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Becky Walker ’19 Receives First Mike A. Myers Fellowship in Public Interest Law

Becky Walker ’19 has been named the inaugural recipient of the Mike A. Myers Fellowship in Public Interest Law. The one-year fellowship, announced earlier this month by Associate Dean Eden Harrington, who also serves as the Director of Texas Law’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, will allow Walker to provide legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Dr. Melynda Price ’02 Named Gaines Center Director

Congratulations are due to Dr. Melynda Price ’02 on her historic appointment to the directorship of the John R. Gaines Center for the Humanities at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Price becomes the first woman and the first African American to lead the center.

Gary Bledsoe ’76 Awarded Virgil C. Lott Medal

Gary Bledsoe ’76 has been named the winner of the 2019 Virgil C. Lott Medal, an honor presented every two years by the School of Law to recognize those uphold the values of Virgil Lott ’53, the school’s first African-American graduate. Bledsoe, the longtime president of the NAACP’s Texas chapter, and currently the Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, was presented with the medal during a gala dinner on February 7.

Blount ’81 Appointed to Cavco Industries Board of Directors

Susan L. Blount ’81 has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Cavco Industries, a leading designer and manufacturer of systems-built structures. Blount will serve as one of the board’s five directors, all of whom are independent, and she will be a member of Cavco’s Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, as well as the Compensation Committee.

IN MEMORIAM: Wales H. Madden, Jr. ’52

Wales H Madden '52, a Senior Life Trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation as well as a former President of the Texas Exes and a former U.T. System Regent, passed away on Christmas Eve. He was 91 years old.

Deitch Admitted to Supreme Court Bar

On November 6, Professor Michele Deitch was sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. Although this great occasion took place in Washington D.C., the spirit of Texas Law was ever-present.

Mike A. Myers to Receive Santa Rita Award

Double Longhorn and School of Law alumnus Mike A. Myers ’63 has been announced as the newest recipient of the Santa Rita Award. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed by the University of Texas System. Myers will receive the award at a dinner in his honor in Dallas on December 12.

Advocacy Program Competes from Coast to Coast

Texas Law's nationally recognized Advocacy Program sent teams to a total of seven interscholastic mock trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution competitions this fall season. Read on to learn more about the competitions our students attended, team members and coaches, and individual awards won.

Law School Celebrates 2018 Alumni Award Winners

Alumni, whether they are legends of the bar with 50-plus years of practice behind them, or recent graduates just a few months removed from passing the bar, are the heart and soul of any law school. This past October 12, the heart and soul of Texas Law gathered for the Alumni Association's 2018 awards dinner - an event designed to celebrate six exceptional members of the extended law school family.

IN MEMORIAM: Julius Whittier, Broke Race Barrier for Texas Football

Julius Whittier, whose life was long enmeshed with the University of Texas at Austin — integrating the football team in 1969 as a freshman undergraduate; earning a B.A. in Philosophy and a Masters in Public Policy with the inaugural class of the LBJ School; later returning to Austin to attend the School of Law — died last week at the age of 68.

Texas Law Alumni Selected for Disaster Recovery Fellowships

Rachel Zummo, Hannah Dyal, and Chase Porter were selected for the Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps, a two-year Fellowship program that places 18 lawyers in Texas and 3 lawyers in Florida, where they work with established nonprofit legal services organizations to serve the highest-need communities in disaster-affected areas.

Bryan Jones ’05 a Texas Exes Outstanding Young Alumnus

Since 1980, the Texas Exes have honored alumni age 39 and younger whose character, professional achievements, and service to the University of Texas are truly exceptional. They have just announced the winners of the 2018 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Awards, and the list includes a Texas Law alumnus, Bryan Jones ’05.

Dickerson: The Cost of Emergency Evacuation

It was just over a year ago that Texans were weighing their options about staying in their homes or evacuating. The common narrative always casts that decision in terms of choice. But what if people have no choice?

Elizabeth Copeland ’92 Confirmed to U.S. Tax Court

Double Longhorn— B.B.A. '86 and J.D. ’92— Elizabeth Copeland has been confirmed by the United States Senate to the U.S. Tax Court. Senators approved her appointment on the evening of August 28 in a voice vote.

Two Students Pursue Texas Law-ITAM Joint Degree

Last week the summer-quiet halls of Texas Law clamored back to life, echoing with student traffic, chatter, and momentum. Among the seniors, midlaws, and freshlaws are two new students who join us from Mexico for a unique opportunity. Paulina Nenclares and Luis Roberto Leos Yeverino will spend the next two years at Texas Law, after four years of study at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

Environmental Justice and the Anniversary of Hurricane Harvey

Texans have just marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey making landfall on the state. While much of what was destroyed has since been rebuilt, many people are still coping with the aftermath of all that Harvey wrought. Among other consequences of the carnage that Harvey left behind has been the realization that Texas is terribly vulnerable to environmental impacts of major storms, and that the burdens of those impacts are unevenly distributed, breaking along lines of economic status and, often, race.

Incoming Public Interest Scholars, Members of the Class of 2021

The law school is thrilled to welcome incoming public interest scholars and members of the Class of 2021, Jill Applegate, David Giannaula, and Melissa Sopher. Meet the scholars in this story, reprinted with permission from the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law.

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