2016 Archive

Jack Getman: “Fighting a persistent bias against unions.”

Prof. Julius G. Getman, the Earl E. Sheffield Regents Chair Emeritus, is back on bookshelves this winter with a new title published by Cornell University Press: The Supreme Court on Unions: Why Labor Law is Failing American Workers. In his book, Prof. Getman argues that the Supreme Court has become more and more central to shaping […]

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Steve Goode Named Civitatis Award Winner for 2016

Professor Steve Goode of the UT Law School has been named the winner of the University’s Civitatis Award for 2016.  The announcement was made this week by President Greg Fenves. The Civitatis Award is the highest distinction made by the University of Texas to recognize outstanding citizenship.  It is conferred on a member of the […]

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Scott McCown: Texas must increase funding to fix Child Protective Services

With the new year will come the new Texas Legislature Session. Among the major issues that will be put before legislators is funding for Texas’ overburdened Child Protective Services agency. Texas Law Prof. F. Scott McCown, a former judge and longtime advocate for children’s rights, and the Director of the law school’s Children’s Rights Clinic, anticipated […]

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Texas Law tops in bar-passage rate

Results from this summer’s Texas bar examination were released Thursday.  The University of Texas had the highest passage rate in the state.  94% of Texas Law graduates passed the exam on the first try.   261 of the Law School’s graduates took the Texas bar exam this summer.  245 of them passed, by far the highest number of any […]

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Steve Vladeck on C-SPAN: Clinton’s Emails, Comey’s Letter, and the Hatch Act

Texas Law Professor Stephen Vladeck appeared Monday on Washington Journal, C-SPAN’s morning interview program, to discuss the letter submitted to Congress on Friday, October 28, by F.B.I. Director James Comey, alerting the world to the possibility of new emails in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Prof. Vladeck has emerged as a go-to […]

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Jordan Steiker: Changing how America thinks about capital punishment

The cover story of Harvard Magazine‘s November-December issue is an in-depth look at the research and influence of Texas Law Professor Jordan Steiker and his sister, Harvard Law Professor Carol Steiker. The Steikers have a new book, Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment, which, according to the authors, “traces the unusual and distinctive […]

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Susan Morse: How Texas Can Help All Special Needs Students

Texas Law Prof. Susan Morse penned a new opinion piece about safe harbors for DallasNews, the online presence of The Dallas Morning News, in response to a widely-read and much-discussed article by Brian M. Rosenthal for the Houston Chronicle. That story, “Denied: How Texas keeps thousands of children out of special education,” examined the role of the […]

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Prof. Willy Forbath
Texas Law Faculty in the National Spotlight

Several members of the Texas Law faculty have recently been prominently featured in the national press. In the current issue of The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin’s “The Supreme Court After Scalia” considers the upcoming term and the possibilities of an emerging “liberal Court.” Among matters that could come before a newly configured Court in coming […]

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OPINION: Steiker: Extraordinary Injustice in Texas

In a powerful opinion piece published on the National Law Journal website, Professor Jordan Steiker calls on the Supreme Court to “declare the obvious” and acknowledge the prejudicial role of race in the sentencing of Duane Buck, and for federal courts “to correct blatant errors in Texas capital cases.” Steiker’s new book, Courting Death: The Supreme […]

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