On Saturday, February 16, 2008 UT Law will host a one-day seminar on the mechanics of law firm practice. This unique program, first unveiled by Dean Larry Sager in 2007, was conceived by Eduardo Rodriguez, ’68, former president of the State Bar of Texas and name partner in Rodriguez, Colvin, Chaney & Saenz, LLP, and created by Professor David Robertson, the W. Page Keeton Chair in Tort Law. “The seminar addresses a concern that most law students will graduate from UT without any understanding of how law firms actually work—of the hows, whys, do’s and don’ts of law practice,” said Sager. “Eduardo thought that all law students would benefit greatly from a basic primer on the practice of law, and that for those who eventually may find themselves in small practices of their own, such a primer would be crucial.” Sager noted that the subject matter is sufficiently important that the School is making it available to UT law students and alumni within five years of graduation at no cost. The day also includes a complimentary breakfast and lunch. The Law School’s Continuing Legal Education department and the State Bar of Texas both strongly support the program, and have joined the School in presenting it.
“How to Establish, Organize, and Operate a Successful Law Firm” will bring together distinguished attorneys from all parts of Texas. Anyone who intends to practice law will benefit from attending. Those who aim to practice in large law firms will be far more effective associates and partners if they know how their firm is organized and operated. Those who intend to establish their own practices or to join small firms will find the program especially valuable: leading solo practitioners will offer very useful guidance. While the program is likely to be of most interest to second and third year students, first year students interested in gaining early insight into law firm practices and cultures are welcome to attend.
The seminar will be held in the Eidman Courtroom. Breakfast will be served beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Law School’s Susman Godfrey Atrium. The program will begin at 8:50 a.m. and will conclude at 4:15 p.m.
While the program is free, registration in advance is required. The online registration form may be found at:
Contact: Tom Henninger, UT Law Communications, THenninger@law.utexas.edu