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May 28, 2004

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

Four Law Professors Honored with Chair Appointments

AUSTIN, Texas — Dean Bill Powers announced today that four professors have been honored with chair appointments. They are Mark Gergen, who will hold the Fondren Foundation Centennial Chair for Faculty, Steven Goode, appointed to hold the G. Rollie White Teaching Excellence Chair in Law, Ronald Mann, promoted to the Ben H. and Kitty King Powell Chair in Business and Commercial Law, and Charles Silver who will hold the Roy W. and Eugenia C. McDonald Endowed Chair in Civil Procedure. This week the University of Texas at Austin approved these appointments.

"These four scholars and teachers have rightfully earned their new appointments. Their contributions to the Law School cannot be overestimated and we are deeply grateful for their continuing commitment to the University of Texas at Austin," said Dean Bill Powers.

About the professors:

Mark Gergen

Professor Gergen joined the faculty in 1986. He teaches and writes on the entire spectrum of the law of obligations – contracts, torts, and restitution – as well as advanced issues in federal income tax including partnership tax, financial products, and tax abuse. Before coming to Texas he was an Associate at Arnold & Porter, a clerk for the Honorable Harrison L. Winter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a graduate of University of Chicago School of Law, and a graduate of Yale College. Recent articles include: "The Logic of Deterrence: Corporate Tax Shelters" (Tax Law Review, 2002), "Restitution as a Bridge Over Troubled Contractual Waters" (Fordham Law Review, 2002), "What Renders Enrichment Unjust?" (Texas Law Review, 2001), and "The Jury's Role in Deciding Normative Issues in the American Common Law" (Fordham Law Review, 1999). He is on the Board of Directors of the University of Texas Coop. He is a member of the American Law Institute and has served as a consultant on the Restatement of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment and as an advisor on the project on the Taxation of Pass-Through Entities. He has visited at University College London.

Steven Goode

Steven Goode has been a member of the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law since 1977. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1975, he worked as a staff attorney at the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. before coming to Texas.

Professor Goode teaches Evidence, Criminal Law, and Professional Responsibility. In 1998, he was elected to membership in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers of the University of Texas. He is the author of several books on the law of evidence, and served as a reporter to the committees that drafted the Texas rules of evidence. He lectures extensively on evidence throughout the state, and teaches frequently at the College of Advanced Judicial Studies of the Texas Center for the Judiciary.

Ronald J. Mann

Ronald J. Mann received his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated first in his class and was managing editor of the Texas Law Review. After law school he clerked for Judge Joseph T. Sneed on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Lewis F. Powell of the U.S. Supreme Court and was an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. He is an accomplished appellate advocate, who has argued nine cases in the United States Supreme Court. His current research focuses on software development, credit cards, and on policies for payment systems used in electronic commerce. He has published textbooks, on Electronic Commerce (with Jane Winn) and on Payment Systems. He teaches various courses related to commercial transactions, intellectual property, and electronic commerce. He is the co-director of the Law School's Center for Business, Law, and Economics. He is a member of the American Law Institute and currently serves as the reporter for amendments to Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Before joining the University of Texas School of Law he taught at the University of Michigan Law School and Washington University School of Law.

Charles Silver

Professor Silver writes and teaches about civil procedure, professional responsibility and, increasingly, health care law and policy. His recent works include "The Poor State of Health Care Quality in the U.S.: Is Malpractice Liability Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?", Cornell Law Review (forthcoming 2004); "We're Scared To Death: Class Certification and Blackmail", 78 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1357 (2003), "When Should Government Regulate Lawyer-Client Relationships? The Campaign to Prevent Insurers from Managing Defense Costs", 44 Ariz. L. Rev. 787 (2002); "Does Civil Justice Cost Too Much?", 80 Tex. L. Rev. 2073 (2002); and "What's Not To Like About Being A Lawyer?", 109 Yale L. J. 1443 (2000). He is currently an Associate Reporter on the American Law Institute's Project on Aggregate Litigation and a member of the ABA/TIPS Task Force on the Contingent Fee. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan Law School and the Vanderbilt University Law School. In 1997, he received the Texas Excellence in Teaching Award, of which he is especially proud.

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