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December 12, 2005

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Professor Steven Goode Appointed Dean Ad Interim of UT Law

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Professor Steven Goode
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AUSTIN, Texas—Steven Goode, associate dean for academic affairs at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, has been appointed dean ad interim for the School of Law, effective Feb. 1, 2006, while the university conducts a nationwide search to replace Dean William C. Powers Jr., who will become the university's president.

Powers, who has been dean of the School of Law since 2000, will succeed President Larry R. Faulkner on Feb. 1, 2006.

Goode, who holds the G. Rollie White Teaching Excellence Chair in Law, has been a member of the Law School faculty since 1977 and is a UT Distinguished Teaching Professor. He teaches courses in evidence, criminal law, and professional responsibility.

"Professor Goode commands universal respect among his colleagues. He is a delight to work with and we are fortunate indeed that he has agreed to assume the leadership of the Law School," said Sheldon Ekland-Olson, provost at The University of Texas at Austin.

"Steve Goode has been a leader in our Law School for many years. He is an outstanding choice. I know he will work well with our students, faculty, and alumni," Dean Powers said.

“I am honored to be selected as interim dean,” Goode said. “The Law School has prospered greatly under Bill Powers’ leadership, and I intend to devote all my energies to helping move the Law School along the path to acknowledged excellence.”

Goode graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors in political economy from Williams College in 1972 and from Yale Law School in 1975. He had worked as a staff attorney at the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. before coming to Texas.

In 1998, Goode was elected to membership in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers of the University of Texas and in 1992 he was a recipient of the Texas Excellence Teaching Award.

Goode 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 is currently a member of the Court of Criminal Appeals' Rules Advisory Committee. He lectures on evidence extensively throughout the state, and teaches frequently at the College of Advanced Judicial Studies of the Texas Center for the Judiciary.

Related Links:
About Professor Goode: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/sgoode/
Dean Bill Powers Named 28th UT-Austin President: http://www.utsystem.edu/news/2005/UTAustinPresidentPowers12-05-05.htm