Events Rule Supreme at The University of Texas School of Law


The University of Texas School of Law and the Tarlton Law Library will host an author’s reading and book signing featuring Mimi Clark Gronlund, daughter of United States Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark, ’22. It will be held in the Law School’s Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111) at 3:30 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 28. The event is free and open to the public.

“Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark,” (University of Texas Press) is the first biography of this important American jurist whose landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education overturned racial segregation in schools and other public facilities. Combining personal memories with historical events, the author expresses affection and admiration for her father without avoiding any controversy or criticism he faced during his lifetime.

Conference on judicial biography and the Supreme Court in honor of Roy M. Mersky

A conference on judicial biography and the Supreme Court will be held in memory of Roy M. Mersky, the longtime director of the Tarlton Law Library and Jamail Center for Legal Research and Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law, who died in May 2008.

Professor Roy Mersky

Professor Roy Mersky

Speakers include Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. scholar G. Edward White and Benjamin N. Cardozo biographer Andrew L. Kaufman. University of Texas History professors H.W. Brands and David Oshinsky will moderate.

UT Law professors Sanford Levinson and Lucas A. (Scot) Powe Jr., also a panelist, originally organized the conference as a tribute, not as a memorial, to Mersky. His interest in judicial biography and particularly in the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States was longstanding.

Levinson and Powe recalled that when they approached Mersky in March 2008 (a few weeks before his death) to propose the idea, Mersky’s first comment was “I’m not retiring.” Mersky was delighted at the idea of the symposium, but made it clear to his two colleagues that he had no intention of retiring or otherwise leaving the institution he loved. Levinson said he and Powe assured him that the symposium would only serve as “a marker of his continuous service.” Unfortunately, Mersky died a few weeks later at the age of eighty-two.

The conference will begin at 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 29 in the Law School’s Eidman Courtroom. It is free and open to the public.