2021 Archive

Portrait of Aisha Nawaz Hagen and Lars Hagen
Lawyers in Love 2021

Texas Law didn’t just give these couples a world-class legal education—it gave them their families! Happy Valentine’s Day from Texas Law and from these lawyers in love! Julie Ferguson ’95 & Scott Breedlove ’94 SB: Julie Ferguson ’95 and I overlapped at UT for six years but did’t meet until her fourth and my final […]

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Texas Law 3L student Victoria Fazzino in a burnt orange dress with white flowers, standing outside on a sunny day
A National Championship for Texas Law in Costello Competition

Texas Law 3Ls Victoria Fazzino, Jensen Martinez, and Zachary Dwyer got their Super Bowl celebrations started early on Sunday when they were named the national champions of the 13th Annual John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition, hosted by George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. “We were proud to represent Texas Law,” […]

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Student lawyers prepare for a court appearance on behalf of their clients in the Juvenile Justice Clinic of Texas Law.
The Juvenile Justice Clinic Celebrates 45 Years

It’s a milestone school year for Texas Law’s Juvenile Justice Clinic. The clinic, which offers litigation experience while exposing students to the operations of the juvenile justice system by placing them as student attorneys with the Travis County Juvenile Public Defender, grew out of a 1975 seminar led by Professor Michael Rosenthal, who had students […]

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Eva Sikes standing and speaking to five students seated at a table during Pro Bono in January 2020.
Pandemic Pro Bono in January Succeeds Despite Challenges

Each year, the Richard and Ginni Mithoff Program organizes a winter break service trip to South Texas: Pro Bono in January, or PBinJ. Due to the pandemic, students did not travel to South Texas in January 2021 — but the tradition went on, online. “We want to continue to support our pro bono partners in […]

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Gloria Bradford in her 1954 Senior Law Composite. Courtesy of the Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.
A Profile in Courage: Gloria Katrina Bradford

During Black History Month, the Law School is recognizing the central role of impactful Black figures in our past, present, and future, highlighting their achievements and celebrating their successes. One such pioneering figure is Gloria Bradford ’54—a contemporary of Heman Sweatt and Virgil Lott—the first African American woman to graduate from Texas Law, the first to […]

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A portrait of Zipporah Wiseman wearing a fuchsia top.
IN MEMORIAM: Professor Zipporah B. Wiseman

The Law School community is saddened by the passing of Zipporah Batshaw Wiseman, the Thos. H. Law Centennial Professor Emerita in Law, who died on January 20 at age 90. Prof. Wiseman had a long and distinguished academic career, the final 27 years of which were spent as a faculty member at Texas Law. “Zipporah’s […]

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Portrait of Taylor, Texas Mayor Brandt Rydell wearing glasses and a green tie.
Brandt Rydell ’96 Named “Citizen of the Year” in Taylor

We’re sending out a Texas Law “Hook ’em!” to Brandt Rydell ’96, who has been honored by the Rotary Club of Taylor as the “Citizen of the Year.” Rydell serves as the Mayor of Taylor, just 35 minutes northeast of Austin. A Taylor native, Mayor Rydell is assistant general counsel for the Electric Reliability Council […]

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A portrait of Frances Valdez, in a black blazer and pearl necklace and glasses.
Frances Valdez ’05 and The Changing Face of Advocacy

Immigration lawyer Frances Valdez ’05 has spent the better part of two decades advocating for legal rights and the improvement of legal systems for low-income immigrants, first as a student in Texas Law’s Immigration Clinic and then with multiple prestigious non-profits, including Baker Ripley and United We Dream. She has served on numerous boards, including the ACLU […]

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Class of 2023 pro bono participants (clockwise from top left) Kate Gibson, Marcus Harding, Adarsh Parthasarathy, Neal Whetstone, Leah Weintrub, and Sophia Shams.
Pro Bono in the Time of COVID: 1Ls Share Fall 2020 Experiences

Fall 2020 presented novel challenges for the law school’s Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program, which has developed a rich array of in-house pro bono projects that provide opportunities for students to assist community members with a range of legal problems. After the pandemic moved all pro bono activities online in March 2020, program […]

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