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Volume 3 Issue 3
January/February 2006

* Announcement
* Events & Celebrations
* Faculty Honors
* Faculty in the News
* Student Honors
* Alumni Honors
* Milestones
* In Memoriam


  • Steven Goode, associate dean for academic affairs at the Law School, has been appointed dean ad interim for the School of Law, effective Feb. 1. He holds the G. Rollie White Teaching Excellence Chair in Law, and has been a member of the Law School faculty since 1977. He is a UT Distinguished Teaching Professor, teaching courses in evidence, criminal law, and professional responsibility.

  • Professor David Rabban, who holds the Dahr Jamail, Randall Hage Jamail and Robert Lee Jamail Regents Chair and is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, has been named associate dean for academic affairs at UT Law for the spring semester.

  • Rey Ramos, the Director of Admissions at the Law School, has been named the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs effective March 1. He will replace Dean Susana Alemán who announced her retirement effective Feb. 28. (See Milestones below for links to news of Dean Alemán's retirement.)

  • The University is conducting a nationwide search to replace Dean William C. Powers Jr., who is now the University's 28th president.

    Related Links:
    Professor Steven Goode Named Dean Ad Interim:
    Professor David Rabban Named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:
    Rey Ramos Named Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at UT Law:
    UT Law Dean Position Posting:

Events and Celebrations

  • Save the date! Alumni Reunion, April 22

    Reunion 2006 will be held on Sat., April 22. This year, we honor those graduates of classes ending in "1" or "6", from 1956 through 2001. Make your plans now to return to the UT campus for the opportunity to get reacquainted with your classmates, see what's going on around the Law School, and visit your old Austin haunts.

    Link: http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/alumni/reunion/

  • Explore UT: The Biggest Open House in Texas, March 4

    The Law School invites all alumni and friends to join us for Explore UT 2006. This free open house will include the following lectures: Professor George Dix on what the law requires for "legal insanity" and why Andrea Yates' situation presented such a hard case; Professor Calvin Johnson on the adoption of the U.S. Constitution; Professor Norma Cantu on Texas school finance cases; Professors Emily Kadens and Douglas Laycock on how judges are limited in how they can act and defend their actions; Professor Lino Graglia on the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in our governmental system; Professor Jane Cohen on different perspectives on human cloning; Professor Bill Allison on innocence litigation; Professor Emily Kadens on medieval books; Professor Douglas Laycock on Supreme Court cases dealing with religious liberty; Professor Charles Childress on parentage and why it matters in child abuse cases; and Professor Derek Jinks on the role of law in war. Popular activities for the whole family include "Gold E. Locks on Trial," and complimentary ice cream!

    Link: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/021606_exploreut.html

  • The Review of Litigation Symposium: “The Review at 25: Looking to the Future of Litigation,” Feb. 23

    The Review of Litigation will present its annual symposium on Thurs., Feb. 23, and Fri., Feb. 24. In honor of the publication's twenty-fifth year of publishing, the symposium will focus on the future of litigation and is titled "The Review at 25: Looking to the Future of Litigation." The keynote address will be given by The Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/011906_trol.html

  • People’s Law School Offers Public Free Legal Education, Feb. 25

    More than 400 people are expected to attend People’s Law School, a free program held at UT Law designed to educate the community about common legal issues. Dozens of volunteer attorneys and legal experts, many of whom are UT Law alumni, will be on hand to teach the basics of the law and answer general legal questions.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/013006_pls.html

  • Law Library Exhibits Celebrate Black History Month in February

    A new exhibit titled “Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement” will be on display in UT Law’s Susman Godfrey Atrium beginning Feb. 6. The Law School’s Tarlton Law Library is hosting the exhibit along with two other new exhibits—all open to the public through Feb. 27—to celebrate Black History Month.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/013006_mlk.html

  • Tarlton Law Library Documents an Early “Transatlantic” Law Library in New Publication

    Information about one of the great early law libraries of the American South is documented in the latest volume of the Tarlton Law Library Legal History Series, published by the Jamail Center for Legal Research at UT Law.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/012006_tarlton.html

Faculty Honors and Awards

  • UT Law Faculty Contributions to the 2006 AALS Annual Meeting

    Eight UT Law professors participated in the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools, held this year from Jan. 3 - Jan. 7 in Washington, D.C.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/012506_aals.html

  • UT Law Professors Susan Klein and Patrick Woolley Elected to the American Law Institute

    Other UT Law faculty members continue to serve in various leadership roles within ALI. UT Law’s Jane Stapleton sits on ALI's Council, the Institute's prestigious governing body. Recent ALI projects include President Bill Powers' work as co-reporter on the Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Physical Harm, approved in spring 2005. Professor Mark Gergen is currently the reporter on the ALI's new project on torts that only cause economic loss. Professor Charles Silver is currently an associate reporter on the Project on Aggregate Litigation. Professor Mark Ascher serves as an advisor to the ALI Restatement (Third) of Trusts.

    Full story:

  • Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Susana Alemán Honored as Pathfinder

    The Travis County Women Lawyers' Association selected Susana Alemán as a Pathfinder. Alemán was one of four women to be honored this year. TCWLA defines Pathfinders as role models and trailblazers—local women with law degrees who are using, and have used, their degrees in a variety of ways.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/011806_aleman.html

In the news:

A full list of faculty activities and publications can be found online at: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/news/

Student Honors

  • First-Year UT Law Student Brian J. Haley Named to the UT System Board of Regents

    Haley, 24, becomes the first student regent in the more than 100-year history of the UT System Board of Regents. All the new regents' terms will expire Feb. 1, 2007.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/020306_haley.html

Alumni Honors

Editor's Note: Alumni honors are listed in order by class year.

  • Harry M. Reasoner, ’62, Featured in Tarlton Law Library Oral History Series

    The Tarlton Law Library has published “Harry M. Reasoner: An Oral History Interview” (2005). In the interview, Reasoner discusses his undergraduate and law education, as well as the many highpoints from his legal career.

    This newest volume in the oral history series joins those already published with Page Keeton, Gus Hodges, Corwin Johnson, Joseph D. Jamail, and three former chief justices of the Texas Supreme Court (Robert W. Calvert, Joe R. Greenhill, Sr., and Jack Pope).

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/120905_reasoner.html

  • H. Lee Godfrey, ’69, Appointed to UT Law School Foundation Board of Trustees

    The University of Texas Law School Foundation was established in 1952 as an educational foundation to support The University of Texas School of Law. The Board of Trustees includes among its members some of the most prominent attorneys in Texas and the nation.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/121305_godfrey.html


  • Celebration: The Work of Douglas Laycock at UT Law

    Professor Laycock announced that he will resign or retire from the Law School effective Aug. 31, leaving his positions as Associate Dean for Research and as the Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law.

    He will join his wife, Dr. Teresa Sullivan, at the University of Michigan where she will become Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs effective June 1. Professor Laycock will join the University of Michigan’s law school faculty beginning in the 2006-07 academic year.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/010306_laycock.html

  • Assistant Dean for Student Affairs to Leave UT Law after 21 Years

    Dean Alemán became the first woman and first Hispanic to serve as assistant dean for student affairs in the Law School’s history. She accepted the job the month after she graduated from UT Law in 1984.

    Over the past two decades, Alemán has both supervised the Law School’s Student Affairs Office and counseled thousands of law students on both academic and personal matters. She also helped organize various events at the Law School including Parents’ Day and The Sunflower Ceremony.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/012306_aleman.html

In Memoriam


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