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The exterior doors of Townes Hall at the University of Texas School of Law, with an inscription chiseled above: "That they may truly and impartially administer justice."
Texas Law Announces Guaranteed Summer Funding

In Spring 2022, Texas Law will launch the Summer Public Service Program (SPSP), which will provide a stipend to every student working in an unpaid summer internship in the public sector, including nonprofits, government organizations, and legislative offices in the U.S. and abroad. Students will receive full fellowships of $5,000 for ten weeks of work with […]

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Jill Applegate ’21 Awarded Skadden Fellowship to Work with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

Jill Applegate ’21 has been awarded a 2022 Skadden Fellowship to work with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in New York. Her fellowship project will focus on providing direct representation for immigrants who have received deportation orders because of criminal convictions but who have the right to remain in the United States due to changes in […]

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The Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center Year in Review

With generous donations from Texas Law alumni Doug Bech and Sam Loughlin, The University of Texas School of Law opened the Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center in the Fall of 2020. The First Amendment Center serves to advance dialogue and scholarship about the First Amendment and foster appreciation of its place in our legal system. Professor Steven T. […]

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Eight Members of the Class of 2021 Receive Graduating Student Awards

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law honored eight members of the class of 2021 with Graduating Student Awards. This annual award recognizes graduating students for their extraordinary commitment during law school to using the law to serve others and to supporting Texas Law’s public interest community. The faculty selection committee considered the […]

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2021 Beck Center Awards
2021 Beck Center Awards Recognizes Students for Excellent Communication Skills

The David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy recognized outstanding Texas Law students in with the 2021 Beck Center Awards in a ceremony on April 29, 2021. Students were awarded for demonstrating their commitment to perfecting their communication skills by serving as Teaching Quizmasters, participating in the Paper Chase legal writing […]

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Alumni Making an Impact: Texas Law’s First Gallogly Family Foundation Public Interest Law Fellows

Texas Law is fortunate to be included in the Gallogly Family Foundation’s Public Interest Law Fellowship program, which provides opportunities for new lawyers to gain experience in public interest work and to improve access to legal services.  Gallogly Fellows work with nonprofit organizations on a project providing direct civil legal services to underrepresented individuals, including […]

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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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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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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 Prof. Lee Kovarsky
Getting to Know Prof. Lee Kovarsky

Lee Kovarsky joins the Texas Law faculty as the Bryant Smith Chair in Law. A leading scholar of the death penalty and habeas corpus, his teaching and writing focus on civil and criminal procedure, criminal justice, federal jurisdiction, and conflicts of law. A native Texan, Prof. Kovarsky received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics […]

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