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November 3, 2005

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Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 471-7330

UT Law Dedicates Teaching Courtroom to James Sales, '60

AUSTIN, Texas—On Fri., Nov. 4, The University of Texas School of Law will dedicate a new, state-of-the-art teaching courtroom to James B. Sales, '60, one of the nation's top lawyers.

"We want our students to learn of Jim Sales' record of integrity and service to the profession. With this teaching courtroom, students will now begin their litigation careers surrounded by the good example of one of the best courtroom lawyers in the country," said Dean Bill Powers.

The teaching courtroom is in the new Connally Center for the Administration of Justice, Room 3.334. The state-of-the-art room includes, among other features, wireless network access. On its walls are several of Mr. Sales honors that demonstrate his commitment to the legal profession, his school, and his family. Such honors include his UT Law diploma, his induction into the Order of the Coif, magazine covers honoring his term as the 108th President of the Texas Bar, the Houston Bar Association's honoring of his presidency, his induction as a fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers, his chairmanship of the American College of Trial Lawyers, his induction as a fellow to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and a plaque honoring his being named to the "Best Lawyers in America" for 20 years.

Mr. Sales was a senior partner and for 20 years served as head of the Litigation Department of Fulbright & Jaworski. He is currently of counsel in the firm's Houston office. He has served as the President of the Houston Bar Association, Chairman of the Board and then President of the State Bar of Texas, and Chair of the Texas Bar Foundation. Currently he serves as chair of the Texas Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission. He is also a prolific author, having published more than 40 law review and journal articles and books.

He holds an undergraduate degree and an L. L.B. (with honors) from UT-Austin. While at the Law School he was on the Texas Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Delta Phi. He served as president of the Texas Law Review Association (TLRA), and in 2005, the TLRA presented him its prestigious Leon Green Award.

This spring Sales received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law School Alumni Association. His profile can be found in the Spring 2006 UTLAW magazine.