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May 18, 2005

Press Contact: Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 917-9159.

Center for Law, Business, and Economics Announces 2005-06 Student Fellows

Students will research bankruptcy law, credit card reform, and different standards of causation that courts use in business litigation

AUSTIN, Texas — Third year students James R. Hawkins and Travis Siebeneicher have been named student fellows by the Center for Law, Business, and Economics (CLBE). Under the direction of the CLBE, Hawkins will pursue research in the standards of causation courts use in business litigation. Siebeneicher's research will focus on bankruptcy and credit card reform.

"I am delighted to recognize these outstanding students and look forward to working with them in the coming year," said CLBE director Ronald Mann. Mann holds the Ben H. & Kitty King Powell Chair in Business and Commercial Law at UT Law.

Jim Hawkins said, "I could not be more excited about this opportunity to work with the CLBE. UT Law has such strong business law and law and economics scholars, and I am honored to participate in the program."

Travis Siebeneicher said, "I am honored to receive a CLBE student fellowship, which in its first year produced two great scholars that I got to know well. I look forward to working with Professor Mann and the rest of the CLBE faculty and staff."

The fellowships were created to provide a $5,000 scholarship to second- and third-year law students who show a grounded interest in and commitment to the study of business law or law and economics. The scholarships are awarded through a competitive process that weighs the academic record and experience of applicants and the merits of the proposed research. The students chosen for this fellowship also participate in a workshop, where they are expected to critique the papers of leading scholars in the economic analysis of law.

Last year's fellows were Doug Barnes and Seth Belzley. Belzley presented his paper both at The University of Texas and at Harvard Law Schools.

About the CLBE

The Center for Law, Business, and Economics at the University of Texas School of Law fosters research and study on a variety of topics at the intersections among law, business, and economics. Center faculty teach and write in many areas of the law, including copyright and patent law, bankruptcy, commercial law, corporations, antitrust, international trade, and civil procedure. The Center issues working papers, has workshop series and conferences, and awards student and post-graduate fellowships and scholarships.

Related Links:
CLBE web site: http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/clbe/
CLBE working papers: http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/clbe/researchpapers
Belzley presents paper: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/031805_belzley.html