UTLaw News

January 2010


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The spring 2010 semester is about to begin, and the Law School is planning a variety of events over the coming months, including the Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Symposium on January 21-22; the Texas Law Review Symposium, “Law at the Intersection of National Security, Privacy, and Technological Change,” on February 4-6; the Review of Litigation Symposium, “White Collar Crime and the Changing Corporate Environment,” presented by Vinson & Elkins LLP, on February 5; the Texas International Law Journal’s joint symposium with the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, “Walls: What They Make and What They Break,” on February 25-26; and the Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium, “The expiring collective bargaining agreements in the NFL and NBA,” on March 25. More information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.


Law School students and professors to travel to Houston and the Rio Grande Valley to offer free legal assistance to low-income people

In January, University of Texas School of Law students will travel to the Rio Grande Valley and Houston to participate in volunteer legal projects as part of service trips organized by Pro Bono in January, a new student organization at the Law School, and the Law School’s newly launched Law Pro Bono Program. The purpose of the trips is for Law School students to engage in meaningful pro bono work during the winter break. Students going to Houston will focus on assisting Hurricane Ike victims clear title on their land, while students in the Rio Grande Valley will assist low-income residents with wills and estate planning and immigrant detainees with asylum and other immigration matters. Look for full coverage of the students’ work on our website and in the next issue of UT Law.


January Law School Events

2010 Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Symposium

The 2010 Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Symposium will be held Thursday and Friday, January 21-22 at the Thompson Conference Center at the University of Texas campus (across from the Law School).The Symposium is the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law’s Fifth Annual CLE Symposium, and is sponsored by Platinum Sponsors Baker Botts, Bracewell & Giuliani, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, and Vinson & Elkins; Gold Sponsors Beirne Maynard & Parsons, Porter & Hedges, and Scott, Douglass & McConnico; and Bronze Sponsors Mr. Duke Ligon, Jackson Walker, and Wagner & Brown. Speakers are leading academics and practitioners in oil, gas, and energy law. This year’s symposium promises to be an excellent forum for dynamic and informative discussion about a wide range of current and future energy-related legal issues.


Alumni News

Law Alumni Association announces 2010 distinguished alumni award recipients

The University of Texas Law Alumni Association announced the recipients of its 2010 distinguished alumni awards:

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Gary R. Gurwitz, ’59, Honorary Order of the Coif


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Mark L. Hart Jr., ’68, Lifetime Achievement Award


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Mike A. Myers, ’63, Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service


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The Honorable Diane P. Wood, ’75, Outstanding Alumnus Award


Faculty news

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American Law Institute appoints Professor Alan Rau an adviser for the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration


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National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges honors Jay Westbrook with Excellence in Education Award


Save the Date: Reunion 2010

The UT Law Alumni Association invites you to “come home” for Reunion 2010 on Friday and Saturday, April 23-24. We will honor those classes ending in “0” or “5” plus the combined group of all pre-1960 classes. Even if you’re not in an honored class this year, we hope you will join us for what promises to be an exciting and memorable Reunion Weekend!


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