UT Law News - The Electronic Newsletter of the University of Texas School of Law

Volume 1 Issue 2
June 2004


  Kay Bailey Hutchison Chair in Latin American Law
This spring Dean Bill Powers announced the completion of fundraising for the Kay Bailey Hutchison Chair in Latin American Law. The new initiative, which will be discussed in detail in the November issue of UTLAW magazine, builds on an important relationship that the Law School has made in Latin America, including the launching in 2000 of a new LL.M. program in Latin American and international law. The chair honors Senator Hutchison, '67, who attends to a variety of issues affecting the United States and Latin America, including policies that support free trade and the growth of democracy.

  William Wayne Justice Fund for Public Service Reaches $1 million
This year the Law School established the William Wayne Justice Fund for Public Service in honor of Judge Justice, a 1942 graduate of UT Law, and his remarkable commitment to public service and equal justice for over 50 years. The Justice Fund endows the work of the Law School's Center for Public Interest Law, now called the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law. The new name for the Center, which was created in 2000, was announced by Dean Powers at the Justice Fund Celebration Dinner on April 23. It was also announced that gifts and pledges to the Justice Fund have now reached $1 million. The endowment will allow the Justice Center to expand programs and develop new initiatives such as clinical internships, lectures and conferences, pro bono projects, student awards, and fellowships for students engaged in public service.
Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/051404_justice.html

  Rapoport Foundation funds Human Rights Initiative, Transnational Worker Rights Clinic
This year the Law School received a major grant of $100,000 per year for the next five years from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation to create a Human Rights Initiative, which will include a Transnational Worker Rights Clinic. "Bernard Rapoport has been a leading advocate for social justice, and particularly the rights of workers and immigrants, for the better part of a century," said Dean Powers. "We are extremely grateful for his support. Even more, we are honored to work with such a great man."
Full Story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/060704_grant.html

  Leading Corporate Scholar Bernard Black Comes to UT Law
Bernard S. Black has agreed to become the Hayden W. Head Regents Chair for Faculty Excellence in the School of Law. Black currently serves as the George E. Osborne Professor of Law at Stanford, where he teaches classes in corporations, corporate finance, and corporate acquisitions. Dean Powers said, "Bernie Black is a wonderful addition to our faculty. He is one of the nation's leading scholars and teachers in corporate law. He is also a nationally recognized leader in empirical research on issues of corporate law and finance. I am excited, and our students are excited, that he will be part of our family."
Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/041404_black.html

  Major Annual Fund Gift
Michelle and Bryan Goolsby of Dallas presented Dean Bill Powers with a $50,000 check, to be used at the dean's discretion for the promotion of the Law School's mission. Michelle Goolsby, '83, is Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Suiza Foods, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Bryan Goolsby, '77, is the Managing Partner of Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP, where his practice specializes in corporate and securities law. In accepting the donation, Dean Powers thanked the Goolsbys for their generosity, noting that the discretionary dollars of the Annual Fund are vital to the Law School's continuing success. He said that the gift would be put to immediate use for faculty recruitment and retention – one of the School's top priorities.

Faculty Awards and Honors

  Professor Bobbitt, Judge Diane Wood Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Professor Philip Bobbitt and Judge Diane P. Wood have been elected as Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the highest academic honors in the United States. Texas is one of only nine law schools in the U.S. to have at least four faculty elected to the Academy. Others members from UT Law are Douglas Laycock, Sanford Levinson, and Mark Yudof. Judge Diane P. Wood, J.D. '75, serves as a judge on the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and as a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Law. She received both her B.A. and J.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.
For Bobbitt news: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/050404_bobbitt.html
For Wood news: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/050404_wood.html

  UPenn Honors UT Law Professor and UT-System Chancellor Yudof with Wilson Award
Mark G. Yudof, chancellor of The University of Texas System and holder of the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts, has been honored by the University of Pennsylvania Law School for his service and contributions to the legal community. Yudof received the James Wilson Award at a law school reception in Philadelphia on May 14. In presenting the award, law school Dean Michael A. Fitts said, "The James Wilson Award is presented to a Penn Law alumnus of unquestionable character - and caliber. We are extremely delighted that this year's recipient is Mark Yudof, Class of 1968. He has dedicated three decades to educating America's youth because to him, Higher Education is more than a career, it's a calling."
Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/051804_yudof.html

