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Greetings TMLS Family,

This will be an exciting year for the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society (TMLS) at The University of Texas School of Law. Christened in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice of the same name, TMLS serves as the local chapter of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA). Established in 1970 to address the concerns of UT Law's African and African American community, TMLS contributes nearly 50 members to the largest student-run organization in the nation.

TMLS aims to facilitate the academic achievement, foster the professional development, and increase the employment prospects of members. TMLS promotes mentorship programs and retreats dedicated to networking, exam preparation, and more. We foster the professional development of our members by inviting speakers to our bi-weekly meetings. During meetings, speakers present workshops on topics such as resume writing, conduct minority career panels, and offer their advice on how to succeed in law school.

Our student group is committed to promoting cultural awareness among the student body and fostering positive relationships with other organizations within the law school, in the greater university community and in the greater Austin community. Our members are classroom leaders, top judicial clerks, champion advocates, NBLSA leaders, journal editors and society mentors. We are truly a driving force at UT Law, and our members display excellence and integrity in all that we do.

Last academic year, TMLS co-hosted Diversity Education Weekend 2012 to ease the transition of minority 1Ls into the Law School community. TMLS will continue its tradition of excellence by welcoming the Supreme Court of Texas for our Second Biennial Spring Symposium on February 9, 2012 at the Law School. Finally, we will celebrate another magnificent year of service and development at our 31st Annual Awards Banquet, which will take place on March 30, 2013 at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. We encourage you to get involved in our efforts this year!


Ariel Wiley
President, Thurgood Marshall Legal Society
The University of Texas School of Law

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