UHLC Professor Emeritus James E. Herget, international law scholar, dies at 81   

Dean Leonard M. Baynes and Marie McGowan '91

James E. Herget
Professor Emeritus

April 28, 2016 — University of Houston Law Center Professor Emeritus James E. Herget, who taught at the law school for 25years and served as associate dean, died Wednesday in Kerrville at the age of 81.

Herget joined the faculty in 1973, teaching courses in Constitutional Law and International Comparative Law. He also served as director of the International Law Institute, director of the Mexican Legal Studies Program, and long-time chairman of the promotion and tenure committee.

In 1983-84 he was a visiting professor of law at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, and in 1993-94 he was senior researcher at Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, Germany. Both visits were sponsored by the Fulbright program.

Herget was the author of several books and numerous legal articles. In a review of his book "Contemporary German Legal Philosophy," Donald P. Kommers of the University of Notre Dame wrote: "Herget has scoured the literature of German legal thought, organized that thought into interesting and intelligible categories, and presented each school of thought in an imaginative way. . . . [It] is a body of knowledge fascinating for its content, illuminating for its insight, and relevant to American legal philosophy as well as comparative law."

He retired from the Law Center in 1998 and moved to Kerrville where he was an active member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. He continued writing, venturing outside the legal realm with titles such as, "American Football: How the Game Evolved" and "Women in Magic: The Pioneers."

Herget was born in Pekin, Ill., on Sept. 20, 1934. He earned his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and an S.J.D. degree from the University of Virginia.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Helen; three daughters, Catherine Carter Willard, Margaret Dawson, and Grace Capwell; and two sons, William and Charles.

Memorial services will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 320 St. Peter St., Kerrville, officiated by The Rev. Stockton Williams and Father Tom Murray.

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