  Dean Powers presents Torts Restatement to American Law Institute
On May 19 Dean Powers presented Tentative Draft Four of Restatement of Torts: Liability for Physical Harm: Basic Principles to the annual meeting of the American Law Institute in Washington, D.C. In the Spring edition of UTLAW magazine, Dean Powers discusses his torts work in the article "Research, Duty, and the Restatement," found on pages 14-15.
For a pdf of the spring issue of UTLAW click here: http://www.utexas.edu/law/magazine/wp/wp-content/uploads/magazine/archive/utlaw_spring04.pdf

  Professor David Rabban honored with first Massey Teaching Award
The Law School's first Massey Teaching Excellence Award honored Professor David M. Rabban, a member of the elite Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Rabban, who holds the Dahr Jamail, Randall Hage Jamail, and Robert Lee Jamail Centennial Chair in Law, is also a leading scholar of free speech in American history and labor law. (For the full story of the award, see the cover story on the Winter 2004 UTLAW magazine found here) "John and Libba Massey's teaching excellence award reinforces the strong Texas tradition of honoring and valuing the important work done in our classrooms. David's a highly valued member of our faculty, both as a teacher and as a scholar, and an excellent first choice for the Massey award," said Dean Bill Powers.
Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/052004_rabban.html

  Gergen, Goode, Mann, and Silver honored with Chair Appointments
This spring four professors were honored with chair appointments. They are Mark Gergen, who will hold the Fondren Foundation Centennial Chair for Faculty; Steven Goode, appointed to hold the G. Rollie White Teaching Excellence Chair in Law; Ronald Mann, promoted to the Ben H. and Kitty King Powell Chair in Business and Commercial Law; and Charles Silver who will hold the Roy W. and Eugenia C. McDonald Endowed Chair in Civil Procedure. "These four scholars and teachers have rightfully earned their new appointments. Their contributions to the Law School cannot be overestimated and we are deeply grateful for their continuing commitment to The University of Texas at Austin," said Dean Powers.
Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/052804_chair.html

  Four UT Law Professors Present Papers at the American Law and Economics Conference
Four UT Law professors (Bernie Black, Lee Fennell, Kate Litvak, and Ronald Mann) presented peer-reviewed papers at the American Law and Economics Conference. The papers are available online and can be found by following this link:
Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/050404_amle.html

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Student Honors

  Graduating Student Receives Fulbright
In the summer of 2002, law student Jay Bischoff, '04, worked on the highest profile genocide prosecution at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania. He investigated claims against Hutu military leaders who led the slaughter of 800,000 Tutsis during three months in 1994 - an experience that inspired him to pursue a career in international criminal law as a human rights advocate. Bischoff, 27, is a May graduate of the joint-degree program between Law and Latin American Studies. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Bischoff has also interned on a judicial reform project in Guatemala and an anti-forced-labor initiative in the Amazon, helped organize a war crimes conference at the law school last year and is co-authoring a book on its proceedings with UT Law professor Steven Ratner. This spring he received a Fulbright scholarship to attend Leiden University in the Netherlands, near The Hague, for a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in international criminal law. His goal is to combine his interest in Latin American issues with international criminal law and become a prosecutor of Latin American war criminals. Bischoff plans to leave for the Netherlands soon after he takes the bar in July.
Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/052004_bischoff.html

  UT Law Students Win National Championship in Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition
Law School students brought home the national championship from the 2004 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition held in Washington, D.C., on April 14-16. This is the second time in three years that UT has taken the national title. (UT last won the title in 2002.) Team members Nick Bunch and Ryan Nayar beat the University of Minnesota team in the championship round before federal circuit judges Pauline Newman, William Curtis Bryson and Sharon Prost. This win is the eighth national championship for UT Law in the last six years.
Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/042704_giles.html
Tower lighted for two national championships: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/042704_tower.html

