Author: Christopher Roberts

  • Portrait of Albertine Bowie
    One of Texas Law’s pioneers, Albertine Bowie, of the Class of 1956, passed away in March 2020 in Oxford, England, her home of many years. Ms. Bowie, whose husband, Yaw B. Turkson, was a Ghanian diplomat with posts across the globe, led an extraordinary life.  The story of those early graduates is the subject of […]
  • A car covered in snow with the word "Texas" drawn in the snow, taken during Winter Storm Uri in February 2021
    Last month’s historic Winter Storm Uri plunged millions of Texans into dangerous, emergency situations, with widespread power outages and water service interruptions. At one point, 45% of Austin was without power, leaving hundreds of thousands of Travis County residents without heat during sustained single-digit temperatures. Making matters worse, the record stretch of sub-freezing weather combined […]
  • Collage of the four alumni who will be honored by the Texas Bar Foundation.
    This June, when the Texas Bar Foundation hands out its annual honors to a select group of distinguished lawyers from around the state, four Texas Law alumni will hear their names called and have the chance to bask in the adulation of their peers. The Foundation’s highest honor, the Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award, was […]
  • A couple poses on the UT Austin campus with the landmark UT Tower in the background.
    Texas Leader magazine, which profiles the life stories of UT donors and the motivations that animate their philanthropy, had a chance recently to speak with Law School supporter and Double Longhorn Dudley Oldham, Class of 1966, and his wife Judy, who received her B.A. from UT in 1963. Writer Jennifer Boan checked in with the […]
  • An image of the five first women at Texas Law
    It’s International Women’s Day and at Texas Law we are reflecting on more than a century of women making their mark on our school and on the world. Today, women make up more than 50% of law students nationally and organizations such as Texas Law’s Center for Women in Law are central to the law […]
  • Screen image of Prof. Steve Vladeck talking to the camera while testifying on YouTube
    While Texas was in the midst of a historic winter weather emergency last month—during which nearly 45% of Austin was without power for days on end—Prof. Steve Vladeck braved the elements to get to his office to participate in a remote hearing for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary. The hearing, officially […]
  • Oath of Office document
    Today, much is known about the pioneering men and women who fought for the rightful place of Black students at The University of Texas and the School of Law. The names of Heman Marion Sweatt, Gloria Bradford, and Virgil Lott are revered for their respective roles in breaking the color barrier at Texas Law in […]
  • Texas Law 3L student Victoria Fazzino in a burnt orange dress with white flowers, standing outside on a sunny day
    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,” […]
  • Student lawyers prepare for a court appearance on behalf of their clients in the Juvenile Justice Clinic of Texas Law.
    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 […]
  • A portrait of Zipporah Wiseman wearing a fuchsia top.
    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 […]
  • Portrait of Taylor, Texas Mayor Brandt Rydell wearing glasses and a green tie.
    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 […]
  • A portrait of Frances Valdez, in a black blazer and pearl necklace and glasses.
    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 […]