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Belinda Johnson ’91 Named First COO of Airbnb

Double-Longhorn Belinda Johnson — BA '88 and JD '91 — was announced today as the first-ever Chief Operating Officer of Airbnb, the global start-up superstar currently valued at $31B.

In Memoriam: Prof. Robert W. Hamilton

Texas Law Emeritus Professor Robert W. Hamilton passed away on January 12. Retired since 2004, Prof. Hamilton had taught at the law school for forty years and held the Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law.

Vladeck takes the ball in a big game

Most appellate advocates work their way up the courts. Prof. Stephen I. Vladeck is doing it differently. He will deliver the first oral argument of his career on January 16—in the United States Supreme Court.

Prof. John Robertson Remembered

Members of the law school community, along with family, friends, and former colleagues, gathered in the Eidman Courtroom on the afternoon of Friday, November 17, to remember Prof. John A. Robertson, who passed away last summer after a brief illness. Robertson was a beloved member of our faculty for over thirty-five years.

Budd Innocence Center Launches

The University of Texas School of Law is opening the Budd Innocence Center to educate law students and improve the criminal justice system by enabling students and faculty to help Texas prisoners seek exoneration for crimes they did not commit.

Laurin: “Confronting the New Normal of Mass Error in Criminal Justice”

Texas Law Prof. Jennifer E. Laurin, an expert in the shared roles of courts, police, and lawyers in regulating forensic science, is now a regular contributor the new online platform of the Fair Punishment Project, In Justice Today. Her new article focuses on a major scandal in the Massachusetts state crime lab.

Steiker Wins Hamilton Book Award Grand Prize

Prof. Jordan Steiker, holder of the Judge Robert M Parker Endowed Chair in Law and the co-director of the School of Law's Capital Punishment Center, has been awarded the Hamilton Book Award, the highest honor for literary achievement given by the university to UT Austin authors.

Forbath: A New Type of Labor Law for a New Type of Lawyer

This Labor Day, Prof. Willy Forbath and Temple Law School Prof. Brishen Rogers co-authored an opinion piece for The New York Times suggesting profound changes to labor law in the interest of serving a new generation of labor.

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