Volume 2 Issue 3
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
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.
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
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.)
Bree Buchanan,’89, Honored for Outstanding Service in Public/Nonprofit
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
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.
Robert Peroni Named a Fellow of the American College of
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).
- In the News
Calvin Johnson Publishes Book on the Purpose of the U.S. Constitution
month, Cambridge University Press released Calvin Johnson’s
The Righteous Anger of the Wicked States, a history of why the U.S.
Constitution was adopted. The most pressing need, he argues, was
to allow the federal government to tax to pay off the debts of the
common defense. The Constitution went far beyond the immediate
fiscal needs, however, to create a supreme, three-part national government.
The book argues that the Founders' anger at the states for their recurring
breaches of duty to the united cause explains both critical steps
and the driving impetus for the revolution. “A fine achievement,
and a sophisticated book,” says Jefferson Powell of Duke Law
The New York Times Op-Ed: Black, Silver, and Co-Authors on Texas Medical
Related study: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/031005_malpractice.html
Sarah Cleveland in The Washington Post: "Is There Room for the
World in Our Courts?"
Douglas Laycock in The Austin American-Statesman on the Top 10-Percent
on UT-Austin’s Take 5 Video
John Robertson in The Austin American-Statesman on the Schiavo Case
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.
Spring Society newsletter: http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/studentlife/sp05.pdf
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