The Center for Consumer Law is the oldest and most successful program of its kind in the nation. Its mission is simple: to advance the rights of consumers and to help ensure a safe and efficient marketplace. Originally designated as the Consumer Law Project, the Center was established in 1982 by Director Richard M. Alderman, Interim Dean and Dwight Olds Chair in Law. Recognized as a worldwide leader in the fields of consumer law and public education and assistance, the Center educates laypeople about consumer law, helps to resolve disputes through the Texas Consumer Complaint Center and Consumer Law Clinic, and presents conferences and seminars for lawyers and law professors who deal with consumer problems. The Center for Consumer Law also publishes the Journal of Consumer and Commercial Law, for attorneys, and the Consumer News Alert, distributed free to consumers.