Student Life

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GRITS 2021: Building Community Online

Launched by a group of students at the University of Texas School of Law in 2015, GRITS (Getting Radical in the South) is an entirely student-run public interest law conference that focuses on social justice work in the South. GRITS emphasizes innovative, progressive, and even radical approaches to building community among students, practitioners, and community […]

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Texas Law 3L student Victoria Fazzino in a burnt orange dress with white flowers, standing outside on a sunny day
A National Championship for Texas Law in Costello Competition

Texas Law 3Ls Victoria Fazzino, Jensen Martinez, and Zachary Dwyer got their Super Bowl celebrations started early on Sunday when they were named the national champions of the 13th Annual John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition, hosted by George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. “We were proud to represent Texas Law,” […]

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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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Portrait of John C. Ruff, wearing a navy jacket and a blue and grey tie.
🤘STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: John C. Ruff ’22

For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 2L John C. Ruff, Pro Bono Scholar and Staff Editor of The American Journal of Criminal Law and The Review of Litigation! Q: Won’t you tell us about some of your activities at the law school? I’m a Pro Bono Scholar with the Mithoff Pro Bono Program. […]

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Portrait of Barbara Di Castro Pimenta wearing undergraduate graduation regalia.
🤘STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Barbara Di Castro Pimenta ’23

For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 1L Barbara Di Castro Pimenta, member of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law and the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association! Q: What sorts of things are you engaged in at law school? As a 1L I have tried to not overwhelm myself with […]

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Portrait of John Goodman II, wearing his Anglican Minister attire.
🤘STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: John Goodman II ’23

For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 1L John Goodman II, member of the Federalist Society and an Anglican minister in the Rio Grande Valley! Q: Hi John! Would you tell us a bit about what sorts of activities you’ve been engaged in at the law school? I joined the Federalist Society […]

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Caroline Burks pictured in a large coat standing in front of stone infrastructures
🤘STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Caroline Burks ’22

For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 2L Caroline Burks, managing editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, director of development for The Review of Litigation, former co-president of Texas Law Disability Alliance, Cybersecurity Graduate Fellow, and Brumley Next Generation Fellow! Q: Wow, you have held an impressive array of leadership […]

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