A Note from UH Law Center Dean Ray Nimmer  Vol. 1, No. 3

In between dean duties, I remain active in my specialty area of intellectual property law.  I’ve just returned from a quick trip to China, where I was the first foreign law expert to testify before this particular court – a court that is reviewing one of the country’s first antitrust and unfair competition issues (a lawsuit against a major U.S. corporation).  The trip underscores the importance of an international perspective in our curriculum.  Regardless of which type of law our students will eventually practice, it is clear to me that all of them need to be prepared for legal and business realities that extend far beyond U.S. borders. I plan to work to identify ways that we can improve how we address aspects of international law in our classrooms.

We will be starting Fall classes with a new associate dean for academic affairs.  Richard Alderman has built a nationwide reputation as “the People’s Lawyer,” and he brings a perfect skillset to his new position.  Richard takes over from Victor Flatt, who did an outstanding job under difficult circumstances – and is now smiling about the chance to fully devote himself to his teaching and research.  FYI, Richard served as associate dean for academic affairs during my previous deanship, and I am very much looking forward to continuing our collaboration.

I want to close by calling special attention to one of our alumni: Charles W. Matthews, Vice President and General Counsel of ExxonMobil.  Charles will be honored in November by the Texas Appleseed organization for promoting pro bono legal services on behalf of people who need it most.  Amid the challenges of running the legal affairs of one of the world’s largest public companies, Charles finds the time not only to promote pro bono work by corporate counsel, but also to serve as President of our Law Foundation.  I can’t think of a better role model for all of us, and I will applaud very loudly at the Texas Appleseed dinner in Austin on November 9.  I know I won’t be the only one doing so …


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