Faculty News

Chesney: Nation’s Focus Shifting Away from Terrorism

In the nearly two decades since 9/11, terrorism and counterterrorism have occupied center stage of the nation’s politics, media, and attention. For many years now on-screen villains, both factual and fictional, have been terrorists, while our heroes fight to dismantle and disempower them. Professor Bobby Chesney, Director of UT-Austin’s interdisciplinary research center the Robert S. […]

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Politico: The Constitution Needs a Reboot by Sanford V. Levinson

On September 17 the nation will observe Constitution Day to recognize those who have become U.S. citizens and the adoption of the United States’ supreme legal document. It was around this time (in 1787) that Benjamin Franklin addressed the convention saying, “There are several parts of this Constitution which I do not at present approve, […]

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Environmental Justice and the Anniversary of Hurricane Harvey

Texans have just marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey making landfall on the state. While much of what was destroyed has since been rebuilt, many people are still coping with the aftermath of all that Harvey wrought. Among other consequences of the carnage that Harvey left behind has been the realization that Texas is […]

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Fishkin: Who will count in the 2020 Census?

This week saw the publication of Texas Law Prof. Joseph Fishkin’s latest op-ed, The Right Wing Has Launched an Attack on Representation, in The Washington Post. In it, he addresses the question on immigration status potentially being added to the 2020 census. Prof. Fishkin argues that representation under the Constitution is not just for voters — it […]

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H. W. Perry Jr. Awarded 2018-19 Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship

Texas Law Prof. H.W. Perry has been awarded the 2018-19 Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship. The Friar Society, the university’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, awards the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship annually to one outstanding undergraduate professor. It is the largest undergraduate faculty award at UT Austin with an annual award of $25,000. Members of […]

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Avraham: Regulate consumer litigation funding, don’t ban it

Texas Law Senior Lecturer Ronen Avraham has just completed the first large-scale empirical study of consumer third-party litigation funding in the United States, along with colleague Anthony J. Sebok of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. The striking results of their new study will be analyzed in full in the forthcoming Cornell Law Review. Until […]

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In Memoriam: Prof. Robert W. Hamilton

Texas Law Emeritus Professor Robert W. Hamilton passed away on January 12. Retired since 2004, Prof. Hamilton had taught at the law school for forty years and held the Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law. Prof. Hamilton graduated from Swarthmore Collection in 1952 and earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in […]

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Vladeck has his day in court

Prof. Stephen I. Vladeck delivered the first oral argument of his career on Tuesday, January 16, in the United States Supreme Court. The cases, Dalmazzi, Cox, and Ortiz et al. v. United States, pose questions about the legality of military officers serving simultaneously as military and civilian judges. Audio of the oral arguments, including a linked transcript, has been posted by Oyez, […]

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Prof. Albert Elected to Chair Section of Comparative Law

Newly arrived Prof. Richard Albert received some welcome news during the American Association of Law Schools’ annual meetings in San Diego during the first week of January: Prof. Albert was elected to serve as Chair-Elect of the Section on Comparative Law, effective immediately. He becomes Chair in January 2019. The Section on Comparative Law provides a […]

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