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February 15, 2007

Student Bar Association Hosts Law Week, Feb. 19–24

AUSTIN, Texas—The Student Bar Association (SBA) at the University of Texas School of Law is sponsoring the 39th Annual W. Page Keeton Law Week on Feb. 19–24. Law Week is a series of events, which are included in the calendar below, that celebrate the students, faculty, and alumni of UT Law.

Law Week features a number of activities at the Law School designed to promote community and student-faculty interaction. This year’s schedule includes a student-faculty dodgeball game, a community breakfast and lunch, a “Townes Hall” meeting with the Dean, and culminates in SBA’s flagship semi-formal event, Casino Night.  

The SBA gives its special thanks to top sponsors Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and BakerBotts LLP.

The following is a schedule of Law Week activities:

All Week

SBA Triple Drive Society Competition
All week, Susman Godfrey Atrium
The first Triple Drive Society Competition will take place this year with a canned food drive, a clothing drive, and a blood drive. All week, the SBA will be collecting clothing and canned food for the Salvation Army.   The SBA and the Office of Student Life will reward the society with the most participation in our three Law Week drives with a prize valued at $400. For each canned good donated, the society will receive 1 point. For each item of clothing donated, the society will receive 2 points, and for each person who gives blood at the blood drive on Thursday, the society will receive 10 points. Points will be tallied at the end of the week and the winning society will be announced at Casino Night.

Monday, Feb. 19

SBA Breakfast Taco Kickoff
8:30 AM, Susman Godfrey Atrium
Start W. Page Keeton Law Week 2007 off right with FREE breakfast tacos!  The SBA will also be distributing Law Week programs and a limited number of FREE Law Week T-shirts. Come by early to pick one up!

SBA Student Organization Fair
11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Susman Godfrey Atrium
Come learn about the Law School’s many student organizations and find out how you can get involved! 

Texas International Law Journal: International Trivia Game
11 A.M. – 2 P.M., Susman Godfrey Atrium
The Texas International Law Journal will be hosting its second annual TILJ Trivia Day at Law Week this year!  Come by the TILJ table, test your knowledge of international trivia, and win prizes!

Texas Federalist Society: Guest Speaker Michael Toner
1 P.M. – 2 P.M., Eidman Jury Room
Michael Toner, Chairman of the Fed Election Commission, will be speaking on the topic of election law and its effects on contemporary politics.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Concerned Students for LRAP: Website Launch
www.utlrap.org
The website for Concerned Students for LRAP will be launched today. The group has been advocating the establishment of a Loan Repayment Assistance Program at UT Law for the past eight years and is now seeking immediate line-item funding for an LRAP from the School of Law's 2008 budget. The University of Texas is the only top 20 law school in the country that has yet to establish an LRAP.

Environmental Law Society: Tasty Treats Bake Sale
10 A.M. – 2 P.M., Susman Godfrey Atrium
ELS members will bake tasty treats for your enjoyment. Our finest quality home-baked goods will include organic and locally sourced ingredients. Proceeds will benefit ELS.

CHLSA: Fajita Fiesta
11 A.M. – 3 P.M., Susman Godfrey Atrium
A tradition since the early 1980s, CHLSA will sell fajita tacos and provide music and entertainment for students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

SBA Dean’s Luncheon
11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Susman Godfrey Atrium
The Dean’s Luncheon is an annual tradition. This year’s luncheon will honor Law Week Faculty Honoree Professor Patrick Woolley and Staff Honoree Paula Taylor. During the luncheon the Student Bar Association will also recognize the sponsors who have made Law Week possible. All UT Law students, faculty, and staff are welcome; lunch is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This luncheon is sponsored by the Office of the Dean.

SBA Townes Hall Meeting with new Dean Larry Sager
3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M., Room 2.137
Discuss current issues and ask questions about the future of the Law School with Dean Larry Sager. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, Feb. 22

SBA Blood Drive
1:30 P.M. – 4 P.M., Blood Center of Central Texas Bus
The Blood Center of Central Texas will have their blood donation bus parked on the east side of the Law School on Robert Dedman Drive—stop by and give blood!  Just one pint of blood can save up to three lives!  For each society member who gives blood, the society will receive 10 points towards the winning the week long Triple Drive Competition! 

SBA “Mad Dog” Dawson Faculty-Student Dodgeball Tournament
3:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M., Harris Park
Now in its third year, the “Mad Dog” Dawson Faculty-Student Dodgeball Tournament will bring together faculty and students as they play the fiercest game on the playground: dodgeball. Refreshments will be provided by the SBA.

Sunflower Society: 3L Happy Hour
5 P.M. – 7 P.M., Speakeasy, 412 Congress Avenue
What is the Sunflower Society?  Why have almost 400 3Ls joined the Sunflower Society over the past 3 years?  Learn the answer to these questions and enjoy food and drinks on the Rooftop Terrace at Speakeasy. The Sunflower Society consists of graduating students that pledge to support the University of Texas School of Law over a three-year period following graduation. Members are given a brick with their name on it in the Law School breezeway and are invited to an annual donor event hosted by Dean Sager.

Texas Association for Law & Business Meet & Greet
7 P.M., Molotov, 719 W. Sixth Street
The Texas Association for Law & Business will be holding a mixer with the McCombs Business School’s Graduate Finance Association.

SBA “Bar Review”
10 P.M. – 2 A.M., Light Bar, 408 Congress Ave.
Come out to the SBA’s weekly “Bar Review” and mingle with fellow law students. Drink specials will be available for all UT Law students.

Friday, Feb. 23

Texas Law Fellowships: Excellence in Public Interest Awards Reception
6:30 P.M., Bill and Stephanie Whitehurst's home (2703 Westlake Drive).
The annual Excellence in Public Interest Awards reception honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the public interest law field. This year, the Texas Law Fellowships is awarding individuals from four groups: student, professor/faculty, public interest attorney, and private attorney. Many representatives of public interest organizations in Austin are expected to attend. The event is open to all law students and to guests of the honorees.

Saturday, Feb. 24

People’s Law School
8:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M., University of Texas School of Law
The Austin Bar Association, in partnership with the University of Texas School of Law, Lawyer Referral Service, and K-EYE, will hold its annual People's Law School, an opportunity for the general public to learn the basics of common legal issues. Attorneys from the community teach classes about legal questions in more than 30 subjects, including small business issues, identity theft, wills & estate planning, constitutional rights, tax law, and more. The event is free and open to the public.

S B A   C A S I N O   N I G H T
10 P.M. – 2 A.M., Hyatt on Town Lake
An annual tradition at the Law School, Casino Night is a much-anticipated event. Dress in your best and head to the Hyatt for an evening of gambling and entertainment provided by cover band LC Rocks. Tickets are available in advance for $30 starting Monday, Feb. 19 in the Susman Godfrey Atrium. Prices increase to $35 on Friday and at the door.

For more information about any of these activities contact Stephanie Hui at (469) 441-0974. The SBA gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:

Chief Justices: Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, BakerBotts LLP, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.

Justices: Student Events Center Events CoSponsorship Committee, Cooley Godward LLP, King & Spalding LLP, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP, Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP, McKool Smith, PC, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.

Chancellors: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Diamond McCarthy Taylor Finley & Lee, LLP, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP, Jones Day, Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C., Vinson & Elkins LLP, the University of Texas School of Law – Office of the Dean.

Barristers: Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, LLP, Cox Smith Matthews, Inc., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Graves, Dougherty, Hearon, & Moody, P.C., Latham & Watkins LLP, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.