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Dean Bill Powers is pleased to announce the creation of UT Law News, a bi-monthly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends to keep you informed of the latest news and events at UT Law.

Volume 1, Number 1
April 2004

Events and Celebrations

Alumni Reunion - April 17 dot   Reunion! April 17
Reunion 2004 will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2004. 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. All UT Law graduates are encouraged to "come home" for a full day of activities and fun!

Awards and Honors

dot  2004 Law Alumni Association Awards and Honorary Order of the Coif
On Feb. 27, The University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association honored four of its members for their outstanding work. Bernard I. Dow, '56, received the Lifetime Achievement Award; the Honorable Edith H. Jones, '74, was named Outstanding Alumnus of the year; the Honorable James DeAnda, '50, was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service; and the Honorable Bruce Gibson, '78, was awarded Honorary Order of the Coif.

dot  UT Law takes National Admiralty Moot for third consecutive year
The University of Texas won its fifth national title at the Eleventh Annual Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition held on March 25-27 in New Orleans. Defending champion, third-year law student Adam Harbin, won his second national title, the Adams & Reese Award as the Best Oral Advocate in the Championship Round, and the Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams Award as the best oral advocate of the tournament. Teammates Alex Kaplan, '04, and Susanna Southworth, '04, rounded out the championship team.

dot  McGarity tapped to deliver the prestigious national Order of the Coif Lecture, April 2
Professor Tom McGarity will deliver the national Order of the Coif speech at the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence Kansas on Friday, April 2. The speech, which is open to the public, is entitled "Bending Science: What Special Interests Do to Avoid Accountability When the Truth Hurts." It will focus on how scientific studies are manipulated by stakeholders in order to persuade decision-makers, including judges, regulators, politicians, and the American public.

dot  Professor Brian Leiter's Nietzsche on Morality honored at Hamilton Book Awards
On Sunday, March 28, professor Brian Leiter's book Nietzsche on Morality (Routledge, 2002) was named one of four finalists in UT-Austin's Hamilton Book Awards. The Hamilton Awards are the highest honor of literary achievement given to published authors at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, president of the university, hosted the event and announced the winners.

dot  Eduardo Rodriguez, '68, running for Texas State Bar president
Former University of Texas Law School Alumni Association President Eduardo Rodriguez, '68, is running for State Bar president.

dot  National Appellate Advocacy competition success!
A University of Texas School of Law moot court team won the regional championship in the 2004 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition and will advance to the national finals in Chicago in early April. Team members Connie Pfeiffer, Carol Funk, and Heather Fraley bested a team from Duke University in the final round to earn that honor.

dot  UT Law takes the Jessup Regional Tournament
The 2004 Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Team from The University of Texas School of Law experienced tremendous success at the South Central Regional Competition held in Houston on Feb. 19 to 21. Team members Daniel Chadwick, Ben Ellison, Abraham George, Syed Mahmood Ahmad, and Shane Mecham finished the preliminary rounds as the top seed and won this year's regional tournament. The UT Law moot court team will now advance to the 2004 Shearman & Sterling International Rounds to be held in Washington, D.C., from March 28 to April 3.

Conferences, Classroom and Library

dot  Dean Powers to keynote ethics conference
Dean Powers will deliver the keynote address at The University of Texas Ethics Conference on April 15, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. in the LBJ auditorium. The presentation, "The Ethics of Enron: Lessons for the Future," will kick off a three day conference. Admission is free and open to the public.

dot  UT Launches the Center for Law, Business, and Economics
This week UT launched the Center for Law, Business, and Economics. Directed by Professor Ronald Mann, the center fosters research and study on a variety of topics at the intersections among law, business, and economics, of which the most prominent focal points are empirical and transactional studies. Center faculty teach and write in many areas of the law, including copyright and patent law, bankruptcy, commercial law, corporations, antitrust, international trade, and civil procedure. The Center issues working papers, conducts a workshop course for students, awards student fellowships and scholarships, and in due course plans to hold an annual conference.

dot  Focus on Faculty scholarship and activities
Our Law School has long had one of the outstanding faculties in the nation, both in terms of the scholarly distinction of the faculty members and their success in the classroom. Listings of our faculty members' most recent publications and activities are routinely updated online and can be found at: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/news/.

dot  Faculty, students work on U.S. Supreme Court cases
UT Law faculty members and students are playing an important role in the litigation of three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004: Tennard v. Dretke, Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. James N. Kirby Pty Ltd., and Stewart v. Dutra Construction Co. For more information, go online to http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/030804_supreme.html and

dot  NAACP Chairman Julian Bond to speak at UT Law, April 9
The Thurgood Marshall Legal Society (TMLS) celebrates the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education with a talk by civil rights leader, writer and university professor Julian Bond at The University of Texas School of Law on Friday, April 9. Bond, the chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is a featured speaker in the TMLS Distinguished Speakers Series and will talk about "How Affirmative Action Affects Race Relations in this Country: Brown to Now."

dot  Symposium: The Death Penalty and Mexico-U.S. Relations
On April 14, UT Law, The Mexican Center of LLILAS, and the College of Liberal Arts will present "The Death Penalty and Mexico-U.S. Relations: Historical Continuities and Present Dilemas" at the Benson Rare Books Room (9:00-10:45 A.M.) and at the Jeffers Courtroom, UT School of Law (11:00-5:30).

dot  Exhibit: Western Books
Through April 9, the 2003 Western Books Exhibition will be on display in the Townes Hall Atrium. The exhibit features the best-designed books in the western United States. The Rounce & Coffin Club of Los Angeles selected 25 books for its 62nd Annual Western Books Exhibition. As always, the jurors honored both limited-edition private press books and colorfully illustrated trade editions.

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