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11 February 12
  1. 11:45am 2024-02-12T12:45-06:00
    Judicial Internships

    Please RSVP by Sunday, February 11, on Symplicity.

    Interested in learning about judicial decision-making first-hand, or how you can parlay your coursework with a unique opportunity for experiential learning during the semester or summer? Come hear from students about their different internship experiences and how the Judicial Internship Program helped them hone their communication, analytical, and research and writing skills.

    Learn more about how to match your goals with the right internship experience - the types and styles of work and opportunities for court observation vary widely. There are opportunities available in state and federal courts that handle a variety of legal cases and issues involving child welfare, probate and guardianship, bankruptcy, trial courts, administrative hearings, and appellate practice. Also learn about the internship's course component and the focus on enhancing the internship, legal writing, confidentiality and ethics, professionalism, and judicial decision-making.

    Moderated by Vasu Behara, Clinical Professor and Director of the Judicial Internship Program.

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  2. 12:00pm 2024-02-12T13:15-06:00
    Shattering Barriers Between Commerce

    The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and the Institute for Transnational Law invite you to join us for a book talk with Dana Brakman Reiser, JD, author of For-Profit Philanthropy: Elite Power and the Threat of Limited Liability Companies, Donor-Advised Funds, and Strategic Corporate Giving.

    The book reimagines the history of philanthropy law, revealing it not to be a tool to subsidize private efforts to benefit the public, but a strategic arrangement binding ordinary Americans and elites together in a common purpose. What role do legal reforms and private solutions have in rebuilding public trust in philanthropy?

    Brakman Reiser holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School and is a globally recognized expert in the law at the intersection of business and charity. The book talk will be followed by a Q&A with the author. Lunch will be provided to registered attendees.

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  3. 12:00pm 2024-02-12T13:15-06:00
    Journal Fair

    Any students interested in participating in the write-on competition are encouraged to visit the Journal Fair to learn more about the various student-run publications at Texas Law. Each journal will have representatives tabling during the lunch hour. Come say hi!

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  4. 6:00pm 2024-02-12T20:00-06:00
    ALDF Theater Night: The Smell of Money

    Please join the ALDF for the semester's first Theater Night! This time we will be hosting The Smell of Money. This is a documentary that follows Elsie Herring and her rural North Carolina community as they take on the multibillion-dollar pork industry in a fight for their rights to clean air, pure water, and a life free from the stench of pig feces. All are welcome. Plant-based Japanese food from Nori will be provided. Please register for food here:

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February 13
  1. 8:45am 2024-02-13T09:30-06:00
    Women's Law Caucus Breakfast

    Join the Women's Law Caucus for Breakfast! We will have gluten-free and vegetarian options as well as coffee, bagels, fruit, and muffins.

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February 14
  1. 11:45am 2024-02-14T12:45-06:00
    So You Want to Be a Tax Lawyer

    Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 13, on Symplicity.

    The State Bar of Texas Section of Taxation presents a discussion about various career opportunities available to attorneys in the area of tax law. Pizza will be served.

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  2. 12:00pm 2024-02-14T12:50-06:00
    Congress' Powers Over the Supreme Court

    Prof. Vladeck will discuss the Legislative Branch’s powers over the Supreme Court under our Constitution and how the Legislative Branch can use those powers to hold the Court more accountable. What are Congress’ powers over the Supreme Court? What are the limits of those powers? How are those powers to be enforced? What if there is a disagreement between Congress and the Court: who decides and how is a decision enforced?

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February 15
  1. 11:30am 2024-02-15T12:50-06:00
    Faculty Colloquium - Sam Moyn


    As many Americans once again worry that their democracy is hostage to judicial power, this Article is an archival reconstruction of how famed Harvard law professor James Bradley Thayer set out on a mission to stave off the syndrome before it stuck — though he failed in the end.

    The Article shows how Thayer (1831-1902) arrived at his epochmaking theory of judicial deference to safeguard Congress’s power after democratic revolutions of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Indeed, he hoped to see America transformed in the direction of British legislative supremacy, in which Parliament — and not the courts — reigned supreme. Scandalized by growing ventures to weaponize the federal judiciary so as to preempt the newly federalized American democracy, Thayer bet on something new in global history: mass democracy on a national scale, understood as an experiment in collective learning. The Article thereby provides a new periodization and transatlantic contextualization of the struggles over judicial fiat routinely associated the Supreme Court’s defense of laissez-faire in the early twentieth century.

    And yet, as this Article emphasizes, Thayer failed in the long run. His democratizing fix, judicial self-restraint under the “clear error standard” — which this Article shows had the same English roots as his democratic and parliamentary theory — has tragically misled reform. It embroiled Americans in a neverending debate on judicial “restraint,” even as Thayer proposed a doctrinal prescription encouraging judges to limit their power themselves. He therefore postponed an institutional remedy for an institutional syndrome. For this reason, his mission, in spite of its partial implementation after his death, now has to be rescued in its own right. Judicial self-restraint has not prevented the continuation and even the intensification of the very juristocratic syndrome Thayer rightly found so troubling. If Americans still remain with him at the dawn of our commitment to democracy, they will have to save it from judges in a new way all their own

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  2. 11:45am 2024-02-15T12:45-06:00
    DFPS Info Session

    Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 14, on Symplicity.

