Texas Law Fellowships has announced the recipients of the 2012 Excellence in Public Interest Awards. They are: Ian Spechler, ‘07, founder of the Legal Representation for Dually Managed Youth Project; David Gonzalez, founding partner of a sliding-scale criminal defense firm in Austin; UT Law Clinical Professors Bill Allison and Patricia Cummings of the Criminal Defense Clinic, who are being recognized for their work on the Michael Morton case; and Jordan Pollock, a third-year UT Law student.
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On February 9, 2012, the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law awarded the 2012 Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award to Glenn E. Johnson, partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP. This prestigious award is given to a distinguished attorney who has made significant contributions to the oil, gas, and energy industry.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, joined by the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, appeared in the Eidmann Courtroom at the University of Texas School of Law on December 13, 2011, to talk to students and faculty.
In recognition of National Pro Bono Week (October 23–29), the UT Law Pro Bono Program celebrates the pro bono efforts of members of the Law School community. Recently the Pro Bono Program spoke with Brandi Weaver, director of Student Services in the Law School’s Student Affairs Office, about her work representing clients in divorce cases through Volunteer Legal Services.
The University Of Texas School of Law will sponsor a “Passport Day” for anyone needing to procure a United States passport. Passport Day will take place on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. in the Susman-Godfrey Atrium.
The Law School welcomed Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to campus on April 4, 2011, for a series of events, including a lively colloquium about his most recent book, Making our Democracy Work. The colloquium was recorded and can be watched on the Law School’s website.
The University of Texas School of Law and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City have announced a new dual-degree program that will allow students to earn both a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a Licenciatura en Derecho (Mexican professional degree in law) from ITAM. Lawrence Sager, dean of the UT Law School, and Jorge Cerdio, dean of the Department of Law at ITAM, signed the agreement at a ceremony in UT Law’s Susman Academic Center on March 5, 2011.
The University of Texas School of Law will host the 33rd Annual Health Law Professors Conference on June 3–5, 2010.
An international group of scholars, jurists, and practitioners will gather in Houston for the fourth annual International Arbitration Symposium, “Arbitration and National Courts: Conflict and Cooperation,” May 13–14, 2010.