UTLaw News

September 2010

Welcome to the Class of 2013!

Photo of The Honorable Wilford Flowers, '76, administers the University of Texas School of Law Professionalism Oath to incoming first-year students on August 23, 2010.

The Honorable Wilford Flowers, '76, administers the University of Texas School of Law Professionalism Oath to incoming first-year students on August 23, 2010.

The Massey Prize

The School of Law is proud to announce the Massey Prize in Law, Innovation, and Capital Markets. Fifty-thousand dollars will be awarded biennially to the scholarly book, article, or body of work that has made a significant contribution to the understanding of law, innovation, and capital markets. The winner of the inaugural Prize will be announced at a major academic conference at the Law School in the fall of 2011.

Events in Austin and around the country

Julius Getman to discuss and sign his new book, Thursday, September 9, 2010

University of Texas School of Law Professor Julius G. Getman will discuss and sign his new book, Restoring the Power of Unions: It Takes a Movement, at BookPeople (603 North Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas) on Thursday, September 9, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. In his book, Getman, a preeminent labor scholar, examines recent developments to demonstrate that a resurgent labor movement is possible. He proposes new models for organizing and innovative techniques to strengthen strikes. Above all, he insists that unions must return to their historical roots as a social movement.

Alumni get-togethers:

Tuesday, September 14
Chicago Alumni Reception at Lathrop & Gage LLP, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 18
Austin Young Alumni Kickoff Party at Cover 3, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 25
Tailgate Party at UT Law School, UT vs. UCLA,
Time to be announced; two hours before kick off.

Please contact Teri Raeke at 512-232-1221 or alumnievents@law.utexas.edu for more information or to RSVP for these events.

Shakespeare and the Law, September 22, 2010

Actors from the London Stage (AFTLS) is an educational and theatrical program that brings a troupe of five classically trained actors from major English theaters to college campuses for week-long residencies. During their week at the University of Texas the actors teach classes and workshops and perform minimalist productions of a full-length Shakespeare play, which this year is A Midsummer Night's Dream.

"‘According to our Law': Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream," will be presented on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. in the School of Law's Eidman Courtroom (CCJ 2.306) as part of the Law School's series, "The Law and Other Performing Arts". Speakers include Zipporah Wiseman, Law School professor; Alan Friedman, coordinator, AFTLS and Spirit of Shakespeare; James Loehlin, director, Shakespeare at Winedale; Rob Mattney, actor; and the Spirit of Shakespeare Players performing scenes from the play. The event is free and open to the public. Further information can be found at the Department of English's Shakespeare Studies website.

Human Rights Happy Hour, Friday, September 27, 2010

The Rapoport Center will host Daniel M. Brinks and Varun Gauri at the first Human Rights Happy Hour of the new school year. The event is scheduled for Friday September 27, 2010, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and will be held in the Faculty Lounge (TNH 3.214) at the School of Law. Brinks and Gauri will speak on "Assessing the Distributive Impact of Social and Economic Rights Litigation: More Litigation = More Inequality?" Further information about this and other Rapoport Center events can be found on the Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series webpage.

Faculty News

The Summer 2010 issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics includes the papers delivered at the "Law, Science, and Innovation: The Embryonic Stem Cell Controversy" conference, held at the Law School in May 2009. Professor John A. Robertson, holder of the Vinson & Elkins Chair, served as guest editor for the issue, which offers an overview of where embryonic stem cell research has been and is likely to go over the next few years as it moves out of the laboratory and into clinical testing. More information can be found on the UT Law magazine site.

Professor William Sage, MD, JD, a health law and policy expert at the University of Texas School of Law, and two other researchers have been awarded a $1.8 million grant under a new federal program intended to improve both patient safety and the medical malpractice system. Starting this September, the grant will be used to fund a three-year demonstration project that Sage will work on with principal investigator Dr. Eric Thomas of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and Dr. Thomas Gallagher of the University of Washington in Seattle to evaluate how doctors disclose medical errors to patients and how that impacts patient safety and medical malpractice litigation in Texas. More information can be found on the UT Law magazine site.

Class Composites now available from the Tarlton Law Library

UT Law Class Composites 1884–1959 now available through the Tarlton Law Library's Digital Collections. For more information, please visit the Class Composites page on the Tarlton Law Library's website.

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