Alumni Focus

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The Honorable Reynaldo Guerra Garza ’39

It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month through October 15, when Americans honor the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans and the heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. Although we aren’t able to single out every one of the thousands of outstanding lawyers and leaders of Hispanic heritage who got their start at […]

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Nation’s First Virtual Criminal Jury Trial

The nation’s first-ever virtual criminal jury trial took place on August 11 on Zoom, and Texas Law alum Carl Guthrie ’17 was there representing the defendant. Guthrie, along with the non-profit that he co-founded, the Texas Poverty Law Project (TPLP), represented a client accused of speeding in a construction zone. Guthrie’s client was ultimately found […]

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Portraits of Alistair Dawson, Garret Brawley, and Parth Gejji
Fifth Circuit Upholds $438M Antitrust Judgment for Beck Redden

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a judgment for nearly $440 million in favor of Beck Redden Client HP, Inc. The winning Beck Redden team included Texas Law alumni Alistair Dawson ’89 (a Beck Redden Partner), Garret Brawley ’16 (a firm Associate), and Parth Gejji ’13 (a firm […]

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IN MEMORIAM: Steve Susman ’65

The legal world, along with the extended Texas Law community, is mourning the loss of Steve Susman ’65. Susman was one of a small handful of people to have played a meaningful role in almost every aspect of the law school’s existence: as the son of a pioneering alumna, Helene Daily ’34; as a top […]

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“Are You Willing to Give Up Your Privilege?” Asks Darren Walker ’86 in the New York Times Opinion

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker ’86—a double Longhorn, a two-time Law Alumni Award winner, and a Texas Exes Distinguished Alumnus Awardee—has a new New York Times op-ed arguing that, to preserve the American dream of upward mobility, the beneficiaries of an existentially flawed system must be willing to give up some of the benefits it […]

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Message from the Dean to Alumni

Dean Ward Farnsworth sent the message below to alumni on June 8, 2020. Dear alumni, This is a challenging time for our country, our state, and our school.  First, of course, it is a time of intense social and political turmoil and soul-searching.  Last Monday, President Hartzell sent this note to the University community.  I followed it with a message to […]

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Darren Walker ’86 on How Philanthropy Can Help Achieve Racial Justice

Darren Walker ’86, President of the Ford Foundation, participated in Thursday’s Time 100 Talks addressing philanthropy’s role in the movement for racial justice. Walker is a Texas Exes Distinguished Alumnus Awardee, the highest honor given by his alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin, and winner of the 2019 Texas Law Outstanding Alumni Award.  […]

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One of East Austin’s Most Legendary Families

Many in the Texas Law community are familiar with Virgil C. Lott’s story. In 1953, Lott became the first African American to graduate from The University of Texas Law School and was the first African American to sit on the bench of an Austin court. Today the law school honors Lott’s achievements and memory by […]

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