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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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Portrait of Kelsey Chapple, wearing a gray shirt and a cream necklace.
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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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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Getting to Know Prof. Steve Collis

New clinical professor Steve Collis joins the Texas Law faculty as the founding director of the Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center and the school’s new Law and Religion Clinic. His expertise on religion and the law has made him a sought-after speaker for both academic and lay audiences all across the United States, including diplomats from […]

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Portrait of Prof. Steve Collis
Texas Law Launches First Amendment Center

The University of Texas School of Law is opening the Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center, dedicated to advancing discussion, education, and scholarship on the First Amendment. Among the center’s main projects will be a new experiential education opportunity, the Law and Religion Clinic. It is the first clinic at a university in the state dedicated to representing […]

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Budd Innocence Center Launches

Thanks to a gift from a former prosecutor and her husband, The University of Texas School of Law is opening the Budd Innocence Center to educate law students and improve the criminal justice system by enabling students and faculty to help Texas prisoners seek exoneration for crimes they did not commit. The Budd Innocence Center […]

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