Dean's Note

In just about all my meetings with Law Center alumni, they rave about the quality of their professors and their skills in the classroom. For example, Star Jones '86, the Class of 2018 Commencement Speaker, has said on multiple occasions that Newell Blakely prepared her for the rigors of practice and her subsequent media career.

During the past four years, the Law Center has hired sixteen outstanding new faculty in the areas of environmental law, energy law, corporate law, property law, intellectual property, professional responsibility, national security law, legal writing, and clinical legal education. These new hires have excellent academic credentials and practice experience; some have already had their legal scholarship cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, state supreme courts, or world-renown legal scholars or their scholarship has been recognized with awards in their field of study.

The Law Center faculty are excellent teachers. For instance, Meredith Duncan, the George Butler Research Professor, was recognized as one of only 26 law professors studied nationwide in the recent Harvard University Press book What the Best Law Teachers Do. Each year, several of the Law Center faculty receive university-wide recognition for their skills in the classroom and have been recognized as excellent teachers by UHLC law students.

The Law Center faculty are outstanding scholars. Twenty-one members of the Law Center faculty are members of the American Law Institute comprised of the most distinguished judges, lawyers and law professors. The scholarly productivity of the faculty has increased from 83 published books, book chapters, and law review articles in the 2015-2016 academic year to 150 in 2017-2018. This was the highest level of faculty productivity since 2013. They have published the leading casebooks and treatises on a wide variety of subjects. Further, nine faculty members have recently published (sometimes multiple times) in some of the most prestigious law reviews, e.g., Boston University, Columbia, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Stanford, Indiana, Fordham, Notre Dame, William & Mary, Minnesota, and Yale.

The Law Center faculty are fully engaged in the public debate of legal issues. They give talks and presentations around the world. During the 2016-2017 academic year, they appeared in the media approximately 5,020 times. Once a week, the expertise of a faculty member is further highlighted to the greater Houston community on Briefcase Radio, during one-minute, award-winning segments broadcasted on Houston Public Media- KUHF.

The Law Center remains committed to hiring the best and brightest faculty continuing the tradition of providing students with superior teaching while serving the greater legal community with outstanding legal scholarship and analysis of complex legal issues.

Leonard M. Baynes
Dean & Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center

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