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January 22, 2007

Press Contacts: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or kfortune@law.utexas.edu
Chancellors Contact: Professor David Anderson, UT Law, 512-232-1365

UT Law’s Highest Honor Society Installs 2007 Chancellors

Former chancellor Gregory Coleman, ’92, will speak at ceremony

AUSTIN, Texas—Installation of the new members in Chancellors, the highest honorary organization at The University of Texas School of Law, will be held Thursday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Law School’s Sheffield Room. Law school students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the ceremony.

Gregory S. Coleman, a former chancellor and former solicitor general of Texas, will speak at the installation ceremony. Coleman, who received his J.D. in 1992 with high honors from UT Law, is a partner in the Austin office of Weil, Gotshal and Manges and heads the firm’s appellate litigation practice. As solicitor general for Texas, Coleman was the lead appellate counsel for the state in numerous high profile cases, including the Ruiz prison-conditions case, the Hopwood affirmative action case, the tobacco litigation attorneys’ fees cases, and cases challenging the state’s sovereign and Eleventh Amendment immunity.

While in law school, Coleman was managing editor of the Texas Law review and a member of the Chancellors honor society. He clerked for Edith Hollan Jones of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law and at UT Law.

Membership to Chancellors is extended to the 16 students with the highest grade point averages after two years at UT Law. The 2007 Chancellors are Grand Chancellor Ashley Victoria McKeand, Vice-Chancellor Scott Allen Keller, Clerk James Barker Lebeck, Keeper of the Peregrinus John C. C. Sanders, and Chancellors-at-Large Neill Dana Fuquay, Nathan A. Bruggeman, Eric Allen Harrington, Seth Michael Isgur, Marisa Susan Secco, Mark Edward Dundon, Adam Morris Roth, Esther Hsiao-In Sung, Rhonda Maxine Sigman, Brian Walters Stoltz, David Scott Mader, Matthew Bruce McClendon and Gregg Mitchel McCormick. Of note, this year’s Grand Chancellor McKeand is the 20th woman to receive the Grand Chancellor designation in the law school’s history.

More than 1,000 UT Law students have been members of Chancellors, which was started in 1912. Since then, the names of Chancellors have been enrolled in a roster in the Tarlton Law Library's Rare Book Room. The names include many who are prominent in legal practice, the judiciary and academia. They include W. Page Keeton, a dean of UT Law; Charles Meyers, a dean of Stanford Law School; Henry Wade, the legendary Dallas district attorney; John Hill, former attorney general of Texas; Nicholas Johnson, former FCC commissioner; Ralph Yarborough, a U.S. senator; U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett; and Judges Joseph Sneed, Thomas Gee, and Diane Wood of the U.S. Courts of Appeal.

Related Links:

UT Law's Highest Honor Society Installs 2006 Chancellors:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/040706_chan.html

2005 Chancellors Announced:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/030205_chancellors.html