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A statement from Texas Law

Dear Texas Law Community,

At the University of Texas School of Law, we take pride in providing a supportive and welcoming environment for students from every background. We are the flagship public law school for one of the most diverse states in the nation, yet with that comes an acute awareness of our role in history. In the middle of the 20th century, we had to be sued to desegregate. The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Heman Sweatt, is now a hero in our school’s history, and he along with others paved the way for law students from all backgrounds to pursue a legal education. For this and many other reasons, the fight against injustice is a deeply felt part of our mission. Over our doors are etched the words: “that they may truly and impartially administer justice.” Our school views every instance of racial violence and discrimination as a grave affront to that mission, and we are committed to producing lawyers who lead the fight for justice under law in this and all other respects.

Our commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is led by Professor Shavonne Henderson, Assistant Dean for Equity and Inclusion. But carrying out this charge is not the job of any one member of our staff. It is the shared work of everyone in our community – every faculty member, every staff member, and every student. We are all thinking – we must all be thinking always – about how we can make ourselves part of the solution to the racial challenges that confront our nation, our state, and our school. We must ask ourselves at all times what we can do to ensure that everyone who works or studies here feels recognized, supported, and valued by all others. The work of ensuring justice starts at home, and it begins again every day.

Learn more about Texas Law’s mission and the University’s commitment to diversity.

Signature - Ward Farnsworth

Ward Farnsworth, Dean

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022 - Virtual Rally

Due to concerns around the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the Austin-area, the 2022 MLK Festival has been canceled. Instead, There will be a virtual MLK Rally program on January 17th.  

Meet Student Legacy Award Winner Anthony Collier

We are very excited to celebrate Anthony Collier, a 3L Texas Law student and this year's Student Legacy Award winner! He is one of three student awardees who was honored last evening at the Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights.

Proud to be a First-Generation Lawyer

On November 10th 2021 at 12:00 pm, presenters will share their experiences as they navigated from being a first-generation law student/LLM to first-generation attorney.

Money Matters

On November 8th 2021 at 12:00 pm, presenters will share their strategies and approaches for managing their finances as a first-generation law students.

Most Influential and Up & Coming Lawyer awards

Several Texas Law alumni—three of whom are also faculty—are being honored with the 2021 Most Influential and Up & Coming Lawyer awards by the Austin Black Business Journal. The annual awards recognize Black professionals in the legal field who have achieved professional excellence and have actively paved the way to success for others.

Alumni News

Angela F Williams ('88) will become the next president and CEO of the United Way Worldwide. Williams will be the first woman and first African American to lead the organization.