 Robert Murff Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding support of career services at UT Law School. The award was presented on Thurs., May 5, at the UT Alumni Center.

“Patrick richly deserves this university-wide recognition of his commitment to helping students make better career choices. He is a dedicated teacher who we are proud to have on our faculty,” said Dean Bill Powers.

Recognizing that the efforts of the career services individual offices across campus contribute to the success of the collective student body, TC3 seeks as a group to laud the many “career agents” who assist UT-Austin’s individual career service offices. This year, TC3 also honored George Mitchell of the UT-Coop and the McCombs School University Accounting Association with the award.

This is the sixth year the award has been presented, and it is named in honor of the founder of UT-Austin’s Career Exploration Center, Dr. Robert Murff, in recognition of his lasting contribution to campus career services. In 2002, UT Law Professors R.A. Reese and Ernest Young received the award.

“Professor Woolley supports our students by helping them work toward reaching their goals in the areas of career and public service,” said Erin Sweeney, Career Counselor and Director of Judicial Clerkship Programs at UT Law, who nominated Woolley for the Murff Award. “He demonstrates his care for the well-being of students through his outreach, listening skills, understanding, and kindness,” Sweeney said.

"I'm honored to receive the Murff award. One of the great joys of my job is that I get to talk to students not just about the law, but about their future lives in the law,” said Woolley. “The transition from law student to lawyer is obviously of immense importance to our students, and I'm glad to have the opportunity to help when I can," Woolley said.

Woolley joined the faculty of UT Law in 1994 and holds the Beck, Redden & Secrest professorship in law. His research and teaching interests include civil procedure, conflict of laws, federal courts and constitutional law. As Faculty Advisor to over fifty first-year students in the Gus M. Hodges Society, Woolley is one of eight professors chosen by Dean Powers for the Law School’s new Society Program.

Woolley’s publications include The Sources of Federal Preclusion Law After Semtek (Cincinnati, 2003), "The Availability of Collateral Attack for Inadequate Representation in Class Suits" (Texas Law Review, 2000) and "Mass Tort Litigation and the Seventh Amendment Reexamination Clause" (Iowa Law Review, 1998).

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