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Pictured on the cover are two volumes from Rare Books and Special Collections, the Tarlton Law Library. Above is volume 7 of The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897, compiled and arranged by H. P. N. Gammel. One of the most important collections of Texas law, it includes not only early state laws but also those of the Republic of Texas, the Republic of Mexico, and the Mexican state of Coahuila y Texas. Gammel, a bookseller and the first rare book dealer in Texas, compiled the Laws of Texas from legislative records he salvaged after the state Capitol burned in the 1880s.

The smaller volume is the Constitution of the State of Texas, Adopted by the Constitutional Convention, Begun and Held at the City of Austin, on the Sixth Day of September, 1875. This pamphlet, published at Galveston in 1875, contains the first official printing of the twenty-six-page state Constitution, along with ten pages of implementing ordinances. The state still operates according to this Constitution, and the thousands of amendments enacted since the Constitution was adopted.

The sunflower pin is one of those given to each graduate by the UT Law Alumni Association. When the University's 1901 Commencement ceremony was planned, law seniors were not consulted on the choice of cap and gown. In protest, they chose as their academic regalia the sunflower, which turns to face the sun as lawyers turn toward the light of justice. Since that time, law graduates have been pinned with real sunflowers at the school's annual Sunflower Ceremony.