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February 17, 2006

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Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, 512-471-7330
Event contacts: Catherine Kimberley, 512-565-5843, and Lisa McMorris, 512-292-6803, The Texas Journal of Women and the Law

Texas Journal of Women and the Law's 15th Anniversary Celebration: Sarah Weddington,'67, to Discuss Changes in Gender Law, Feb. 23

Photo of Sarah Weddington
Keynote speaker Sarah Weddington

AUSTIN, Texas―The Texas Journal of Women and the Law at The University of Texas School of Law is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a banquet at the Driskill Hotel at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 23. The celebration features keynote speaker Sarah Weddington, a 1967 graduate of UT Law, who will discuss the changes seen in gender law over the past 15 years.

Weddington is a professor at The University of Texas, and author of A Question of Choice, which chronicles her experience as a young attorney who successfully argued Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court. She has held numerous leadership positions, including Assistant to the President during the Carter administration, and is the first woman from Austin to serve in the Texas House of Representatives.

"Since 1990, the journal has sought to inspire dialogue about legal, social, and political issues affecting women―their rights, their bodies, their careers, their families," said UT Law student Catherine Kimberley. She and law student Lisa McMorris are co-editors-in-chief of the 2005–2006 issue of Texas Journal of Women and the Law. "Our founding members recognized the need for a forum within The University of Texas School of Law in which to confront, discuss, and challenge legal issues facing women, and this focus has grown to include all areas of gender and law," McMorris said. The co-editors-in-chief said they are proud to be part of this continuing legacy of academic excellence.

The celebration will begin with an informal reception at 6:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine of the Driskell Hotel with welcoming remarks from Kimberley. McMorris will introduce the banquet speakers at 8:15 p.m. beginning with Mary Christine Reed, the articles editor from the first volume of the journal, who will speak the beginnings of the women's law journal. In addition, current journal editors will be recognized and Amy Grainer, a high school senior in Austin, will speak about what past feminism efforts mean to students just starting college. Sherri Greenberg, a professor at UT's LBJ School of Public Affairs and a former Texas legislator, will introduce Weddington.

For more information on how to support the Texas Journal of Women and the Law's ongoing mission, please contact journal staff at tjwl@mail.law.utexas.edu.

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