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Dec. 12, 2001

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Allegra Young
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Chair established to honor Frederick M. Baron, '71

Will fund original research about lawyering and civil justice

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas School of Law announced today the completion of The Frederick M. Baron Chair in Lawyering and Civil Justice. A Chair in Law requires an endowment of at least $1 million, and is the highest honor the Law School can bestow on a member of its faculty.

The Baron Chair, endowed by the friends and colleagues of Fred Baron, '71, recognizes Mr. Baron’s many accomplishments, his professionalism, and his commitment to maintaining and improving our civil justice system. The Baron Chair will be held by a senior member of the law faculty engaged in original research about lawyering and civil justice systems.

"I am truly humbled by this great honor. I can think of no more important goal than helping The University of Texas School of Law fulfill its critical mission of assuring the quality of future generations of lawyers in America," Fred Baron said.

"An endowed chair is one of the Law School’s most precious assets. Not only because of its cost, which is considerable, but also because it is the highest honor the School can bestow on a faculty member. The names of our chairs read like a Who’s Who of giants in the legal profession, and it is altogether fitting that Fred Baron’s name is listed among these men and women who have committed themselves to the good of the profession and to the good of our society. Fred has fought for justice throughout his entire career. We are proud to have a chair named in his honor," said Dean Bill Powers at a dinner honoring Fred Baron, held at the Law School.

Mr. Baron is a partner in the Dallas-based law firm of Baron & Budd, where he specializes in toxic and mass tort litigation. He is a member of the American Law Institute, a past president of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, and a Fellowship Member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Baron is also Founder and Past President of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and Vice Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Toxic & Hazardous Substances and Environmental Law Subcommittee. An active member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Mr. Baron served as ATLA President in 2000-2001. He is a Life Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation, and a Trustee of the Civil Justice Foundation. Mr. Baron maintains close ties to the Law School, serving as a Director of the Texas Law Review Foundation.