UTLaw News

April 2011

Lawrence Sager, dean of the UT Law School, and Jorge Cerdio, dean of the Department of Law at ITAM

The Law School and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City have announced a new dual-degree program that will allow students to earn both a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a Licenciatura en Derecho (Mexican professional degree in law) from ITAM. Lawrence Sager, dean of the UT Law School, and Jorge Cerdio, dean of the Department of Law at ITAM, signed the agreement at a ceremony in UT Law’s Susman Academic Center on March 5, 2011. Full story in UT Law online.

Law School News

Law School team wins national championship at Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition

The University of Texas School of Law interscholastic team won the national championship in the 2011 Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition. Team members Anthony Arguijo, ‘11; Sergio Davila, ‘11; and Omar Ochoa, ‘11, beat Arizona State University in the final round of the competition to win the championship. The team also won the award for best respondent’s brief. Ochoa and Arguijo are also editor in chief and managing editor, respectively, of the Texas Law Review. Full story in UT Law online.

Professor Linda Mullenix previews Wal-Mart v. Dukes in ABA Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases

Linda Mullenix, Morris & Rita Atlas Chair in Advocacy at the Law School, has written in ABA Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases about Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes. Oral arguments for the case, which is the largest employment class action suit in U.S. history, were heard Tuesday, March 29, 2011, before the United States Supreme Court. Full story in UT Law online.

Professor Ronen Avraham writes New York Times opinion piece on a "Market Solution for Malpractice"

Professor Ronen Avraham wrote an opinion piece, "A Market Solution for Malpractice," in the March 28, 2011, edition of the New York Times. Full text available on the New York Times website.

Law School Events

UT Law’s Students for the Arts cosponsors free legal clinic for local artists, March 31, 2011

Law Students for the Arts (LSfTA), a student group at the Law School, with support from Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA), will offer a free legal clinic for low-income artists on Thursday, March 31, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the offices of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP at 600 Congress Avenue, Suite 2400.

Future of Equality Conference, April 1–2, 2011

On April 1st and 2nd, the Law School and the American Constitution Society will be hosting a conference, "The Future of Equality," in the Jeffers Courtroom (TNH 3.140). This conference is part of the Constitution in 2020 project, a series of publications, conferences, lectures, and academic events exploring how Americans should interpret their Constitution in the future. For a schedule and list of participants, log on to the "Future of Equality" website.

Symposium on "Emerging Energy Issues in Latin America: Perspectives of Expert Lawyers from the Region," April 1, 2011

Expert lawyers from South America will discuss issues of particular relevance to energy practitioners in Latin America and give their perspectives on the challenges and rewards of practicing energy law in their respective countries. Please RSVP to David Leonard, managing director of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law at dmleonard.jr@gmail.com by Thursday, March 31.

Panel Discussion on "Oil and Gas in Offshore Brazil: Environmental and Economic Possibilities of Recent Discoveries," April 8, 2011

The featured speaker at this panel discussion, which will take place April 8, 2011, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m in the Jeffers Courtroom (TNH 3.140), will be Marilda Rosado, a professor at Rio de Janeiro State University School of Law. She is also a partner at Doria Jacobina Rosado e Gondinho law firm and formerly worked for the National Petroleum Agency in Brazil as the Bidding Superintendent and later was head of the Legal Affairs Department of a subsidiary of Petrobras. Pizza will be served after the event. Please RSVP to Gena Dawson, gdawson@law.utexas.edu.

UT Law Reunion 2011, April 15–16, 2011

UT Law Reunion 2011 is on Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, and will honor those classes ending in “1” or “6” from 1961 through 2006. 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! For a full agenda, registration, directions, and more, log on to theReunion 2011 website.

Hill Courtroom Rededication, April 27, 2011

A rededication reception will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in the Jamail Pavilion (CCJ 2.300) in honor of the newly refurbished John L. Hill Teaching Courtroom and the gift that made it possible. Through the generosity of Elizabeth “Bitsy” Hill and the John L. Hill Jr. family, the Hill Courtroom (CCJ 3.302) has been newly furnished and equipped with the latest courtroom technology, making it a state-of-the-art environment in which to teach the skills of trial advocacy.

Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series

Judith Kimerling, CUNY School of Law, “Oil, Litigation and Conservation in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador: Can Cowode Law Protect the Rights of Indigenous Huaorani in the Oil Patch and Yasuni Biosphere Reserve?,” April 5, 2011, 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m., Eidman Jury Room (CCJ 2.310). Lecture cosponsored by the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law.

Julie Mertus, American University School of International Service, “Leap Frog Feminism: Learning about Human Rights Institution Building from Local Actors,” April 18, 2011, 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m., Eidman Jury Room (CCJ 2.310): Lecture cosponsored by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.

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

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