A note from UH Law Center Dean Ray Nimmer
Vol. 5 No. 1

Dean Ray Nimmer
It’s always good to start the new year with energy. From our campus headquarters in Houston, the acknowledged world leader in energy, I am pleased to report a significant move that augments our successful Center for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law and our EENR-related J.D. and LL.M. course offerings.

The Law Center is welcoming Tracy Hester as the director of our EENR Center. Tracy previously headed the environmental law section in the Houston office of Bracewell & Giuliani, where he built a national reputation for his innovative application of environmental laws to emerging technologies such as wind and other renewable power sources. According to editors who have cited Tracy as one of the Best Lawyers in America and a Texas Super Lawyer (he has made these lists for a number of years), he has “great problem-solving skills” and can “think through really difficult problems and is highly creative.” Chambers USA cites him among the top environmental lawyers in Texas and commends him as a “bright, solution-oriented attorney.” These and other attributes will serve him well as we continue building the EENR Center as a highly respected and influential academic think-tank and policy center that can make far-reaching impacts on energy law and policy and on the practice of law in this sector.

Working with Tracy are three of the most respected professors in their respective fields. Co-directors Jacqueline L. Weaver, Brigham Daniels and Darren Bush have established a strong foundation for our EENR Center, helped by a fourth member of our faculty – Marcilynn Burke – who is currently on leave to serve as deputy director of policy and programs for the Bureau of Land Management in Washington, D.C. Joining us for the spring semester is Visiting Professor Tony Arnold, the Boehl Chair in Property & Land Use at the University of Louisville, where he chairs the Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility and teaches in both the Brandeis School of Law and the School of Urban & Public Affairs. In addition to his teaching duties, Tony will oversee our major symposium on Climate Change, Water and Adaptive Law hosted by the Law Center’s Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal.

Our programs in environment, energy and natural resources law already hold national and international reputations for excellence – and there is no limit to what we can achieve in the years ahead.

This represents an exciting start to 2010. Here’s to an energetic new year, for EENR Center, for the Law Center, and for all of us.


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