UTLaw News Masthead 2008

January 2009

Top of the News

President-elect Obama appoints Ron Kirk, ’79, U.S. Trade Representative

On December 19, President-elect Barack Obama appointed Ron Kirk, ’79, as U.S. Trade Representative for his new administration. U.S. trade representative is an ambassador-level post with a staff of more than 200 and offices in Washington, Geneva, and Brussels. If confirmed by the Senate, Kirk will be the first African American to serve as U.S. trade representative. Kirk is a long-time friend of the Law School and has served on the Law School Foundation Board of Trustees since 2006. Further information can be found at http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2008/121908_ron_kirk.html

Events at the Law School

January 22-23, 2009
“The Rise of Appellate Litigators and State Solicitors General”

Sponsored by The Review of Litigation
The Review of Litigation’s 2009 symposium is scheduled to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the creation of the Office of Texas Solicitor General and will explore the creation of state solicitor general and state appellate chief positions. A complete schedule of events, list of invited speakers, and registration information are available at http://www.trolsymposium.org

January 22-23, 2009
“2009 Oil Gas & Energy Law Symposium”

sponsored by the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law
The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law’s 2009 symposium will present a wide variety of the latest and most interesting topics in energy law, including urban drilling, new developments in energy transactions, and regulatory updates. Attendees can earn up to twelve hours of clinical legal education credit, including one hour of ethics credit. Registration information and a list of speakers can be found at http://www.tjogel.org/symposium_2009/symposium_2009_details.htm

January 23-24, 2009
Diversity Weekend

Dean Larry Sager; Senator Rodney Ellis,’79; and the students of the Asian Law Students Association, Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association, Middle Eastern Law Students Association, South Asian Law Students Association, and the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society will host the fourth biennial “Excellence in Diversity Weekend Celebration.” Please log on to http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/alumni/diversity/ to register.  You may obtain additional information by calling the Law Alumni Association at (512) 232-9112 or by e-mailing Jacqueline Liberus at jliberus@law.utexas.edu.

January 29-31, 2009
“What, If Anything, Do We Know About Constitutional Design?”

Co-sponsored by the School of Law, the Texas Law Review, and the LBJ Library
This symposium on constitutional design will take place in the Eidman Courtroom. For information, call the Texas Law Review at (512) 232-1280 or e-mail texaslrev@gmail.com.

Save the Date

Law School Reunion: April 18, 2009

This year we honor 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. UT Law’s very own Paul Begala, ’90, will serve as the keynote speaker on Saturday morning. We hope to see you there. Further information can be found at: http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/alumni/reunion/

Be a Mentor

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