    The Department of Family and Protective Services seeks to promote safe and healthy families and protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Join this information session to learn more about DFPS's varied work in these areas and employment/internship opportunities available to law students.

    Panelists include:

    Kellie Starr Price '07, DFPS Special Projects Attorney

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  3. 12:00pm 2024-02-15T13:15-06:00
    Mandatory Write-On Info Session

    Any Texas Law students interested in participating in the write-on competition are invited to attend this information session. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory in order to enroll in the write-on process, which takes place after finals and qualifies you for consideration by all the journals. Members of the Texas Law Review will be available to answer any questions and talk about their experiences on TLR. Lunch will be provided!

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  4. 12:00pm 2024-02-15T12:50-06:00
    The Words That Made Us

    Please join the Texas Federalist Society at 12 PM on Thursday, February 15 in TNH 2.139 as Yale University Professor of Law and Political Science Akhil Reed Amar discusses his book The Words That Made Us and explores the biggest constitutional questions confronted by early Americans––and what answers they came to.

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  5. 4:00pm 2024-02-15T18:00-06:00
    Professor Mock Trial

    BOA will hold a mock trial with your favorite trial advocacy professors competing. More info TBD.

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February 16
  1. 12:00pm 2024-02-16T20:00-06:00
    The Review of Litigation Symposium

    The Review of Litigation will host its 2024 Spring Symposium on ESG and Litigation.

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February 17
  1. All day
    GRITS Conference 2024

    Getting Radical In The South (GRITS) will be hosting eight panels, several trainings and displays, and a keynote speaker on campus over the course of two days.

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  2. 10:00am 2024-02-17T15:00-06:00
    Law School Planning Day

    The Texas Law Pipeline Program is hosting a one-day in-person workshop aimed at preparing undergraduate and recent graduate attendees for the law school application process. Session includes: - Law School Admissions Council and Preparing for the LSAT - Law School Admissions Dean Panel and Mock File Review - Writing A Personal Statement - Resources For Applicants

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18 February 19
  1. 12:00pm 2024-02-19T12:50-06:00
    Write-On Informational Makeup

    Makeup informational for those who could not attend the first Texas Law Review mandatory informational session. Any Texas Law students interested in participating in the write-on competition are invited to attend this information session. Attendance at one of these meetings is mandatory in order to enroll in the write-on process, which takes place after finals. The write-on qualifies you for consideration by all the journals.

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February 20
  1. 8:30am 2024-02-20T10:00-06:00
    TBLS x Baker & McKenzie Breakfast

    Come grab some breakfast and meet Baker & McKenzie attorneys!

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  2. 8:30am 2024-02-20T10:00-06:00
    TBLS Breakfast w/ Baker McKenzie

    Come by and meet lawyers from Baker McKenzie and learn more about the firm + corporate practice group!

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  3. 12:00pm 2024-02-20T12:45-06:00
    Tour of Levinson Collection

    Join Texas Law Art Association and Professor Levinson for a tour of the Levinson Collection of American Flag Art on display in the atrium. The tour will begin in the atrium at 12:00pm on Tuesday, February 20. Please meet us at the library entrance. We hope to see you there!

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  4. 12:00pm 2024-02-20T12:50-06:00
    TLR Bluebooking Session

    Please join members of Volume 103 of the Texas Law Review to learn more about Bluebook rules in preparation for the write-on Bluebooking exam. Lunch will be provided thanks to our sponsor, Beck Redden!

    Feel free to email any questions to

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  5. 3:45pm 2024-02-20T17:45-06:00
    Law and Philosophy Workshop

    The Law and Philosophy Seminar Workshop surveys different topics in legal philosophy and sconstitutional theory. Organized around a series of seven workshops, each features a deifferent leading scholar who presents and discusses their own work with both law and philosophy faculty and the students in the seminar.

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  6. 4:00pm 2024-02-20T17:45-06:00
    Health, Innovation, and the Law

    Health, Innovation, and the Law Colloquium closely studies the works-in-progress of leading scholars of health innovation from across the country and engages with the authors about their work.

    Spring 2024 Speakers:

    Feb. 6 – Ameet Sarpatwari – Harvard University Feb. 20 – Matthew Lawrence – Emory University March 5 – Wendy Epstein – DePaul University March 26 – Erin Fuse Brown – Georgia State University College April 9 – Myrisha Lewis – College of William & Mary April 23 – Rachel Sachs – Washington University

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  7. 6:00pm 2024-02-20T00:00-06:00
    Alternative Bar Review

    Come join us for pub food and zero-proof mocktails made by the SHIFT Makers... we hope to see you there!

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February 21
  1. 11:45am 2024-02-21T12:45-06:00
    Estate Planning in Practice

    Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 20, on Symplicity.

    Hosted by PGLETS. Join premier Austin estate planners for a discussion on creative problem solving for large and complex estates.

