The Law School’s Interscholastic Mock Trial Team has won the national championship in the 2013 John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition. The law students who won the national championship are advocates Will Clark and Maryssa Simpson; witness Alex Hughes; and alternate Brandan Montminy, all third-year students. This is the second time in three years the UT Law Interscholastic Team has won the Costello competition. The Law School team also won in 2011.
Professor Linda Mullenix, Morris & Rita Atlas Chair in Advocacy, has written an article in the American Bar Association’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases previewing the issues and arguments in American Express Corp. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, et al. (PDF link), for which the Supreme Court will hear arguments on February 27, 2013.
The Law School’s clinics were honored February 6, 2013, during the halftime of the University of Texas at Austin Women’s Basketball team’s game against Iowa State University.
The Texas Law Review will hold its annual symposium, on “Constitutional Foundations,” will take place at the University of Texas School of Law on February 15–16, 2013. The Texas Law Review has partnered with Professors Alexander Tsesis, of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Sanford Levinson, of the University of Texas School of Law, to host a symposium that will bring together several of the most renowned constitutional scholars to debate the interpretation of U.S. constitutional law.
The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law will present Marie-Therese Connolly as the Law School’s second G. Rollie White Public Interest Scholar in Residence, February 18-21, 2013. Connolly, who recently received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellowship for her work to prevent elderly abuse, is a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and is formerly the director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Elder Justice and Nursing Home Initiative. During her time at the Law School, Connolly will make two presentations that are free and open to the public.
The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law is pleased to announce its ninth annual conference, “Impunity, Justice, and the Human Rights Agenda,” to take place February 7–8, 2013. This year’s conference will bring together scholars, human rights advocates, and policy makers from around the world to assess critically the human rights movement’s focus on anti-impunity.
On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, the University of Texas School of Law’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, Center for Women in Law, and Career Services Office will present speaker Pamelya P. Herndon, executive director of the Southwest Women’s Law Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Law School will host a conference, “Is America Governable?” on January 24–26, 2013. It will bring together a remarkable array of scholars across many disciplines, people with a variety of high-level political experience, and eminent journalists to discuss the apparent dysfunction of the U.S. government, and possible remedies for it.
On January 17, 2013, the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law awarded the 2013 Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award to Marianne Carroll, ’81, partner at Brown McCarroll LLP. This prestigious award is given to a distinguished attorney who has made significant contributions to the oil, gas, and energy industry.
National student loan expert Heather Jarvis will address public service professionals and students from UT Law and other Texas law schools in the Charles I. Francis Auditorium on February 1, 2013. This is her second consecutive year to present “Public Service Loan Forgiveness in Five Easy Steps” during the annual Public Service Career Fair, the largest public service legal job fair in Texas. This year she will also cover the details of President Obama’s new Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan, including how borrowers can determine whether they qualify.