At the Law School

Black and white illustration of an upraised fist in a circle with the first serving as the letter I in the words GRITS
GRITS 2021: Building Community Online

Launched by a group of students at the University of Texas School of Law in 2015, GRITS (Getting Radical in the South) is an entirely student-run public interest law conference that focuses on social justice work in the South. GRITS emphasizes innovative, progressive, and even radical approaches to building community among students, practitioners, and community […]

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History-Makers: The 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 […]

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Headshots of 28 alumni and text that reads, "Texas Law Alumni - Changing the World and Making History"
Celebrating Black History Month and Our World-Changing Alumni

During Black History Month, we are recognizing the excellence and achievements of Texas Law alumni who are impacting society today in Texas and beyond! Read on to learn more about some of our remarkable alumni who started here and are changing the world.  Arleas Upton Kea is the Deputy to the Chairman for External Affairs […]

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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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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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Portrait of Prof. Karen Engle
Rapoport Center Publishes Report on COVID-19’s Outsized Impact on Austin’s Latinx Construction Workers

A new report from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice finds that Austin’s Latinx construction workers have suffered outsized consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic because of the city’s economic growth and related political decisions, including a mandate to allow construction work to continue during the coronavirus pandemic’s outset. According to […]

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Portrait of John C. Ruff, wearing a navy jacket and a blue and grey tie.
🤘STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: John C. Ruff ’22

For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 2L John C. Ruff, Pro Bono Scholar and Staff Editor of The American Journal of Criminal Law and The Review of Litigation! Q: Won’t you tell us about some of your activities at the law school? I’m a Pro Bono Scholar with the Mithoff Pro Bono Program. […]

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Portrait of Barbara Di Castro Pimenta wearing undergraduate graduation regalia.
🤘STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Barbara Di Castro Pimenta ’23

For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 1L Barbara Di Castro Pimenta, member of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law and the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association! Q: What sorts of things are you engaged in at law school? As a 1L I have tried to not overwhelm myself with […]

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