Unversity of Houston Law Center
A note from UH Law Center Dean Ray Nimmer
Dean Ray Nimmer

The excellence of the University of Houston Law Center encompasses both its students and its faculty so it doesn’t surprise me when others take notice of two of our own on a national level.

President Obama has appointed University of Houston Law Center alumnus Dr. Philip Zelikow to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, an independent panel that assesses the nation’s intelligence capabilities for the president.  A 1981 graduate of the Law Center, Zelikow has a long and distinguished career in private practice, public service and academia. He previously served as Executive Director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the “9/11 Commission”) and has been a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. 

Zelikow is the Associate Dean for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia. I am also pleased to announce that Philip will be back with us this fall as the featured speaker at the 16th Annual Frankel Lecture on November 4th. His topic will be “Codes of Conduct for a Twilight War.”

In faculty news, our colleague, Associate Professor Marcilynn Burke has been named acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior. She is currently on leave from UH Law Center and most recently was Deputy Director for Policy of the Bureau of Land Management.

In announcing her appointment, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said, “Marcilynn’s broad experience with the Bureau of Land Management and as an expert in natural resource matters will greatly benefit Interior’s energy and conservation priorities. She is an outstanding choice to ensure Interior’s programs address the challenges of managing our public lands and resources in the 21st century.”

I have known and worked with Marcilynn since 2002 when she came to the Law Center and wholeheartedly agree that she is an excellent choice. While we will miss her expertise and presence until she returns, her work with the Department of the Interior is of great importance.

In her new position, Marcilynn will help establish Interior policies and provide oversight to the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. She will also oversee management of public lands and resources, including production of federal energy and mineral resources, both onshore and on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Please join me in congratulating Philip and Marcilynn and celebrate their taking UH excellence to the next level.


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