UTLaw News

February 2011

Photo of this year's Chancellors

UT Law is proud to introduce this year’s Chancellors, who were inducted into the century-old honor society on January 26, 2011.

Law School News

Tarlton Law Library publishes Professor Ernest Smith Oral History. Professor Smith talks about the Keeton years, his deanship, and the transformations in the Law School during his lifetime of service. Order your copy today!

On January 9–14, 2011, thirty-three students and four faculty members from the University of Texas School of Law spent the last week of their winter break in the Texas Rio Grande Valley helping to provide pro bono legal assistance in underserved communities. Read about their trip in UT Law Online.

UT Law on the Road: West Coast, February 8 & 9

Join Dean Sager for a reception in San Francisco on February 8, or in Los Angeles on February 9. Alumni will have the chance to catch up with old friends, network, and meet prospective students. Contact Teri Raeke via email or by phone at 512-232-1221 for more information and to RSVP.

Law School Events

Seventh Annual Rare Book Lecture, February 3

The Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas School of Law will present its seventh annual rare book lecture, "Peter Stephen Du Ponceau: Legal Bibliophile," a talk by Professor William E. Butler, the John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law at the Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University. Peter Stephen Du Ponceau was an eighteenth-century immigrant, lawyer, and man of letters whose collection played an important role in the early American Republic. In his talk, Professor Butler will focus on Du Ponceau’s collection of legal materials, which formed the largest single portion of his library.

Lives in the Law: Jonathan Rapping to speak on reforming indigent defense, February 14

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law and the Career Services Office will present speaker Jonathan Rapping, founder and CEO of the Southern Public Defender Training Center. Rapping will discuss the culture of neglect that permeates the criminal justice system as it applies to poor people in this country and the importance of building a generation of public defenders to reform that culture. More information can be found on the Law School’s website.

Aftershocks: Legacies of Conflict, February 17–18

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will host its seventh annual conference, “Aftershocks: Legacies of Conflict.” This year’s conference will coincide with performances of the National Theatre of Scotland's Black Watch at the University of Texas, an award-winning play written by Scottish playwright Gregory Burke. The conference will convene an interdisciplinary group of scholars to explore some of the same intersections of violence, the colonial past, memory, and trauma that the film invokes, as well as the unique role that performance might play in the analysis. Further information can be found on the Rapoport Center’s website.

Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium, February 18

The Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal will host its twelfth annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium, “Creating a Landscape of Innovation” on Friday, February 18, 2011. Further information can be found on the Journal’s website.

Tested: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held Onto Hope book talk, February 22

Chris Scott, a man freed from prison in 2009 for a crime he didn’t commit, will speak at the Law School on February 22, 2011, along with Dorothy Budd, who recently profiled him for a new book about wrongly convicted prisoners. Further information can be found on the Law School's website.

The People’s Law School, February 26

Every year, the Student Bar Association and the Austin Bar Association host the People’s Law School at UT Law. Volunteer attorneys and legal experts teach classes in more than thirty subjects to members of the general public. It is free and open to the public. More information can be found on the Law School’s website.

Call for Volunteers: Jessup Moot Court Competition in Houston, February 11 & 12

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition seeks volunteer attorneys to judge the U.S.A.-South Rounds of the Competition on Friday, February 11, and Saturday, February 12, at the University of Houston Law Center.

This year’s Jessup Problem concerns the legality of the use of unmanned predator drones, a national ban against wearing a traditional head covering, and international anti-corruption law.

Two hours of free Texas CLE credit will be earned for each two-hour oral round judged, plus one extra hour of credit for preparation time, up to a maximum of five total credit hours. The Competition also seeks volunteers to grade the competitors’ written briefs remotely, also for CLE credit. For more information, such as the complete schedule of available volunteer times, please contact Ashley Walker at awalker@ilsa.org.

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

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