Joe and Terry Long to receive UT System Regents’ highest honor

Law School graduate Joe Long ’58 and his wife, Dr. Teresa Lozano Long, have been honored by the University of Texas System with the Santa Rita award, the highest distinction the Regents can bestow.

The Santa Rita award is conferred on people or groups who have a record of commitment to furthering the purposes and objectives of the UT System and to serving as the highest example of selfless and public-spirited service.  The award has been made only 25 times in the past 50 years.

Joe Long worked for the Texas Attorney General’s office before opening a private practice focused on providing legal counsel to banks. He eventually became a banker himself.

For decades, Joe and Terry Long have been among the most dedicated and generous supporters of the University of Texas in general and the School of Law in particular.

The Longs are the founders of the Long Career Launch program, which provides stipends to recent graduates who are looking for work, and they have endowed scholarships at the Law School for deserving students of merit, as well as endowing a faculty chair. Prof. Tom McGarity is the current holder of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Administrative Law.

Ward Farnsworth, Dean of the School of Law, spoke of the Longs as greatly deserving of the recognition. “Joe and Terry are two of the finest friends the Law School and the University have ever had — absolute heroes,” Farnsworth said.  “They have given selflessly to this community in every way.  Here at the Law School, they’ve helped countless students when they have needed it most.  We’re so proud to see them getting the recognition they deserve.”

For more details on the award and the Longs’ devotion to the University and the wider community, see the UT System Regents website