May 12, 2020 — James D. Nelson is the first Law Center faculty member to be honored by the University with its award for “Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity.”
“I am delighted to receive this award,” said Nelson, a business law scholar who works at the intersection of corporate and constitutional law. “I am also very grateful to my colleagues at the Law Center for their support and to the university for making the selection.”
“I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations for achieving this great scholarly milestone,” Amr Elnashai, UH vice chancellor/vice president for Research & Technical Transfer, wrote in notifying Nelson of the award. “I understand that the quality of the nominees this year was exceptionally high, and your selection is a testimony of your outstanding accomplishments in research and scholarship.”
“I am very proud of Professor Nelson’s accomplishments,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “He is the first professor whom I hired as dean. He is an immensely talented teacher and scholar with a great deal of future potential. He is part of an incredibly productive and scholarly faculty.”
Prior to joining the Law Center in 2015, Nelson was a postdoctoral fellow in Corporate Governance at Columbia Law School. He also has been a fellow at the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership and research director of the Project on Corporate Political Spending at Harvard Law School. Nelson earned a J.D. in 2009 from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review.
He will receive his award at a dinner tentatively rescheduled for the fall.
In 1993, the late Professor Irene Merker Rosenberg was recognized with a similar honor, the University of Houston Research Excellence Award, for her scholarship in the areas of criminal law and the juvenile justice system.