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Volume 2 Issue 3
March/April 2005

Events

In Memoriam

  • Professor Robert O. Dawson, 1939-2005

    The UT-Austin community will celebrate the life of Professor Robert O. Dawson on Sat., April 2 at the LBJ Auditorium.

    Professor Dawson died at his home in Fentress, Texas, on February 26, 2005. He was 65 years old. He held the Bryant Smith Chair in Law at the Law School, where he taught for 37 years beginning in 1968. From 1974 through 1998, he served as the director of the Criminal Defense Clinic which he co-founded. He and his co-supervisors worked with more than 1,200 students on criminal defendants’ cases. Those students handled more than 7,200 cases.

    Official statement and photo gallery: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/022605_dawson.html

  • In Memoriam: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/enewsletter/inmemoriam/0305.pdf

Honors

  • 2005 Chancellors Announced

    Professor David Anderson presided over the installation ceremony for new members in Chancellors, the highest honorary organization at The University of Texas School of Law, on Mar. 1, 2005 in the Rare Books Room of the Tarlton Law Library. Membership to Chancellors is extended to the 16 students with the highest grade point averages after two years at UT Law.
    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/030205_chancellors.html

  • Texas Law Fellowships Announces 2005 Excellence in Public Interest Awards Honorees

    This February, Texas Law Fellowships announced the recipients of the 2005 Excellence in Public Interest Awards. They are: Betty Rodriguez, an attorney with the Travis County Juvenile Public Defender’s office; Allison Wetzel, Juvenile Public Defender for the Travis County District Attorney’s office; Michael Marin, a trial attorney with Vinson & Elkins, LLP; UT Law professors Bill Allison, Robert Dawson and David Shepard, and students of the UT Law Actual Innocence Clinic; and Maunica Sthanki, a third-year UT Law student.
    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/021705_tlfawards.html

  • Travis County Honors Heman Sweatt

    On Feb. 28, Chancellor Mark Yudof, Texas Supreme Court Justice Wallace Jefferson, ’88, and other members of the UT Law community attended the unveiling of a bronze plaque at the Travis County Courthouse that commemorates UT Law civil rights pioneer Heman Sweatt. UT Law has named a professorship and scholarship in honor of the civil rights pioneer and has become a national leader in graduating African-Americans and Mexican-Americans according to the most recent American Bar Association statistics.
    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/030105_sweatt.html

  • Dean Powers Leads Explore UT to Success

    On March 5, UT-Austin hosted more than 40,000 people at its annual open house, Explore UT. Dean Powers chaired the event this year, which brought the largest estimated crowd to date to campus. At the Law School, more than 200 children packed the Eidman Courtroom to hear U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edward Prado, ’72, preside over the trial of Gold E. Locks. (She was found guilty of trespassing.)

Faculty Honors & Awards

  • Bree Buchanan,’89, Honored for Outstanding Service in Public/Nonprofit Sector

    On April 6, Children’s Rights Clinic director Bree Buchanan will be recognized by the Austin Bar Association for outstanding service in the public/nonprofit sector. She will be presented with the award established in honor of Regina Rogoff (class of ’73), longtime executive director of Legal Aid of Central Texas.

  • Linda Mullenix named Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation

    Linda Mullenix, who holds the Rita and Morris Atlas Chair in Advocacy, was named a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fewer than 1/3 of 1% of State Bar members are granted admission to this elite group, and UT Law is proud to have several faculty members and many alumni counted as Fellows.
    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/030205_mullenix.html

  • Robert Peroni Named a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel

    Robert Peroni, the Parker C. Fielder Regents Professor in Tax Law, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. Fewer than four percent of attorneys in the tax or tax-related field are so honored by their peers.
    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/031605_peroni.html

  • Ernest Young Receives the Paul M. Bator Award

    The Federalist Society honored Professor Ernest Young with its national 2005 Paul M. Bator Award for his contributions to legal scholarship and for his commitment to students in the classroom. The award is given annually to a young academic (under 40) who has demonstrated excellence in legal scholarship, a commitment to teaching, a concern for students, and who has made a significant public impact. Previous award winners include Stephen Carter (Yale), Akhil Amar (Yale), and Adrian Vermeule (Chicago).
    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/022805_young.html

  • In the News

Law School Events

  • Dean Powers Chairs Undergraduate Curricular Reform

    UT-Austin president Larry Faulkner tapped Dean Powers to lead the 20 -member Task Force on Curricular Reform. The task force, composed of faculty and students, will development of a new undergraduate core curriculum. The core curriculum was last revised in 1981. The task force is expected to submit a written report to the president by the end of October 2005. The group’s recommendations will be presented to the university community and the Faculty Council for consideration and comment.
    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/opa/news/04newsreleases/nr_200412/nr_curriculum041213.html

  • Professor Jay Westbrook Co-chairs Emerging Scholar Program

    On April 8, Professors Jay Westbrook (UT) and Elizabeth Warren (Harvard) will convene 13 rising stars in the commercial law and bankruptcy fields to discuss papers that emphasize empirical and comparative international topics. Westbrook and Warren created the conference, Commercial Realities, to help young scholars develop their skills in these two important areas and to exchange ideas and approaches with each other. Five senior scholars served as commentators and mentors. Westbrook and Warren hope the conference will become an annual affair, alternating between Austin and Cambridge

  • Sunbelt Minority Job Fair

    UT Law is a board member of the Sunbelt Minority Job Fair and would encourage your firm to participate on September 8 at the Sunbelt Minority Recruitment Program at the Crowne Plaza Suites in Dallas. The fair provides legal employers throughout the U.S. with an opportunity to interview law students from five states, including UT Law students. For registration information, please visit http://sunbeltjobfair.com.

  • First-Year Students participate in Ambitious Public Service Program

    As part of its new first-year society program, more than half of all first-year law students participated in a variety of community service projects. These projects ranged from helping victims of domestic violence to volunteering for the 77 th Annual Zilker Park Kite Festival.
    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/030105_societies.html

  • Spring Society newsletter: http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/studentlife/sp05.pdf

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