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Volume 3 Issue 2
November/December 2005


Events and Celebrations

  • Save the date! Alumni Reunion, April 22, 2006

  • Texas Trial Attorney George Fleming, '71, Pledges $1 Million to UT Law

    UT Law has received $500,000 of a $1 million pledge from Texas trial attorney and UT Law alumnus George Fleming. The $500,000 gift will allow the Law School to fund a major renovation of its ground-floor dining commons, which will be named "George's Café" in Fleming's honor. The balance of the $1 million gift will be used to broaden programs and services in the Law School's Career Services Office and to establish the George M. Fleming Faculty Excellence Fund to recruit and retain outstanding faculty.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/111005_fleming.html

  • Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Named Gold Law Partner

    The Law Partners program is a highly important stewardship program at UT Law. The funds are dedicated to assisting the School in its efforts to recruit and retain faculty members. As a Gold Law Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. has pledged an annual gift of $30,000 per year for 10 years.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/110405_goldlawpartner.html

  • UT Law is National Champion of the Inaugural ABA National Arbitration Competition

    UT Law students Andrew Cook, '06, Portia Bettis Culver, '06, Casey Kaplan, '07, and Sarah Munson, '08 became the first national champions of the inaugural American Bar Association National Arbitration Competition held Nov. 18-20 at William Mitchell School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/120605_aba.html

  • U.S. Attorney General, Secretary of Commerce, Sen. John Cornyn, Rep. Lamar Smith, Prof. Ronald Mann, and Industry Leaders Discuss IP Protection in CourtTV Filmed Event

    On Oct. 31 U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Guitierrez, Senator John Cornyn, Representative Lamar Smith, Professor Ronald Mann, and industry leaders discussed intellectual property protection and valuations at a CourtTV filmed event moderated by CourtTV's Jack Ford. The programming schedule will be announced when available via this e-newsletter.

  • Travis County Courthouse Renamed in Honor of Heman Marion Sweatt

    The dedication ceremony of the Heman Sweatt Courthouse in Austin took place on Oct. 21. Last February, the Travis County Courthouse unveiled a bronze plaque commemorating civil rights pioneer Heman Sweatt. In 1946, Sweatt sued The University of Texas after it denied him admission to the Law School because he was black. A Texas judge at the Travis County Courthouse first denied Sweatt's claim. However, the U.S. Supreme Court took up the case on appeal and in 1950, the court unanimously ordered Sweatt's admission.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/102505_sweatt.html

  • Archived Webcast of UN Secretary-General Nominee at UT Law discussing Peace and Security Issues

    The Honorable Surakiart Sathirathai, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and nominee to succeed Kofi Annan as Secretary-General of the United Nations, spoke at UT Law on Nov. 4. In his speech, "Peace and Security: The Challenge and the Promise," Dr. Surakiart assessed the potential for the existing international legal and institutional framework to respond to contemporary challenges to international peace and security such as nuclear non-proliferation, terrorism, and the use of force by states.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/102805_surakiart.html

  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Oral Arguments at UT Law, Nov. 7-10

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit sat at UT Law from Mon., Nov. 7, through Thurs., Nov. 10, as part of the Advocacy Program's "Judges in Residence" series. The proceedings were open to the UT Law community and the public.

    Normally located in New Orleans, the Fifth Circuit has been temporarily relocated to Texas due to Hurricane Katrina.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/110605_fifthcircuit.html

Faculty Honors and Awards

  • Tony Reese Named One of the 100 Most Innovative in Technology Field

    The World Technology Network named UT Law's Professor R. Anthony Reese as one of the five most innovative scholars in law and technology in its announcement for its 2005 World Technology Awards. As such, Reese was included among the top 100 most innovative people working in the technology field.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/102705_reese.html

  • Sarah Buel honored with Civil Rights Award

    On Oct. 23, Sarah Buel was honored with the Texas Civil Rights Project's Henry B. Gonzalez Civil Rights Award for her work with domestic violence victims. She was also the subject of a front page story by the Texas Lawyer on Sept. 26.

    About Sarah Buel: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/buelsm/

  • Robert J. Peroni Receives Texas Exes Faculty Teaching Award

    Each year the Texas Exes honor a professor from each college and school with the Texas Excellence Teaching Award. It is especially rewarding for the recipients because students are allowed to nominate and choose the best professors on campus. At the Law School, a Student Bar Association committee selected Peroni for his enthusiasm for teaching and compassion for his students. He has taught at the Law School since 2003.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/112305_peroni.html

  • Law Professors Receive Grant to Support Study of Medical Malpractice Litigation

    Professors Bernard Black and Charles Silver and Visiting Professor William Sage at The University of Texas School of Law have been awarded a UT research grant to support a study entitled "Jury Verdicts and Post-Trial Outcomes: Evidence from Texas Medical Malpractice Cases, 1988-2003."

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/110205_grant.html

  • Environmental Program Director and Fellow-In-Residence Join the CPPDR

    The Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution has hired Suzanne Schwartz, '77, as environmental program director and selected Ralph Hasson to participate in the Fellow-in-Residence Program. The Center recently established its Fellows-In-Residence Program to allow leading professionals to pursue projects of special interest related to the fields of conflict management or dispute resolution.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/112805_cppdr.html

In the news:

  • 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/.

  • Professor George Dix on changing the definition of insanity in The Austin American-Statesman (Nov.): http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/111805_dix.html

  • Adam Liptak, a national legal reporter for The New York Times, spoke on Nov. 16 at UT Law. His talk, entitled "Broken Shield: Reporters' Confidential Sources and the Law," was open to the UT community including law students, faculty, and staff.

    Archived webcast: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/111105_liptak.html

  • 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.

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

Alumni Honors

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

  • UT Law's Justice Center Honors Three Alumni for Public Service

    The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at UT Law honored three alumni: Judge Barefoot Sanders, '50, Frederick M. Baron, '71, and Elizabeth "Betsy" Julian, '73, for their commitment to public service and equal justice for all. Judge Sanders received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Julian and Baron each received an Outstanding Service Award.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/110205_justice.html

  • UT Law Dedicates Teaching Courtroom to James Sales, '60

    The teaching courtroom is in the new Connally Center for the Administration of Justice, Room 3.334. The state-of-the-art room includes, among other features, wireless network access. On its walls are several of Mr. Sales honors that demonstrate his commitment to the legal profession, his school, and his family. This spring, Sales received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law School Alumni Association.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/110305_sales.html

  • David J. Beck, '65, Named President-Elect of the American College of Trial Lawyers

    The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) named UT Law School Foundation President David Beck, '65, its President-Elect this October. He will become President at the College's annual meeting in London in September 2006 and serve for a one-year term.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/102605_beck.html

  • Duke Ligon, '69, Receives Eugene Kuntz Award for Work in Oil & Gas

    Duke R. Ligon, '69, is the 2006 recipient of the prestigious Eugene Kuntz Award for outstanding contributions to the oil and gas industry. Ligon is general counsel and senior vice president for Devon Energy Corp., one of the largest independent oil companies in the country and headquartered in Oklahoma City. He has also served as a trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation since 2002.

    Full story: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/112905_ligon.html

  • Class Notes (Submitted September 2005-November 2005):

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