2021 Archive

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Resources to Learn About Juneteenth

This article was first published in 2020. It was updated in June 2021. We are wishing all a meaningful and happy Juneteenth. In that spirit, we are sharing a message sent out to the Texas Law community with links and resources for the Juneteenth holiday. It came from Professor Barbara Bintliff, Joseph C. Hutcheson Professor […]

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Longtime Texas Law Professor Knighted

Professor Philip Bobbitt, Distinguished Senior Lecturer at The University of Texas School of Law, has received an honor shared by very few Americans—an appointment as an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The honorary award, recognizing Bobbitt’s services to United Kingdom/United States relations and public life, was conferred by […]

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Alumni Association Announces 2021 Alumni Award Honorees

Four of Texas Law’s most accomplished and distinguished alumni will be honored this September by the Texas Law Alumni Association and Dean Ward Farnsworth. Texas Law’s late trailblazer Julius Whittier ’80 will also be honored with a special memorial tribute. The awards were announced by Alumni Association President Milam F. Newby ’03. “The Alumni Awards […]

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Four Texas Law Alumni to Serve on San Antonio Bar Association Board of Directors

Texas Law alumni Dave Evans ’01, Lorraine Efron ’88, Grant McFarland ’91, and Jaime Vasquez ’08 have been elected to the 2021-2022 Board of Directors for the San Antonio Bar Association (SABA). Pictured above, from left: Dave Evans, Grant McFarland, Jaime Vasquez, Lorraine Efron The association is San Antonio’s largest voluntary bar organization of attorneys and […]

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Tarlton Law Library Wins 2020-2021 AALL Innovations in Technology Award

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) announced the Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin, as winner of the 2020-2021 Innovations in Technology Award for producing the Thomas Woodward Houghton 50 State Ethics Guide. The award will be commemorated at the Association’s virtual 2021 Annual Meeting. The award recognizes a technological project […]

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Betty Balli Torres ’85 Honored with National 2021 Innovations in Equal Justice Award

Betty Balli Torres ’85, executive director of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF), won a national award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) for her work in ensuring access to justice for Texans in creative and innovative ways. Torres was presented with the NLADA’s 2021 Innovations in Equal Justice Award for […]

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🤘STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Emily Bamesberger ’21

For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 3L Emily Bamesberger! Q: What has been your inspiration to come to law school? After being a stay-at-home parent, I wanted an intellectually engaging career. I have several lawyers in my life who have shown me the creativity required in many types of legal work, […]

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Jill Seeber ’00 Opens Mabel Center Dedicated to Asylum Claims

Texas Law alumna Jill Seeber ’00 has opened a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Boston, MA, dedicated to “free and full legal representation for asylum-seekers with complex cases that existing legal services organizations are unable to accept.” The nonprofit, named Mabel Center for Immigrant Justice, began operations in October 2020. Seeber, whose early career was […]

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ABA Honors Neal Manne ’80 with 2021 John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award

The American Bar Association’s Litigation Section honored Neal Manne ’80 with its John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award on May 7 at the organization’s national meeting. The ABA’s award recognizes Manne for his decades of pro bono work on cases seeking equal justice under the law. The award is named for Judge Wisdom, […]

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