April 28, 2016 -University of Houston Law Center Professor Emeritus Richard M. Alderman was honored recently by his alma mater, Syracuse University College of Law, for his outstanding service to the legal profession.
Alderman, who retired from the classroom in 2014, was honored with the annual Syracuse Law Review Alumni Achievement Award. He graduated first in his class in 1972.
"I received an excellent legal education at Syracuse, from some great law professors," Alderman said. "Without their mentoring, I would not have had the opportunity to spend 41 years teaching at the Law Center."
At the Law Center, Alderman served most recently as interim dean and associate dean. He also taught consumer law, contracts, sales, sports law, and other courses. He remains director of the Center for Consumer Law and annually hosts the popular "People's Law School," which has provided free legal information to more than 55,000 people over the years. As the "People's Lawyer," he offered legal advice on television and in a syndicated newspaper column, "Know Your Rights."
A prolific author, Alderman has written more than 20 books and numerous articles, primarily on consumer law and related subjects. He has received a number of awards, including the University of Houston's Teaching Excellence Award and was recognized twice with the highest honor given by the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas for his work in educating the public about the law.
Alderman earned his B.A. from Tulane University in 1968. After graduating from Syracuse with his J.D., he practiced poverty law in a legal services office for about one year. He earned a Master's of Law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1973 before joining the Law Center faculty.