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May 17, 2004

Press Contact: Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 471-7330

Professor Robert Hamilton Retires from Teaching after 40 Years at UT

Distinguished corporate scholar, teacher, University Co-op chairman to continue his scholarly work

AUSTIN, Texas — Professor Robert Hamilton announced his retirement from teaching today, after forty years of service to The University of Texas at Austin. Hamilton, who holds the Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law, joined the faculty in 1964 and will complete his final teaching duties at the end of this grading period.

"I have found teaching at the University of Texas to be extremely rewarding, both in terms of faculty relationships and relations with practicing lawyers. I have particularly enjoyed the opportunity of meeting now middle-aged alumni who took my courses in Contracts, Business Associations, and Securities Regulation many years ago. These alumni often describe how helpful they found my lectures of 30 or so years ago to have been in their early legal practice. That definitely does make the years of teaching at the University of Texas School of Law worth while," said Hamilton in a statement he released today. The full text of the statement can be found here.

"Bob has been a terrific teacher and scholar. He will be greatly missed in the classroom, but we will still enjoy working with him on his continuing and substantial scholarly contributions," said Dean Bill Powers.

Professor Hamilton clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (and Texas alum from 1922) Tom C. Clark, and practiced in Washington, D.C. before joining the Texas faculty in 1964. Author of the leading casebook on Corporations (West, 6th ed., 1998), Professor Hamilton has authored many other well-known articles and texts, including Business Organizations (Aspen, 1996), and Business Basics for Law Students (Aspen, 1998) (co-author). From 1980-1985, he was the Reporter for the Model Business Corporation Act Revision Project. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, "Godfrey Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law" at the University of Maine Law School in 1992 and 2003 and is a member of the American Law Institute.

Hamilton also served as the chairman of the University Co-op's board of directors for nine years, during which the Co-op saw substantial growth. The Robert H. Hamilton awards, made to those faculty or staff members who have in the preceding academic year published the best book-length publications as determined by a committee of scholars appointed by the vice president and dean of graduate studies of UT Austin, was named to honor him for his contributions to UT-Austin and to the Co-op.

"There was a reason why Bob's student evaluations were always so high. He spent hours preparing for each class no matter how many times he had taught the materials. That dedication is a lesson for all of us," said Scot Powe, who won the 2001 Robert Hamilton Book Award grand prize for his book The Warren Court and American Politics.

Related Links:
Robert Hamilton: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/rhamilton/
Dagmar Hamilton: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/dhamilton/
Retirement statement: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/051704_retirement.html