The University of Texas School of Law was proud to host the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules for their meeting in early April. The Committee is tasked with considering and recommending amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which govern procedure, practice, and evidence in the federal courts.
Six students at the University of Texas School of Law have been selected as the 2011 Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellows. The fellowships are made possible by a gift from Bill, ’70, and Stephanie Whitehurst, and are administered by the Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law. The fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding students between their second and third years of law school to support their summer public interest work.
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’s Justice Corps program recently awarded the Julius Glickman Fellowship in Public Interest Law to third-year student Claire Rodriguez. The two-year fellowship provides $45,000 per year for full-time legal work on a project sponsored by an existing public-interest legal organization and supervised by a licensed attorney.
The Law School’s interscholastic team won a national championship at the John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition, held in Fairfax, Virginia, February 10–13, 2011.
UT Law’s Community Development Clinic has been helping residents of Rancho Vista, a small colonia outside San Marcos, secure title to their homes, set up a nonprofit corporation to aid with home repairs, and prepare legislation that would make it easier for them to qualify for a homestead exemption.
Professor Dan Rodriguez discusses gay marriage litigation from the last decade and previews potential outcomes of California’s Proposition 8 case.