    Featuring: Sam Hildebrand of Jackson Walker LLP Lois Ann Stanton of Osborne, Helman, Scott, Knisely & Stanton, LLP Steve Saunders of Saunders & Associates

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  2. 3:45pm 2024-02-21T16:30-06:00
    Society Program Info Session # 1

    Interested in becoming a Dean's Fellow, Society Coordinator or Academic Success Fellow for the 2024/25 academic year?

    Come to an info session and hear from SAO + current Society Program members. Get your questions answered before applying.

    Attendance at an info session is a pre-requisite to applying.

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February 22
  1. All day
    TJOGEL Symposium

    Come network with industry professionals at TJOGEL's annual CLE Symposium! This year's Symposium has a fantastic lineup of speakers who will discuss an array of topics.

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  2. 11:30am 2024-02-22T17:30-06:00
    Aequalitas: A Conference About Women in

    Please join a variety of panelists for programming about the realities of being a woman in the legal field. Hosted by Texas Law Review and Baker Botts.

    Lunch provided and happy hour reception to follow.

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  3. 11:30am 2024-02-22T12:50-06:00
    Faculty Colloquium - Angie Litwin, Texas

    Bartenwerfer v. Buckley and Coerced Debt

    In Bartenwerfer v. Buckley, the Supreme Court held that Mrs. Kate Bartenwerfer could be denied the discharge of a debt under Section 523(a)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code on the basis of fraud that her partner and husband, Mr. David Bartenwerfer, committed in selling a house that he remodeled and both spouses owned. Partnership was key to the decision; the Court embraced a Nineteenth Century precedent holding that the fraud of one partner prevented an innocent partner from discharging the debt. And the concurrence explicitly stated that the decision is limited to partners, defined using principals of agency law. Because the Bartenwerfers were both martial and business partners, a key question is which type of partnership is relevant. Fortunately for debtors with liabilities created by domestic violence, the Supreme Court characterized the Bartenwerfers as “business partners,” and caselaw under the precedent Bartenwerfer embraced largely limits partnership-imputed denials of discharge to business partnerships. Thus, much coerced debt – debt created by an abusive partner using fraud or coercion – should not be subject to denial of discharge under Bartenwerfer, because most coerced debt appears to be consumer debt. Unfortunately, in both the case law and our data, marital and business debt are not mutually exclusive. This manuscript uses data from the first in-depth study of coerced debt to argue that bankruptcy is an important avenue for relief from coerced debt, and that while Bartenwerfer is unlikely to broadly limit the discharge of coerced debt, it still may have negative effects on a narrower band of cases.

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  4. 12:00pm 2024-02-22T13:15-06:00
    Animal Law Workshop

    Drawing on her work in human and animal research ethics, Dr. Hope Ferdowsian will discuss how starting from clear ethical principles has informed human research policy, and how a similar approach could better inform research policy surrounding the use of animals in research—resulting in improvements in medicine, science, and ethics and greater protections and benefits for people and animals. Join us in-person in TNH 3.125 or online via Zoom ( Meeting ID: 921 5597 9467 Passcode: 242422

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  5. 3:45pm 2024-02-22T17:30-06:00
    Business Law Workshop -

    Emily Strauss presenting an original paper in the Business Law Workshop

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February 23
  1. All day
    TJOGEL Symposium

    Come network with industry professionals at TJOGEL's annual CLE Symposium! This year's Symposium includes a great panel of industry experts who will present on a wide variety of topics.

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  2. 9:00am 2024-02-23T11:00-06:00
    SBA Creature Coffee with V & E

    Swing by the Atrium for coffee c/o V & E! Happy Friday, y'all!

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  3. 11:45am 2024-02-23T13:15-06:00
    Policing in the Age of the Gun

    Co-Sponsored by FedSoc -- Lunch provided

    Moderator and Panelist: Barry Friedman, 2024 Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Panelists: Sylvia Moir, Clark Neily

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  4. 1:15pm 2024-02-23T12:30-06:00
    Crime and Violence

    Moderator and Panelist: Maria Ponomarenko

    Panelists: Jamein Cunningham, Michael Sierra-Arévalo, Art Acevedo, Trudy Strassburger

    Barry Friedman, 2024 Distinguished Visiting Professor, serves as the founding director of the Policing Project at NYU Law, which he co-founded with Texas Law Assistant Prof. Maria Ponomarenko.

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  5. 2:45pm 2024-02-23T16:00-06:00
    Stop Calling the Police

    Moderator and Panelist: Barry Friedman, 2024 Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Panelists: Christy Lopez, Chris Harris

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February 24
  1. All day
    TILJ Annual Symposium and Banquet

    The Texas International Law Journal's Annual Symposium and Banquet will be held on February 24, 2024, and is titled “Current Challenges to the Effectiveness and Future of the International Criminal Court.” The event will consist of three panels, united by a common focus on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and a focus on its efficacy and future. Our event promises to be the preeminent venue for fruitful discussion and disagreement, with new ideas and approaches presented and analyzed from different viewpoints.

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