Texas Law News
On February 26, beloved Prof. David Anderson ’72 was honored with a celebratory resolution in the Texas House of Representatives, marking his retirement from the faculty of The University of Texas School of Law.
Bill Powers, one of the most important figures in the history of the School of Law and of the University of Texas, passed away on Sunday, March 10.
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.
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.
Sandra Phillips Rogers ’91 has recently taken on a new role at Toyota Motor North America. In addition to her titles of Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel, Group Vice President, and Corporate Secretary, the legal powerhouse is now TMNA’s Chief Diversity Officer.
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.
Mary Lou Robinson ’50, esteemed judge, women’s rights activist, and civic leader passed away on January 26, 2019. She was 92 years old.
Professor Barbara Bintliff received the AALS Section of Law Libraries and Legal Information Award earlier this month at the AALS's annual meetings in New Orleans.
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.
Texas Law is sad to report that Prof. David W. Robertson, holder of the William Powers, Jr. and Kim L. Heilbrun Chair in Tort Law, and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, passed away last week after a brief illness.
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.
Professors Wendy Wagner and Thomas McGarity have been honored with the American Bar Association Administrative Law Section’s Annual Scholarship Award for their article, “Dynamic Rulemaking.
” The section recognized the article as “the best work of administrative law scholarship published in 2017.”
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.
Professor William E. Forbath is leaving for Princeton University next year. But there’s no need to panic—it’s only for the Spring 2019 semester!
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.
Law School Foundation Trustee Linda L. Addison '76 has been appointed to the U.S. Board of Directors of KPMG, LLP, the audit, tax, and advisory firm. She will serve as one of the board's two independent directors.
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.
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.
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.
For twenty years Eduardo Rodriguez has spearheaded the Alumni Tailgate Extravaganza. Learn more about how Texas Law recognizes his contributions in this story, reprinted here, with permission from the Alcalde.
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.
Texas Law faculty members are well represented on professor Brian Leiter’s annual lists of “most-cited” law faculty.
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.
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?
For more than a decade after the 9/11 attacks, both the threat of terrorism and the ins-and-outs of U.S. counterterrorism policy dominated American national discourse. But not anymore.
Renowned Constitutional scholar, Professor Sanford V. Levinson believes that The Constitution Needs a Reboot
. The Politico op-ed below, reprinted with permission from the author, argues that not enough people connect the dots between today’s political dysfunctions and the 231 year old Constitution.
Texas Law Alumni Association President Arleas Upton Kea ’82 has been named Chief Operating Officer and Deputy to the Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
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.
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).
One of the most highly esteemed judges in Texas history, Judge Jack Onion ’50 has died at the age of 93.
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.
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.
Texas Law alumna Judge Aurora Martinez Jones '07 has been elected to Board of Directors of The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ).
This week saw the publication of Texas Law Prof. Joseph Fishkin’s latest op-ed, The Right Wing Has Launched an Attack on Representation
, in The Washington Post.
One of the greatest men from the Greatest Generation, Frank Wofford Denius '49 has died at the age of 93.
Texas Law Prof. H.W. Perry has been awarded the 2018-19 Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship
. The Friar Society
, the university’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, awards the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship annually to one outstanding undergraduate professor.
Law School graduate Joe Long '58 and his wife Dr. Teresa Lozano Long, have been honored by the University of Texas System with the Santa Rita award, the highest distinction the Regents can bestow.