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June 2, 2006

Contact: Roy Mersky, Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law (512) 471-7735,

Tarlton Law Library Receives UTopia Grant to Highlight Contributions of Texas Justices

AUSTIN, Texas — The Tarlton Law Library has been awarded its second UTopia grant by the University of Texas. The 2006 UTopia grant will enable the Library to create a digital resource highlighting the contributions and service of the individuals who have served on the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals from those courts’ inception through 1980.

This new resource will complement the Library’s existing Texas Constitutions website (also featured on the University of Texas UTopia gateway) by:

As the courts of last resort for matters concerning Texas state law, the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals have shaped and described the rights of the citizens of Texas over the state’s nearly two hundred year existence as a government. The individuals who have served on those courts came from a variety of backgrounds and, in some cases, have contributed to Texas history on many levels. This new resource will enable students and scholars alike to identify important opinions authored by each justice and understand those opinions in the context of both those individuals’ lives and Texas history and its constitutions.

The new online resource will draw heavily on Tarlton’s own special collections and archives of materials relating to Texas legal history. This is the second UTopia grant awarded to Tarlton; the first grant enabled the Library to digitize selected papers from the Justice Tom C. Clark archive located at the Library. In addition to the Tom C. Clark papers ( and the Texas Constitutions ( , UTopia includes two other Tarlton resources – Law and Popular Culture ( and Law in Mexico Before the Conquest (

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