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July 23, 2001

3rd UT Grad This Year Accepts Law Teaching Job

For the third time this academic year, a UT law graduate has accepted a tenure-track job in law teaching. Kathleen C. Engel '88 will start as Assistant Professor of Law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University this fall, after serving for two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor.

Also this year, Lonny Hoffman '92 accepted a tenure-track job at the University of Houston Law Center [Law Grad Hired as Professor (1/24/01)] and Keith Rowley '92 accepted a tenure-track post at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas [Another Law Grad Lands Job as Professor (2/9/01)].

Professor Brian Leiter, Advisor for UT Students Interested in Teaching Law, remarked: "Given the tremendous competition for entry-level jobs in law teaching, we are delighted that so many graduates have been succssful this year. They are all richly deserving, and will each make important contributions to the law, lawyering and legal scholarship in the years ahead."

Professor Engel came to Texas for law school after undergraduate work at Smith College in Northampton, Massachussetts and after working for two years with the Women in Prison Legal Project, also in Northampton. At UT, she won the Liddell, Sapp and Zivley award for leadership, scholarship, character, and service, as well as honors in two separate moot court competitions. She was also the founder of Texas Law Fellowships (an organization dedicated to generating funds for students seeking public interest law jobs during the summers) and a member of the American Journal of Criminal Law.

She graduated cum laude from UT, and then clerked for the late Hon. Homer Thornberry of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She then practiced law for eight years with Burnham & Hines in Boston, a premier civil rights and employment law firm. She served as an adjunct professor at both Northeastern and Case Western Reserve, before joining the Cleveland State faculty.

Her teaching and research has been in the areas of civil rights, civil procedure, and employment discrimination. She is the author of "Moving Up the Residential Hierarchy: A New Remedy for an Old Injury Arising from Housing Discrimination," 77 Washington University Law Quaterly 1153 (1999).