In February, students from the Sheffield Society met with Judge Edward C. Prado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prado, a 1972 graduate of the Law School, serves as the community fellow for the Sheffield Society, which is one of eight societies in the Law School’s Society Program. The Society Program is designed to build a sense of community at the Law School and to provide the students with access to the faculty. Through the Community Fellows initiative, each society is associated with an attorney who is highly distinguished and respected in the community. The community fellows meet with the law students in a small group setting, and in addition to Prado, include Judge Nancy F. Atlas; Jack Balagia, ’76; Senator Rodney Ellis, ’79; Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, ’88; UT President Bill Powers; Harry Reasoner, ’62; and Judge Lee H. Rosenthal.
Prado was joined for the talk by his current law clerks, Derek Linkous, Michelle Parthum, Amit Vora, and Alex Zolan, as well as third-year student Kate Nanny, ’12, who will clerk for Prado after graduating from the Law School. The clerks presented the facts and arguments relating to United States v. Kebodeaux. The case, which was heard en banc by the 5th Circuit in September of 2011, deals with the constitutionality of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Prado said, “As a community fellow, I am always excited about the opportunity to meet the students and engage them in discussions about pending cases. I am routinely impressed with UT Law students’ intellect and enthusiasm about the law. I can’t wait to be back!” Sheffield Society Faculty Advisor Michael Sturley said, “Judge Prado is an outstanding Community Fellow and a great friend to the Law School. We thank Judge Prado and his clerks for sharing their insights and leading an interesting discussion.”
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