Sturley Delivers Berlingieri Lecture
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by Wendy Schneider
3d ago
Days after Texas Law’s 2024 Sunflower Ceremony, Professor Michael Sturley travelled from Austin to Gothenburg, Sweden, to address a gathering of the Comité Maritime International, a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting the uniformity of maritime laws and their development across the globe. There, Sturley delivered the prestigious Berlingieri Lecture, as part of the CMI’s annual meetings. The CMI was established in 1897 and comprises the national maritime law associations of over 50 countries. With his May 23 address, Sturley became the first U.S. speaker and first full-time ac ..read more
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Honoring Texas Law Student Dads on Father’s Day
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by Dale Whitaker
6d ago
Being in law school is demanding on its own, but students who also juggle the role of parenthood are a special breed. In honor of Father’s Day, we salute Texas Law students—along with dads everywhere—for their dedication to their families. Meet a rising 3L and two recent Texas Law graduates and learn how they have been inspired to seek their law degrees and are motivated by their children: 3L Ochbayar Enkhbat, David Hutchison ’24, and Dakota Priest ’24. Priest expresses appreciation for the support Texas Law provides to students who are also parents. “Every professor, student, and administrato ..read more
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Justice Center Announces Postgraduate Fellows 
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by Tenley Jackson
1w ago
Class of 2024 Postgraduate Fellows (from left): Emily Gustafson, Katherine Himaya Lewis, Megan Day Texas Law has awarded the G. Rollie White Trust, Julius Glickman, and Mike Myers postgraduate public interest fellowships to three members of the class of 2024. Also, two graduating students will receive Texas Law Postgraduate Public Interest Fellowships. Each fellow will receive funding through the Law School to support her first year of employment at a nonprofit organization.  “We are proud to support these graduates as they embark on their careers in public service. And we look forward to witn ..read more
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Spotlight on the Career Services Office
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by Elizabeth Tomoloju
2w ago
When he was an undergraduate government major at The University of Texas at Austin, Rylan Maksoud ’24 was fascinated with all things law and policy. He enjoyed reading court decisions and statutes and participated in campus activities such as serving as a student representative on the Parking and Traffic Appeals Panel. He was a founding member of student-run political publication The Texas Orator, penning articles on law-adjacent topics like “Defending Title IX’s Burden of Proof.” He applied to Texas Law early decision.  Denyse Demel ’06, senior associate director That’s where the school ..read more
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Graduates Receive Prestigious Public Service Fellowships
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by Tenley Jackson
3w ago
Five Texas Law graduates from the Class of 2024 and one alumna from the Class of 2023 have earned coveted postgraduate fellowships to support their projects with state and national public interest organizations where they will help individuals who otherwise might not have access to legal representation or the justice system. These fellowships allow graduates to perform project-specific work with a host organization for either a one- or two-year term.   These prestigious postgraduate fellowships are extremely competitive, and they honor our students’ hard work through law school and ..read more
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From the Tonight Show to Texas Law Review
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by Chris Roberts
3w ago
Sydney Jean Gottfried applied for Texas Law while working in late night TV in New York City, and she’s brought her background and talents to Austin.  Gottfried grew up in Richmond, Virginia, earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University, and then stayed in Washington, D.C. to work for NBC News. In that role, she wrote scripts based on NBC News reporting for iHeartRadio stations nationwide.  Sydney Jean Gottfried ’25, photographed by Callie Richmond. She then moved to New York City, where she was a monologue writers’ assistant and an associate producer for “The T ..read more
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A Serendipitous Connection
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by Tenley Jackson
3w ago
On Nov. 4, 2023, Texas Law’s South Lawn was filled with live music, burnt orange balloons, and the smell of barbecue for the 25th annual Texas Law Tailgate Extravaganza. As The University of Texas at Austin’s football team prepared to take on Kansas State, law school alumni, professors, and staff enjoyed an afternoon of festivities and catching up with old friends. Amidst the activities, Omar Ochoa ’11 and his wife Leah Wise were embarking on a crucial mission: to find a cup of coffee. Both successful attorneys from the Rio Grande Valley, Ochoa—who also holds bachelor’s degrees in economics an ..read more
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Alumni Voices: Elizabeth Noël Harwerth
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by Elizabeth Tomoloju
1M ago
King Charles III honored alumna Elizabeth Noël Harwerth ’71 last year with the Order of the British Empire for her outstanding services to international trade. The native Texan and daughter of a Laredo rancher is one of few people with dual U.S. and British citizenship to receive an O.B.E., an award for great impact in a person’s line of work. Harwerth has lived in the U.K for 27 years and been a dual citizen for 23. Her recent role as chair of U.K. Export Finance, a senior position in the British government, is also rare for a dual citizen. Harwerth stepped down from the position in April af ..read more
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Justice Center: 20 Years of Impact 
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by Chris Roberts
1M ago
Eden Harrington, Nicole Simmons, and Mary Crouter standing by the portrait of Judge William Wayne Justice A staff attorney with The Bronx Defenders’ criminal defense practice in New York City, Marissa Balonon-Rosen ’19 credits her time at the law school’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law in part to her landing a job in the public sector. “The Justice Center was extremely influential in putting me on my career path,” says Balonon-Rosen. “The supportive faculty and practitioners who brought in inspiring speakers, its events, and the connections the center forged with oth ..read more
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Clinic Defends Religious Liberty
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by Chris Roberts
1M ago
The Fall 2023 Law & Religion Clinic. A man is handcuffed and arrested in downtown Houston’s Discovery Green public park. Moments earlier, inspired by his religious beliefs, he was protesting animal mistreatment in industrial farming. That man, Daraius Dubash, is an animal rights advocate whose case, Dubash v. City of Houston, was taken on by the Law and Religion Clinic at Texas Law. As Dubash explains in a video, he volunteers with Allied Scholars for Animal Protection, founded by his co-plaintiff, Dr. Faraz Harsini. “Dubash’s Vedanta religious beliefs require him to seek to protect those ..read more
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