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March 2, 2005

Press Contacts: Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 917-9159, and Texas Bar Foundation Executive Director Anne Yeakel, 1-800-204-2222 x 2139.

Professor Linda S. Mullenix Named Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation

Honored for outstanding legal ability and her devotion to the advancement of the legal profession

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas School of Law congratulates Professor Linda S. Mullenix on the recent honor of her being named a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fewer than 1/3 of 1% of State Bar members are granted admission to this elite group.

According to the Texas Bar Foundation, Fellows represent those members of the State Bar of Texas whose professional, public, and private careers have demonstrated their outstanding legal ability and their devotion to the welfare of the community, state, and nation, as well as to the advancement of the legal profession.

The Texas Bar Foundation notes that Fellows are attorneys of varied ages, backgrounds and practice areas. Fellows serve on both sides of the docket — and on the bench. Membership is broad and inclusive, but there is a clear agreement on the importance of professional integrity and on promoting the cause of justice in Texas.

"Linda's a fantastic lawyer and professor, and we're very happy that the Texas Bar Foundation has honored her lifetime of service to the profession. Her work in mass tort, complex, and class action litigation position her at the top of her field. We enthusiastically congratulate her on her most recent honor, " said UT Law Dean Bill Powers.

Professor Mullenix stated, "I am very pleased and privileged to be a member of the Texas State Bar, and to have had the opportunity to work with Texas attorneys on both sides of the docket, provide continuing legal education, and work with judicial committees. I am very honored to join the Texas Bar Foundation because of the Foundation's outstanding commitment to supporting and assisting needed legal services in this state."

About Professor Mullenix:

Linda S. Mullenix holds the Rita and Morris Atlas Chair in Advocacy at The University of Texas School of Law. She is the author of nine books including State Class Action Practice and Procedure (CCH 2000), Understanding Federal Courts (Matthew Bender 1998), Mass Tort Litigation (West Group 1996), Federal Courts in the Twenty-First Century (Lexis-Matthew Bender 1996), and Moore's Federal Practice (2d and 3d eds.). She is a contributing editor and writer for Preview of Supreme Court Cases and a regular columnist on complex litigation for the National Law Journal. Professor Mullenix is a member of the American Law Institute, Associate Reporter for the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers, a consultative member of the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Complex Litigation Project. She has written hundreds of articles published in Cornell Law Review, Georgetown University Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Stanford Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Texas Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review.

Professor Mullenix teaches federal civil procedure, mass tort litigation, current issues in class action litigation, class action litigation in a global context, and state class action procedure. She has been a college and law professor since 1974, and has taught complex litigation, federal courts, conflicts, professional responsibility, and civil justice reform. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the City College of New York and holds masters and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. She received her law degree from Georgetown and practiced in Washington, D.C. During 1989-90 she was a Judicial Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center. Professor Mullenix has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Michigan, and Southern Methodist law schools, the Reuschlein Distinguished Visiting Chair at Villanova law school, and the Katherine Ryan Distinguished Professor at St. Mary's Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria. In 2002 she was a scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy. She served as Reporter for an ABA Task Force on Class Actions (1995-97), Reporter for the Southern District of Texas, 1990 Civil Justice Reform Act, Reporter for the National Conference of Federal-State Judicial Relationships (1992), Advisor, Texas Class Action Rules Subcommittee (1998), and Advisor, National Center for State Courts, Study on Civil Discovery (1990-92). Professor Mullenix is an elected member of the International Association of Procedural Law.

Professor Mullenix has worked on numerous complex cases, including Cimino v. Raymark, Georgine v. Amchem, Ahearn v. Fibreboard, In the Matter of Rhone-Poulenc, Castano v. American Tobacco Co., Bolin v. Sears Roebuck, and Ford Motor Company v. Sheldon, Wagner & Brown v. Horwood, as well as breast implant, pacemaker lead, fen-phen, medical monitoring, employment discrimination, securities, insurance, oil and gas, and consumer class actions. She participated in the Symposium on Cutting Edge Issues in Class Action Litigation, The Legal Forum, University of Chicago (2002); Class Action Conference, Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (2001); the Gulf States Class Action Symposium (2000), the University of Pennsylvania Symposium: Mass Torts (1999), the ABA Class Action Institute (1999, 2000), the Mass Tort Working Group, Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (1999-98); the Special Study Conference on Federal Rules Governing Attorney Conduct, Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (1996-2001); the Research Conference on Class Actions, Institute for Judicial Administration and N.Y.U. (1995); the Conference on Civil Procedure and the Future of the Federal Rules, Southwest Legal Foundation and S.M.U. University (1995); and the National Mass Tort Litigation Conference (1994).

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