Law School News

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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IN MEMORIAM: John Wells Fainter ’63

John Wells Fainter, a double longhorn who dedicated over fifty years of service to Texas, passed away on August 29, 2020. He received his B.A. in 1962 and graduated from Texas Law in 1963. Fainter has served the state as an investigator for the State Securities Board, an Assistant Attorney General, the First Assistant Attorney […]

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History Made 70 Years Ago This Week: Heman Sweatt Enrolls

The story begins on a Tuesday: February 26, 1946, when Heman Marion Sweatt appeared at the Office of the Registrar of The University of Texas at Austin, seeking admission to the School of Law. Sweatt, a native of Houston’s Third Ward, had been a standout student at Wiley College, the historically black, private college in […]

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Taking Freshlaw Orientation By The Horns

On the eve of the unofficial start of the academic year—Freshlaw Orientation, when all new students first arrive on campus to meet one another and see what law school’s all about—there was the usual excitement that attends this annual ritual. “It’s always my favorite time,” said Brandi Welch, Texas Law’s Director of Academic Advising and […]

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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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IN MEMORIAM: Robert Manley Parker ’64

The legal community and Texas Law are mourning the loss of Judge Robert Manley Parker ’64. Judge Parker was a double Longhorn, earning his B.B.A. in 1961 and his law degree in 1964. After graduating from Texas Law and spending a year in Washington D.C., Parker returned to East Texas to begin his legendary career […]

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Texas Law’s Successful 2020 Moot Court Season

The University of Texas School of Law had a remarkably successful 2020 Moot Court Season, both before and after the novel coronavirus disrupted many competitions across the country. The Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, widely recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent moot court competitions, took place the first weekend of March. It promotes and […]

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