UTLaw News

November 2010

Photo of Professors and students of the Capital Punishment Clinic stand in front of the Supreme Court.

Capital Punishment Clinic argues Skinner v. Switzer at the United States Supreme Court

Recent Books

Karen Engle, Cecil D. Redford Professor in Law and director of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, discusses her new book on indigenous rights and international law, The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development: Rights, Culture, Strategy.

New Energy Law Blog

The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law is pleased to announce the launch of their new Texas Energy Law Blog, which features posts and commentary on a wide range of current oil, gas, and energy law and policy topics. Check it out and join the conversation at: www.tjogel.org/blog/

News and Views

Ronen Avraham, Thomas Shelton Maxey Professor in Law, discusses the good and the bad of the new health-care act.

Professor Steve Bickerstaff discusses the effect of corporate cash on the 2010 elections.

Professor Justin Driver examines the career of Justice John Paul Stevens at a Georgetown University Law Center Symposium on CSPAN (VIDEO)

Alumni Association Events

Dallas Young Alumni Event, November 6

The Alumni Association will host the Dallas Young Alumni kickoff at the Londoner Uptown, on Saturday, November 6, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. Get together with other recent graduates and fellow Longhorns to watch the Texas-Kansas State football game. For more information, please contact Angela Krause.

Boston Alumni Lunch, November 9

The Alumni Association will host a lunch for Boston-area UT Law graduates at Ropes and Gray LLP. Professor Sandy Levinson will present a talk entitled, "How Important are Elections Anyway, Given the United States Constitution?" on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at noon. For more information, please contact Angela Krause.

Events at the School of Law

Gay marriage litigation discussion with Dan Rodriguez on November 3

Dan Rodriguez, the Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law, will discuss gay marriage litigation of the last decade, touching on both the constitutional issues it raises and the strategic choices the gay rights movement has made in its litigation efforts. He will conclude with a preview of potential outcomes of the pending Proposition 8 case from California. The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, November 3, 2010, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Eidman Courtroom.

Lives in the Law: Pamela Brown to speak on November 8

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law and Career Services Office will present speaker Pamela M. Brown, director of the Bi-National Family Violence Project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. Brown will discuss the impact of international borders on families and family law, as well as her innovative work representing survivors of family violence in international child abduction cases. The talk is scheduled for Monday, November 8, 2010, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Sheffield Room. Further information can be found on the Law School’s website.

Human Rights Happy Hour: Samera Esmeir, November 8

Samera Esmeir of the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss "Temporalities of Struggle: National Liberation Movements and International Strategies of Rule." Derek Jinks, the Marrs McLean Professor in Law at UT Law, will serve as respondent. The talk is scheduled for Monday, November 8, 2010, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in a location to be determined. For more information, please contact Sarah Cline. More information about this and other Rapoport Center events can be found on the Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series webpage.

Tarlton Talks: Robert Chesney to speak on November 16

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, Robert Chesney, the Charles I. Francis Professor in Law, will discuss his research into the legal aspects of U.S. National Security policy and practices. If you are interested in how legal scholarship engages such issues, join us at 3:30 p.m. in the Sheffield Room. More information about this event can be found on the Tarlton Library News blog on the Tarlton Law Library website.

Law and Philosophy Fall Workshop Series presents Thomas Pogge, November 18

Thomas Pogge, Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University, will speak on "The Health Impact Fund: How to Make New Medicines Accessible to All." The discussion is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 2010, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in a location to be determined. For more information, please contact Sarah Cline. More information about this and other Rapoport Center events can also be found on the Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series webpage.

Human Rights Happy Hour: Paola Bergallo, November 22

Paola Bergallo of the Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires, will discuss "Cycles of Right to Health Litigation: The Elusive Argentine Experience." This talk is cosponsored by LLILAS and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and is scheduled on Monday, November 22, 2010, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in a location to be determined. For more information, please contact Sarah Cline. More information about this and other Rapoport Center events can be found on the Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series webpage.

The Massey Prize: Accepting Nominations

The School of Law is accepting nominations for the Massey Prize in Law, Innovation, and Capital Markets. A $50,000 prize will be awarded 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 honored at a major academic conference at the School of Law in the fall of 2011.

Graphic for The UT Law Alumni Association Reunion 2011, Fridday April 15-Saturday April 16 in Austin, TX

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