Aug. 26, 2014 – University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas is the winner of the 2014 Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law for his book Suing Alma Mater: Higher Education and the Courts.
The Education Law Association annually presents the award “in recognition of an outstanding article, book, book chapter, or other form of scholarly legal writing in the field of education law.”
In his 15th book, Olivas examines more than 120 higher education cases that made their way to the U.S. Supreme Court during the past 50 years, and delves deeper into six that didn't make it that far, to see what sort of legal patterns emerge. In Suing Alma Mater, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, he tracks the key issues and processes involved as well as the "purposive" organizations that supported much of the litigation.
Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law and director of the Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance at the Law Center, joins an elite group of past awardees, including Goodwin Liu (Berkeley, now California Supreme Court judge), Martha Minow (Harvard), and Eloise Pasachoff (Georgetown).