UTLaw News Masthead 2008

October 2008

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WEBCAST—Models and Mayhem: The Current Financial Crisis

On Monday, September 29, 2008, The University of Texas School of Law hosted a discussion about the current financial crisis and what the various proposed solutions may mean for the future of our economy and our country. “Models and Mayhem: The Current Financial Crisis,” a discussion with Professors Henry Hu, Tom McGarity, Dan Rodriguez, and Jay Westbrook, was recorded and can be viewed at
http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2008/100108_models_and_mayhem.html

Professor Hu, an expert on modern finance and the law, discussed the landscape of the crisis, analyzed derivatives and other themes involved, and suggested measures to begin the process of recovery. Commentary on Professor Hu’s presentation was provided by Professor McGarity, who spoke on administrative agency issues; Professor Rodriguez, who discussed separation of powers implications; and Professor Westbrook, who analyzed bankruptcy aspects of the crisis.

New Alumni and Friends Website Launches

The Law School is proud to unveil a major redesign of its “Alumni and Friends” web pages. This redesign will bring you more information about the things you care about in a livelier and more dynamic way. Please visit the new “Alumni and Friends” web pages at:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/alumni/

Children’s Rights Clinic Featured

Who Speaks for the Child? University of Texas features the Law School’s Children’s Rights Clinic
http://www.utexas.edu/features/2008/09/29/children/

Events at the Law School

A Tribute to Roy Mersky

Our long-time friend and colleague, Professor Roy M. Mersky, passed away earlier this year. To honor his memory, the Law School will host a tribute on Sunday, October 5, 2008.
http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2008/091608_tribute_to_roy_mersky.html

For further information about the event, please contact Maria Allen at aallen@law.utexas.edu

Human Rights Happy Hours

On Monday, October 6, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will sponsor a Human Rights Happy Hour in the Sheffield Room. The speaker will be Dan Connell, a Distinguished Lecturer in Journalism and African Politics at Simmons College in Boston. He will give a talk entitled “From Resistance to Governance: How the EPLF/PFDJ Experience Shapes Eritrea’s Regional Strategy.” For more information, visit the Rapoport Center’s website at:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/humanrights/events/speakerseries.html

On Monday, October 20, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will sponsor a Human Rights Happy Hour in the Sheffield Room. The speaker will be Roberto Gargarella, a professor of Constitutional Theory and Political Philosophy at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. He will give a talk entitled “The Philosophy of Punishment, Human Rights, and International Criminal Law.” For more information, visit the Rapoport Center’s website at:
http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/humanrights/events/speakerseries.html

Tailgate Party: Longhorns vs. Cowboys

On Saturday, October 25, alumni Eduardo Rodriguez, ’68, will host the annual Law Alumni Tailgate Party. The event begins two hours before kick-off for the University of Texas/Oklahoma State game. This event is sponsored by the Texas Law Alumni Association. For more information, please contact Marie Bean at mbean@law.utexas.edu

News about Non-Practicing Alumni

Two of the four non-practicing alumni who comprised the panel “My Life Outside the Law” at Homecoming last year are featured in the current issue of UT Law.

John Massey, ’66, and his wife Elizabeth have endowed an unprecedented award for the best published academic research on law, innovation and capital markets.
http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/alumni/seize_the_day/massey_fund.php

Regina Rogoff, ’73, is profiled in the Alumni Focus section for using her law degree to manage a non-profit health clinic after a long career heading up Legal Aid of Central Texas.
http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/alumni/focus/rogoff_regina.php

Mike Myers, ’63, who has used his legal education on the path to becoming a successful developer and banker, is also featured.
http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/alumni/focus/myers_mike.php

Save the Date

UT Law Reunion 2009 is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2009. This year, we honor those graduates of classes ending in “4” or “9” from 1959 through 2004. Whether you are in an honored class or not, 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.  We hope to see you there!

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