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UHLC News: Olivas one of four Dean candidates for University of New Mexico Law School

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Just before Christmas the Provost of the University of New Mexico announced four finalists for the Dean of the UNM School of Law, including the University of Houston’s own Michael Olivas. In addition to national recognition as an expert in higher education law, Olivas is perhaps best known for the work done on “Colored Men” and “Hombres Aqui” Hernandez V. Texas and the Emergence of Mexican-American Lawyering. It would certainly be a loss for the Law Center at the University of Houston, but it’s hard to imagine a better Dean for the University of New Mexico.

Michael A. Olivas is the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law and director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at the University of Houston Law Center. Olivas earned his J.D. from Georgetown University in 1981. He has served as associate dean for research, and associate dean for students at the University of Houston Law Center. He teaches on education law, professional responsibility, immigration law, legislation, and administrative law. In the 1990s, he served as general counsel to the Association of American University Professors. Olivas is a board member and trustee of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

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