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Volume 3 Issue 1
September/October 2005

Events and Celebrations

  • Tailgate Party, Oct. 22

    What: Alumni tailgate party, Texas v. Texas Tech football game
    Where: South lawn of the Law School
    When: 12:30, Sat., Oct. 22
    Provided by: Eduardo Rodriguez, '68, President of the State Bar of Texas

  • Career Services' Mentor Reception, Oct. 27

    WHAT: UT Law alumni and students are invited to Career Services' 8th Annual "Cocktails & Conversation." This is an opportunity for law students to network and to seek career advice from alumni and friends of the Law School.
    WHEN: Oct. 27, 2005, 6 -8 p.m.
    WHERE: Shoreline Grill, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. (Austin)
    WHO: UT Law students & alumni
    RSVP: Contact Deb Freeman at dfreeman@law.utexas.edu or (512) 232-2162.

  • Constitutional Law Symposium, Oct. 27-28

    What: Prominent law professors, historians, and political scientists discuss Prof. Calvin Johnson's book, Righteous Anger at the Wicked States: The Meaning of the Founders' Constitution.
    When/Where: Oct. 27-28; Eidman Courtroom, UT Law.
    Who: The event is free and the public is invited.
    Details: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/092705_book.html

  • UT Law/CourtTV Film Festival Kickoff, Oct. 30

    UT Law and CourtTV are teaming up to present a series of legal documentaries and movies to students. CourtTV's Jack Ford hosts the kickoff event on Sun., Oct. 30 in Townes Hall. The program features UT Law's Bill Allison review of a juvenile criminal confession documentary. The film festival is coordinated by Director of Student Life Allyson Childs, '95, and is the first law school-CourtTV Film Festival in the U.S.

  • Translating Human Rights Conference, Nov. 3-4

    What: The Rapoport Center and the Texas Journal of International Law will present a symposium focused on international human rights law in different contexts.
    When/Where: Nov. 3-4; Eidman Courtroom, UT Law.
    Who: The conference is open to the public and free.
    Conference Web site: http://www.utexas.edu/law/conferences/representingculture/
  • Alumni Reunion! April 22, 2006


  • This semester UT Law hosts 80 law students from Loyola and Tulane. This includes 13 members of the Tulane Law Review, a cohort that requested to be kept together to retain the cultural integrity of their operation. "We're glad that our Law School is able to lend a hand. These are smart students who've been through a lot," said Dean Bill Powers.


  • Update on Scholarship

    Many UT Law professors' working papers can be found free at SSRN.com and on the Center for Law, Business and Economics (CLBE) Web site. To find the materials on SSRN.com, go to http://www.ssrn.com. Click on "Legal Scholarship Network," then "Research Paper Series." Papers are posted in both the Law and Economics series and the Public Law and Legal Theory categories under the UT Law links. Faculty working papers can also be accessed free at the CLBE Web site, using the link below.

    Related Links: http://www.ssrn.com and http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/clbe/.

  • Institute of Transnational Law Posts Translated Foreign Judgments

    UT Law's Institute of Transnational Law announced the posting of nearly 1,000 translated foreign judgments and statutes on the UT Law Web site. "This site creates an unprecedented opportunity to understand how different courts react to the same set of facts. We congratulate Sir Basil Markesinis and Jörg Fedtke on their excellent work," said Dean Bill Powers.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/100305_transnational.html

  • The Rapoport Center and Benson Library receive Lister Papers

    The papers of George Lister, a career foreign service officer who helped create a U.S. State Department bureau dedicated to human rights, arrived at UT-Austin in July. They came to UT-Austin as the result of a collaboration between the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at UT Law and the Benson Latin American Collection. As Lister was a specialist in Latin America, the Benson Latin American Collection will house the papers.

    Full story: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/about/news/lister.html

Faculty Honors and Awards

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

  • Four Tenure and Tenure-Track Faculty Join UT Law

    This fall four tenure and tenure-track faculty joined UT Law. Professor A. Mechele Dickerson, an award-winning teacher and insolvency expert, serves as a visiting professor this semester. She will become the Fulbright & Jaworski professor in the spring. Jens Dammann (comparative corporate law), Derek Jinks (public international law and criminal law), and Emily Kadens (European legal history), join the faculty as assistant professors.

    Professor A. Mechele Dickerson: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/080405_dickerson.html

    Asst. Professor Jens Dammann: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/083005_dammann.html

    Asst. Professor Derek Jinks: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/080405_jinks.html

    Asst. Professor Emily Kadens: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news//2005/083005_kadens.html

  • Emerging Scholars Program

    This year UT Law welcomes Sam Buell, David Gamage, and Alvaro Santos as fellows in the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP). The program provides support and residence at the Law School for those pursuing an academic career. Much like postdoctoral fellows in the humanities and social sciences, ESP fellows gain teaching experience, an opportunity for scholarly progress, and advice on entering the general law teaching market.

