A panel discussion entitled “Immigration Litigation Update and the Prospects for Comprehensive Immigration Reform” will be held at the Law School Thursday, March 28, from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Francis Auditorium. Lunch will be provided. The event is free and open to students, the Law School community, and the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Rachel Sidopulos by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, to register.
Texas receives highest award in nation through development of innovative, progressive pilot.
Gregory J. Smith has joined the University of Texas School of Law as Assistant Dean for Continuing Legal Education.
The Law School’s annual Diversity Weekend was held February 22–23, 2013, at the University of Texas. Alumni from all over met with Dean Ward Farnsworth and representatives from the Center for Women in Law as well as students from the Asian Law Students Association, Chicano/Hispanic Students Association, OUTLaw, the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, and the Women’s Law Caucus.
The Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center has received a $500,000 grant from the Texas General Land Office to fund work on the Texas Title Homeownership Opportunity Program Project. The GLO grant comes from federal funds designated to assist Hurricanes Dolly and Ike survivors relocate to higher opportunity neighborhoods. The project is part of a larger coordinated hurricane recovery program that includes the participation of communities affected by the disasters, advocates for low-income survivors, and local, state, and federal agencies.
Senator Ninfa Salinas of Mexico will give a talk entitled “The Past, Present, and Future State of the Environmental and Energy Sectors in Mexico” on March 1, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. in JON 5.207 at the Law School. The talk is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series presented by the Law School’s Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law. Lunch will be provided.
On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the University of Texas School of Law’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law and Career Services Office will present speaker Vanita Gupta, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union and director of the ACLU’s National Campaign to End Overincarceration. Gupta has been involved in several significant Texas cases.
The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law recently received a three-year, $150,000 grant from the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation. The grant launched the Frances T. “Sissy” Farenthold Archives Project, which will document Farenthold’s contributions to Texas and U.S. politics, the women’s peace movement, and international human rights and justice.
Jordan Steiker, Judge Robert M. Parker Chair in Law and Co-Director of the Capital Punishment Center, has written a preview of McQuiggin v. Perkins, a federal habeas case scheduled to be argued the week of February 25, 2013, at the Supreme Court, at SCOTUSblog.
On Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the University of Texas at Austin will host “the biggest open house in Texas”—Explore UT. This annual event is a hands-on introduction to the University to schoolchildren from kindergarten through high school through a variety of events, performances, lectures, exhibits, and other activities.