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December 1, 2004

Press Contact: Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, 512-471-7330

Professor John Dzienkowski Receives Texas Exes Faculty Teaching Award

Professional responsibility, real property, and international energy transactions professor honored for excellence in teaching

Photo of Jeff Snyder and Professor John Dzienkowski
SBA President Jeff Snyder congratulates Prof.
Dzienkowski during Dzienkowski's Professional
Responsibility class on Monday, Nov. 29.

AUSTIN, Texas — The student selection committee for the Texas Exes’ Faculty Teaching Award has selected Professor John Dzienkowski, a law professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, to be the recipient of the 2004-05 award. Dzienkowski, who is in his sixteenth year of teaching at the Law School, received his J.D. from UT Law in 1983.

Each year the Texas Exes honor a professor from each college and school with the Texas Excellence Teaching Award. It is especially rewarding for the recipients because students are allowed to nominate and choose the best professors on campus. At the Law School, a Student Bar Association committee selected Dzienkowski for being an outstanding mentor to students, both inside and outside the classroom.

“Professor Dzienkowski is not only an exemplary teacher who focuses on providing a useful and practical perspective in the classroom, but is also well-known for his commitment outside of the classroom to the success of his students,” said Jeffrey Snyder, president of the Student Bar Association. “He is a charter faculty advisor in the first-year society program, takes a genuine interest in the careers of students, provides candid advice, and is responsive to student requests as indicated recently by his decision to teach a specialty course next semester simply because students requested the offering,” Snyder said.

“I want to congratulate John Dzienkowski for being selected for the Texas Exes Teaching Award this year. This is a real honor, and very well deserved,” said Bill Powers, Dean of UT Law.

“I love my job at UT Law School. I am honored to receive this award, especially at an institution known for teaching excellence,” said Professor Dzienkowski. “The students at our law school are one of our strengths; they are bright and very enthusiastic about receiving a high quality legal education. It has been a real challenge to make professional responsibility and real property come alive in the classroom, and I thank my many mentors and colleagues for their help. This is an exciting time to be a member of this faculty during a time when we are attracting some of this country's most talented academics under Bill Powers' direction,” Dzienkowski said.

Dzienkowski, who holds the John S. Redditt Professor in State & Local Government Law, teaches and writes in the areas of professional responsibility of lawyers, real property, international energy transactions, and oil and gas taxation. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a high honors graduate of The University of Texas School of Law. While in law school, Dzienkowski served as the editor-in-chief of the Texas Law Review and he was a member of the UT Chancellors and the Order of the Coif.

He served as a judicial law clerk for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Sneed in 1983-84 and for District of Massachusetts Judge Robert Keeton in 1984-85. Dzienkowski began his teaching career at Tulane Law School in New Orleans and he joined the faculty of UT Law in 1988. He has been a visiting professor of law at George Washington University, Cornell, University of Florida, and University of Alabama.

Dzienkowski is a two-term member of the drafting committee of the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. In the area of professional responsibility of lawyers, John has authored leading articles on topics relating to conflicts of interest in lawyering: Positional Conflicts of Interest (71 Texas L. Rev. 457), Lawyers as Intermediaries (1992 Ill. L. Rev. 741), Multidisciplinary Practice of Law (69 Fordham L. Rev. 83) (with Bob Peroni), and Lawyer Equity Investments in Clients (81 Texas L. Rev. 405) (with Bob Peroni). He is the editor of the leading statutory supplement on Professional Responsibility: Standards, Rules, and Statutes and a co-author of a casebook on Professional Responsibility of Lawyers (1988 and 2002)(with John Sutton). In the area of natural resources, John is a founding co-author of the first commercially produced casebooks on Natural Resources Taxation (1988) and International Petroleum Transactions (1993 and 2000). He is also the co-chair of a bi-annual UT Program on Oil and Gas Taxation co-sponsored with the Internal Revenue Service.

Dzienkowski will receive the Texas-Exes Teaching Award at a formal reception on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Connally Ballroom at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center.

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About Professor Dzienkowski:
2003-04 Recipient of the Texas Exes Faculty Teaching Award, Ernest Young:
2002-03 Recipient of the Texas Exes Faculty Teaching Award, Thomas Crandall: