Volume 3 Issue 2
Save the date! Alumni Reunion, April 22,
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
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Named Gold
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.
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.
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
Archived Webcast of UN Secretary-General
Nominee at UT Law discussing Peace and Security
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.
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
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.
Sarah Buel honored with Civil Rights
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:
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
Law Professors Receive Grant to
Support Study of Medical Malpractice
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."
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.
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
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.
Professor George Dix on changing the definition of
insanity in The Austin American-Statesman
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.
- 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
- Professor David Sokolow for the Australian Law
- 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:
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
UT Law Dedicates Teaching Courtroom to James
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.
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.
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
Class Notes (Submitted
September 2005-November 2005):
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