UTLaw News

May 2010


2010 University Co-op Awards and Fellowships

Every year, the University Co-op funds a number of awards and fellowships to law students to support public interest work. Six students have been selected to become 2010 University Co-op Public Interest Summer Fellows. These Fellowships are awarded to students between their second and third years to support their summer public-interest work. The University Co-op also funds Public Interest Awards, which honor graduating law students for work in nonprofit, government, or legislative sectors and for pro bono work and community service. This year, five students received Public Interest Awards. The programs are administered by the Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law.


Judge William Wayne Justice’s papers donated to the Tarlton Law Library

At an event honoring Judge William Wayne Justice’s legacy, Justice’s family announced that they will donate his papers to the Tarlton Law Library. The collection includes material from Justice’s entire career, and will be available to researchers upon its arrival at the Library. More information about the gift can be found on the Law School’s website.


New joint degree program: JD/MSIS

In the fall 2010 semester the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information and School of Law will admit the first cohort of students for a new three-year MSIS/JD dual degree program. The dual degree program responds to an increased need for specialists trained in both of these fields and thus positioned to help address legal issues arising from the increasingly complex and changing world of information use, retrieval, and storage in the twenty-first century. More information on admissions and a sample program of work can be found on the School of Information’s Dual Degree Programs webpage.

Events this month in Austin and across the country


International Insolvency Symposium: The Priority Dilemma, May 11

Professor Jay Westbrook will host an international insolvency symposium at the Law School with a number of leading judges and scholars in the field.  Its focus will be the judgment of Lord Leonard H. Hoffmann of Chadwick in the famous “HIH” case. Chadwick, who will speak, recently retired as a Law Lord (member of the highest British court) after a career that included being an Oxford don and a Queen’s Counsel.  The complete schedule, including information, directions, times, and speakers, is available on the conference website.


Austin Alumni Reception, May 13

Law alumni are invited to join Dean Sager at the Long Center on May 13. For more information about this event, please contact Marie Bean.


Energy Center, UTCLE cosponsor “Arbitration and National Courts: Conflict and Cooperation” symposium to be held in Houston, May 13–14

An international group of scholars, jurists, and practitioners will gather in Houston for the fourth annual International Arbitration Symposium, “Arbitration and National Courts: Conflict and Cooperation,” on May 13–14, 2010. More information about this event can be found on the Law School’s website, or on the UTCLE website.


2010 Sunflower Ceremony, May 22

Paul Begala, ’90, a CNN political analyst and former top aide to President William Clinton, will deliver the keynote address at the University of Texas School of Law’s Sunflower Ceremony at the Erwin Center on May 22, 2010. Further information about this event can be found on the Law School’s website.


Southern California Regional Alumni Chapter Kick-off Party, May 23

Please join Bruce Broillet, ’74, at the launch of our Southern California Regional Alumni Chapter—the first of many social and professional networking UT Law events in sunny SoCal—on Sunday, May 23, 2010. RSVP for more info to Tom Henninger at thenninger@law.utexas.edu or 512-232-0729.

Regional chapters will be launched in a dozen cities across the country over the next year. If you’re interested in helping to organize a chapter in your part of the world, please contact Tom Henninger at thenninger@law.utexas.edu or 512-232-0729.


Save the Date—Event honoring State Bar President-Elect Terry Tottenham, June 10 in Fort Worth

UT Law will host a reception for Terry Tottenham, ’70, to celebrate his election to the presidency of the State Bar of Texas. The event will be held on Thursday, June 10, at the Fort Worth Omni Hotel, in the Texas Longhorn Boardroom from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP by June 3 to Teri Raeke at 512.232.1221 or alumnievents@law.utexas.edu.

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