UTLaw News Masthead 2009

February 2009

Top of the News

WEBCAST—Seize the Day: A Message from Dean Larry Sager:

WEBCAST—“The Post-Guantanamo Era: A Dialogue on the Law and Policy of Detention and Counterterrorism,” a panel discussion with John Bellinger, Benjamin Wittes, Steven Vladeck, and Robert Chesney:

Professor Norma Cantú interviewed on Austin’s KEYE-TV:

Robert C. Bledsoe, ’55, awarded the Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the oil and gas industry:

Alumni Online Directory

We are pleased to announce the creation of the UT Law Alumni Online Directory. It’s new. It’s easy. It’s free! Sign up with your fellow UT Law grads now. Stay connected. Stay involved. Register online at:

Faculty Book Signing

On Saturday, February 7, 2009, at 3 p.m., Professor Tom McGarity will discuss and sign his latest book, The Preemption War: When Federal Bureaucracies Trump Local Juries, at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar in Austin, Texas.

Events at the Law School

On February 6, 2009, the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal will hold its tenth annual intellectual property symposium. Entitled “Exploring the Obvious: The Evolution of Intellectual Property,” the symposium will be held in the Eidman Courtroom at the University of Texas School of Law.

On February 27, 2009, the Texas International Law Journal will hold its annual conference, “China’s Emergence: Effects on Trade, Investment, and Regulation.”

This month at the Rapoport Center

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice is sponsoring a variety of programs in February.  

“Human Rights Happy Hours” promote scholarship and dialogue about human rights. On Wednesday, February 11, Rhonda Evans Case will discuss “Representing Refugees ‘Down Under’”; and on Wednesday, February 25, Susan Benesch will discuss “Song as Crime: the Prosecution of a Pop Star, and other New Cases on Incitement to Genocide.”

On Saturday, February 21, the Rapoport Center will host a conference titled “Bringing Human Rights Home,” a discussion of critical issues impacting African-American communities within a human rights framework. Speakers include Carol Anderson, associate professor of history, University of Missouri at Columbia; Roger Wareham, criminal law and human rights attorney; and Soffiyah Elijah, criminal law attorney and director of the Harvard University School of Law Criminal Justice Clinic. The conference will be held in the Eidman Courtroom from 12:30–6:00 p.m.

For more information about these programs, please visit the Rapoport Center’s website at:

UT Law on the Road

February 26, 2009
Amarillo Alumni Lunch

For more information about this event, please contact Marie Bean at mbean@law.utexas.edu

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:

Be a Mentor

UT Law students interested in public service need you. Please consider becoming a public service law resource by volunteering your time to be a part of the UT Law Mentor Directory. For more information, please visit:

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