Helen Hargrave Society
Helen Hargrave (1894-1985) enrolled at the University of Texas in both the Department of Education and the Law School. As a student, she was a member of the editorial board of the Texas Law Review, a member of Kappa Beta Pi, Mortar Board, and Cap and Gown honor societies, and a member of Pi Beta Phi social sorority. Completing the requirements for both degrees in three and a half years, Hargrave graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1926. In 1939, she returned to the University of Texas School of Law as head librarian. Hargrave played a vital role in developing the collection at the law library, and made substantial contributions to the design of Tarlton Law Library when Townes Hall was built in 1953.
For her full biography, visit her page on the Tarlton Law Library website.
Photo courtesy of the Tarlton Law Library.
Professor Sean H. Williams
Professor of Law
Judge Gregg J. Costa, '99
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Judge Costa was born in 1972 in Baltimore, Maryland, but was raised in Richardson, Texas, where he attended Richardson High School. In 1994, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College. After college, Judge Costa joined Teach for America and taught the third and fourth grades at East Sunflower Elementary School in Sunflower, Mississippi. He then earned his J.D. in 1999 from Texas Law, where he was Editor in Chief of the Texas Law Review and graduated with highest honors.
After law school, Judge Costa clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He spent the following year as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General, and then clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court. From 2002 to 2005, Judge Costa was a civil litigation associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Houston, Texas. In 2005, he left private practice and joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. Judge Costa served there as a prosecutor in the Major Offenders and Major Fraud sections until President Obama appointed him to the federal bench in 2012.
Society Student Leaders
Brittany Bratcher ('19)
Brittany is a second-year law student from Waco, Texas. She attended undergrad at The University of Texas at Austin where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration from McCombs School of Business with a focus in marketing and a minor in theater and dance. She is a member of Texas Business Law Society and Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Society, and after graduating from law school, she would like to practice corporate or real estate law. She is eager to serve the students at the law school as a Dean’s Fellow by encouraging them as they navigate their first year of classes. In her free time, Brittany enjoys choreographing dances for children’s dance competitions.
Patrick Vickery ('19)
Pat was born in Dallas, TX, and grew up in Argyle, TX. Pat attended college at TCU, where he played on the baseball team as a freshman and sophomore. He graduated from TCU with a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Economics. After graduating, he worked for a year as a consultant at Capgemini. For work, he had the opportunity to travel all over the U.S. and world, including trips to Mumbai, India; London, England; New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Washington, D.C.; and Grand Rapids, MI. In 2016, after working for a year, Pat enrolled at Texas Law. He spent the summer following his 1L year working in the Houston, TX office of Andrews Kurth Kenyon, LLP. Pat is interested in both litigation and corporate/securities work.
In his free time, Pat enjoys competing in triathlons, golfing, reading, snowboarding, following politics, and spending time with friends. His motivation for becoming a Dean’s Fellow was his desire to build relationships with like-minded people and his desire to help them succeed in their first year at Texas Law.
Kirby Gilbert ('19)
Kirby grew up in Houston, Texas, and she attended Elon University in North Carolina. She graduated college in 2016 with a B.A. in Strategic Communications and a minor in Sport & Event Management. In undergrad, Kirby served as an academic senator for Elon’s Student Government Association and was the recruitment chair for her sorority.
In her first year of law school, Kirby joined the Women’s Law Caucus, the TJOGEL Society, and gave tours to prospective students through the SROC program. Following her first year of law school, she worked at Locke Lord in Houston. She completed projects for a variety of practice areas including litigation, labor and employment, and transactional.
Kirby is excited to be a Society Coordinator because she looks forward to helping law students enjoy their time in law school and foster a supportive community.