  Students Selected to Intern on War Crimes Tribunals
Two UT Law students were selected recently to intern at the United Nations Yugoslavia and Rwanda war crimes tribunals, giving UT Law a perfect record for placing students in these internships. James Sanford, '05, will go to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, for the summer, and Marc Ellenbogen, '04, to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague for July through December.
Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/052104_rwanda.html

  Ten Students Receive UT Co-op Public Interest Awards
Ten UT Law students have been selected by Dean William Powers to receive this year's UT Co-Op Public Interest Law Awards, totaling $50,000, in honor of the students' demonstrated commitment to public service. The recipients were honored as part of the University Co-Op George H. Mitchell Student Awards for Academic Excellence banquet on April 25.
Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/051304_coop.html

Conferences Classroom and Library

  Book series initiated
The Institute of Transnational Law at The University of Texas at Austin and the Institute of Global Law at University College London have reached an agreement with Cavendish Publishing to launch a new series of textbooks and monographs on foreign and comparative law. The series will be known as the UCL and UT Studies in Foreign and Comparative Law. The first six titles will begin appearing from early 2005.
Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/051204_comparative.html

  Legal Eagles 50th anniversary, October 17
This fall the Legal Eagles invite all alumni to attend the beer bowl on October 17 in celebration of their 50th team. As is traditional, the losing team will buy the winning team a round of beer at a local tavern. For information contact faculty sponsor Brian Rider at (512) 329-0100.

  A Look Ahead to Fall '04
This fall the Alumni Association will host a tailgate party, a Non-Practicing Alumni Advisory Council meeting, the Keeton and Clark Fellows Dinner, and regional receptions. You'll receive more information about these events as they draw closer. We look forward to seeing you!

  At the Jamail Research Center
The library is hosting an exhibit both online and in Townes Hall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. This exhibit focuses on what one can learn about the case from the papers of U.S. associate Supreme Court justice Tom C. Clark, '22, and will include handwritten conference notes, internal memoranda, and photographs of the plaintiffs and defendants. For more information contact Michael Widener at (512) 471-7262 or mwidener@law.utexas.edu.
Exhibit link: http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/clark/brown.html

  Eduardo Rodriguez President-Elect of State Bar of Texas
Former UT Law Alumni Association President Eduardo R. Rodriguez, '68, has been chosen as president-elect of the State Bar of Texas. Rodriguez will serve a one-year term as president-elect before assuming the presidency in June 2005. He will be the first president of the State Bar of Texas from Brownsville. Rodriguez was elected in a statewide balloting of the organization's more than 73,000 lawyers.
Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/051004_rodriguez.html

  Professor Hamilton Retires after 40 years at UT-Austin
Professor Robert Hamilton announced his retirement from teaching this spring. Hamilton, who holds the Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law, joined the faculty in 1964 and will complete his final teaching duties at the end of this grading period. "I have found teaching at the University of Texas to be extremely rewarding, both in terms of faculty relationships and relations with practicing lawyers. I have particularly enjoyed the opportunity of meeting now middle-aged alumni who took my courses in Contracts, Business Associations, and Securities Regulation many years ago. These alumni often describe how helpful they found my lectures of 30 or so years ago to have been in their early legal practice. That definitely does make the years of teaching at The University of Texas School of Law worth while," said Hamilton in a statement.
Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/051704_hamilton.html
Professor Hamilton's statement: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/051704_retirement.html

  UT Law Career Services Hires David Montoya, '95
David A. Montoya will be the new Assistant Dean of Career Services. A 1995 graduate of UT Law, he was a partner in the law firm of Jackson Walker in Austin. Montoya replaces Kathryn Holt Richardson, '95, who left to join the Austin office of the international legal search firm Major, Hagen & Africa. "I am happy and proud to be returning to the UT Law School. I look forward to working with the students, faculty and staff of this great institution," Montoya said. "Together, I hope to continue and improve upon the important work of the Career Services Office for the benefit of all students."
Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/042004_montoya.html

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