UTLaw News Masthead 2009

March 2009

Top of the News

UT Law’s highest honor society installs 2009 Chancellors
Seventeen students were inducted into Chancellors, UT Law’s most prestigious honor society, on February 19. Professor David Anderson, ’72, academic advisor to the Chancellors for more than a quarter century, presided at the ceremony and former Vice Chancellor, Kamela Bridges, ’91, was this year’s speaker. The full list of Chancellors is available at http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2009/022309_2009_chancellors.html

Three alumni recognized for commitment to the legal profession by Austin Bar Foundation
Robert J. Hearon, Jr., ’54, of Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, and Pike Powers, ’65, of Fulbright & Jaworski were both recipients of the Austin Bar Association’s Distinguished Lawyer Award. This award is presented to a lawyer who has practiced for 30 years or more and has significantly contributed to the profession and the community. John Blazier, ’69, of Blazier, Christensen, Bigelow & Virr, received the David H. Walter Community Excellence Award for making a significant impact in the community that has raised the profile of the legal profession. The awards were given at the Austin Bar Foundation’s seventh annual gala January 29 in Austin.

Events at the Law School

Professor Philip Bobbitt of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law will discuss his latest book, Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century, on Monday, March 2, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. in the Law School’s Eidman Courtroom. For more information, log on to http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2009/022709_bobbitt.html

On March 5, OUTLaw presents its third annual conference, “Legal Advocacy on LGBT Issues in the 81st Texas Legislative Session.” Panel topics include “Overview of LGBT Advocacy in the Upcoming Legislative Session”; “Domestic Partner Benefits in the University of Texas System”; and “Forging a Diverse Alliance: Creating New Advocacy Allies in the Wake of Proposition 8.” The conference takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Eidman Courtroom at the Law School. Clinical Legal Education credit is available. For more information and free registration, log on to http://www.utexas.edu/law/orgs/outlaw/conference.

UT Law’s musical theater group, Assault & Flattery, will present “Schiess All That” from March 5-8, 2009. The story of Zach Siler and his attempts to turn outcast Laney Boggs into a law school queen fit for a Supreme Court clerkship, “Schiess All That” will also include a performance by Medley, the UT Law a cappella group, during intermission. More information can be found on the Assault and Flattery website, http://www.assaultandflattery.com/.

On March 7, the Law School will participate in Explore UT, an annual event bringing kindergarten through twelfth-grade students to the University of Texas campus to learn about the many educational and other opportunities offered by the university. Law School events include “Looking at the Law: Exploring the Tarlton Law Library and the Hyder Collection”; “So You Want to Go to Law School”; “Student Rights: What the Supreme Court Says About Your Rights in School”; “Animals in Need”; “E-Waste Recycling: Saving Children in China through Recycling in Texas”; “Gold E. Locks Mock Trial”; “Animal Law 101”; and a free ice cream break. For a complete schedule of events, log on to http://www.utexas.edu/events/exploreut/

This month at the Rapoport Center

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

March 26-March 28: Rapoport Center Fifth Annual Conference: “Human Rights at UT: A Dialogue at the Intersection of Academics and Advocacy.” This conference will engage human rights faculty, staff, and students in a dialogue about the diversity of international and transnational human rights issues in which UT campuses are involved as well as consider the state of human rights theory and practice and their possible trajectories over the coming years. The Center invited proposals from faculty and students at all University of Texas campuses to participate. To see the call for proposals: http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/humanrights/events/posters.pdf

For more information: http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/centers/humanrights/events/conferences.html

UT Law on the Road

March 11
Washington Alumni Reception
Rosa Mexicana, 575 7th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

March 12
New York Alumni Reception
NASDAQ Market Site, 1 Liberty Plaza, New York.

March 31
San Francisco Alumni Reception
Hotel Monaco, Peacock Terrace, 501 Geary Avenue, San Francisco

April 1
Los Angeles Alumni Reception
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Venice Room, 1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica

All alumni receptions take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Each city’s alumni group will hold a special reception for admitted students in the area from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Teri Raeke at traeke@law.utexas.edu or (512) 232-1221.

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:

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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