    Program information: http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/curriculum/emerging.html

  • Professor Sanford Levinson to study at Bellagio Center

    Professor Sanford Levinson will be a scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy this November. He will work on a book entitled The Iron Cage of the United States Constitution.

    Professors Linda Mullenix and Gerald Torres have also studied at the Bellagio Center.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/091305_levinson.html

  • Sir Basil Markesinis Elected to Italian Academy

    Sir Basil Markesinis will be installed in the Italian Academy (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei) on November 11th.

  • Immigration Law Clinical Fellowship Awarded

    The Immigration Law Clinic awarded its first clinical fellowship to Frances Valdez, '05. This Law School-funded fellowship creates the opportunity for Valdez to help students represent low-income clients. Cases typically involve applicants for asylum, long-term permanent residents facing deportation, and immigrant victims of domestic violence.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/091405_valdez.html

In the news:

Regular columnists:

  • Professor Charles Childress is a regular columnist for HEARTBEAT, the quarterly Texas journal for Texas CASA (court appointed special advocates).

  • Professor Linda Mullenix for The National Law Journal.

  • Professor David Sokolow for the Australian Law Journal.

  • Professor Jay Westbrook (with Elizabeth Warren) for The American Bankruptcy Institute Law Journal.

Alumni Honors

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

  • Joe Jamail,'52, Honored by Texas Appleseed on Nov. 10

    On Nov. 10 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas, Appleseed will host its annual Good Apple Dinner and will present this year's award to Houston Attorney Joe Jamail for his professional and personal efforts to promote justice and equality. To reserve a table of for more information, contact Susan Harry at (512) 542-9744 or visit www.texasappleseed.net to learn about Texas Appleseed.

  • E. William "Bill" Barnett,'58, Selected Director of the Year

    E. William "Bill" Barnett, '58, was chosen by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as the 2005 Director of the Year. Barnett will be honored at a special award presentation in Washington, D.C in recognition of his contributions to Reliant Energy. His leadership during a difficult period in that company's history helped the board address the company's pressing financial, legal and regulatory issues and helped rebuild Reliant Energy's credibility.

    Full story: http://www.nacdonline.org/nacd/pressdetail.asp?pressID=30

  • Hon. Harriet M. Murphy, '69, Receives Raymond Pace Alexander Award

    The Honorable Harriet M. Murphy,'69, received the 2005 Raymond Pace Alexander Award by the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association (NBA) on Aug. 4. UT Law Dean Bill Powers, who attended the awards luncheon in Orlando, said, "I can think of no one who deserves this award more than Judge Murphy. She has been a path-breaking pioneer in the legal community." He added, "We are proud she is an alumna and a good friend of our Law School."

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/080805_murphy.html

  • Charles R. Dyer, '74, receives Gallagher Distinguished Service Award

    This summer Charles R. Dyer, '74, received the American Association of Law Libraries' 2005 Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award. He is the director of libraries at San Diego County Public Law Library. Of the three recipients, two were from UT Law: Dyer and Professor Roy Mersky.

  • Julene Franki, '81, named Executive Director of ALI-ABA

    Julene Franki, '81, was named the Executive Director of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Continuing Professional Education (ALI-ABA). She was in private practice until 1987, when she began her career at the State Bar of Texas. After serving as a program director and director of new projects, she was named Director of the Professional Development Program in February 2000. During her tenure, the organization expanded its share of the Texas CLE market.

  • Sean Pevsner, '04, and Bernadette Segura, '05 receive Fellowships

    Sean Pevsner, '04, and Bernadette Segura, '05, have been chosen as members of the Equal Justice Works Fellowship Class of 2005. Fellows work in 14 states and the District of Columbia providing legal services in 15 issue areas, including children and youth, civil rights, community and economic development, education, health care, housing and homelessness, immigrants' rights and workplace safety.

    "Students interested in pursuing a public interest career should strongly consider applying for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship. The fellowship is prestigious and generous because it includes a loan repayment component," said Tina V. Fernandez, director of public service programs with the UT Law Career Services Office. "We are very pleased with the success that UT Law students have had in applying for this fellowship."

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/101305_ejwfellows.html

Student Honors

  • Rapoport Center designates five students as "Human Rights Scholars"

    The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice designated five students as "Human Rights Scholars" to help advance the Center's goals. Allen Cooper, Parisa Fatehi, Jeremy Freeman, Elizabeth Hardy, and Gregory Krauss were selected in August by a committee of international law faculty on the basis of academic credentials, leadership skills, and dedication to human rights careers. They will receive scholarships in recognition of their achievements and in exchange for their service to the Center.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/092905_scholars.html


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