Texas Law News

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Celebrating Black History Month

As we enter Black History Month, the School of Law and The University of Texas at Austin have planned a wealth of events, workshops, showcases, and celebrations. This range of activity allows all Longhorns to explore the history of Black experience on The Forty Acres, to give a platform to the Black voices of UT […]

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For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 3L Alex Rigby! Q: What university did you attend as an undergraduate and how did your studies help prepare you for law school? I went to the University of Virginia where I studied Government and Economics and minored in English. The degrees were great in […]

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2022 Legal Paper Chase Winner, Gloria Jones 3L
Jones ’23 Wins Prestigious Writing Competition

Third-year law student Gloria Jones took first place in the 2022 Paper Chase Legal Writing Competition, earning a trophy and a $5,000 prize. Her victory was announced on January 26 in an online ceremony hosted by the event’s three sponsors: the Texas Young Lawyers Association, Baylor Law School, and the Austin-based FVF Law Firm. In […]

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2023 Chancellors group photo
Chancellors for the Class of 2023 Recognized

Sixteen members of the Class of 2023 have been installed as Chancellors, joining Texas Law’s most prestigious honor society. The students, who are chosen for having the highest grade point averages in the class, were recognized at a ceremony on January 20 in the law school’s Sheffield Massey Room, an intimate event attended by a […]

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Portraits of Elizabeth Bangs and Douglas Laycock
Making a Difference for Students Leads to Recognition by American Association of Law Schools

Two members of the Texas Law community were recognized by the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) with national awards on Jan. 5, 2023: Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Elizabeth Bangs and the Alice McKean Young Regents Chair Emeritus Douglas Laycock. “The leadership and faculty of Texas Law are extraordinarily talented and extraordinarily student-focused,” said […]

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Reception Kicks Off 2023 Alumni Mentoring Program

The Texas Law 1L class and their Austin-based alumni mentors gathered at the Austin Public Library for an evening of conversation and refreshments on January 11. This was the kickoff event for the 2023 Alumni Mentoring Program, one of Texas Law’s distinctive features. With over 325 students and alumni in attendance, the night was a […]

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🤘STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Mary Grace McFarland ’24

For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 2L Mary Grace McFarland! Q: What did you do before law school? I went to UT Austin for undergrad and studied Political Communication. After that, I taught fourth- and sixth-grade English and earned my master’s degree in Education before pursuing law school.   Q: What […]

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America Law Institute Centennial Display Highlights Connection with Texas Law

The American Law Institute is marking its 100th anniversary in 2023 with four traveling exhibits that highlight the institute’s groundbreaking and impactful work. One of the four is being showcased at Texas Law, hosted inside the Tarlton Law Library. “I am delighted that our school can be a home for this remarkable tribute,” said Dean Bobby Chesney. “Texas […]

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Prof. Erik Encarnacion
Can Law Accommodate Resilience?

When many lawyers think about the first year of law school, they recall coffee-fueled discussions about the theories behind contract consideration and tort law remedies. Texas Law Assistant Professor Erik Encarnacion wants to change the way the profession thinks about these foundational concepts. Encarnacion’s current research includes a series of articles on how resilience can […]

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