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February 27, 2008

The Dean and SBA honor Professor Rob Owen, Assistant Dean Rey Ramos, and Senior Office Assistant Michael Saldana

Dean Larry Sager and the Student Bar Association (SBA) at The University of Texas School of Law recently recognized three people from the faculty, administration, and staff who have gone out of their way to help law students. The honorees are Clinical Professor Rob Owen, Co-director of the Capital Punishment Clinic; Rey Ramos, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; and Mike Saldana, Senior Office Assistant.

Owen, Ramos, and Saldana received the awards during Law Week at the Dean’s Luncheon on February 19, 2008. “Each year at the Dean’s Luncheon, the Dean and SBA recognize members of the faculty, administration, and staff who go above and beyond for the student body,” said Katie Lyons, SBA president at UT Law.

“Clinical professors dedicate extraordinary time and effort to their work with students, and that commitment rarely gets the recognition it deserves,” Lyons said. “Having successfully argued several times before the United States Supreme Court, Professor Owen has an amazing record of professional achievements. His dedication to the students of the Law School and the Capital Punishment Clinic, however, is just as remarkable. He has influenced and motivated many law students during his time at UT,” she said.

“I am deeply touched to receive this honor,” Owen said after the Law Week luncheon. “Certainly, those of us who work in the Capital Punishment Clinic are grateful for Dean Sager’s generous praise for our hard-won courtroom victories, in which our students have played a vital role,” Owen continued. “But our most important goal in the clinic is to enrich our students’ academic experience and encourage them to find personal satisfaction in the lives they will lead as lawyers. I’d like to think that this award reflects our success in those endeavors,” he said.

Ramos and Saldana also received recognition for their contributions to the student body.

“In every way, Dean Ramos is a tireless advocate for the students,” Lyons said. “His open door is a welcoming bridge in the gap between the administration and the students. Rey’s ability to connect with students and make them feel comfortable to bring their issues to him is invaluable to the school. No matter what the issue is, Dean Ramos will help you in everyway he can,” she said.

Commenting on Saldana, Lyons said, “No matter how stressed a law student is, Mike can make their day better and brighter. Anything you need or any question you have, Mike is there to help and always goes out of his way with a smile on his face. Mike is truly an irreplaceable asset to the law school and especially to the student body.”

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Contact: Katie Lyons, President, Student Bar Association, UT Law, 972-489-8779 or

Media contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or