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December 14, 2005

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Allegra Young, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330 or Jesse Rutledge, Justice at Stake Campaign, (202) 588-9454.

Professor Gerald Torres Named to Board of Justice at Stake

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Professor Gerald Torres
Photo Credit: Charla Wood

AUSTIN, Texas—Gerald Torres, Bryant Smith Chair in Law Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, was appointed to the board of directors of the Justice at Stake, a national organization dedicated to safeguarding fair, impartial and independent courts.

The newly formed 13-member Justice at Stake Board of Directors include professors, judges, and non-profit and government leaders from across the United States.

"Gerald's leadership ability and legal expertise will make a wonderful addition to the board of Justice at Stake," said Dean Bill Powers.

“Professor Torres’ distinguished background in law, politics and academia, as well as his support for greater diversity on the bench, will help Justice at Stake engage more Americans in its efforts to keep courts fair and impartial,” said Justice at Stake board chairman Roger Warren.

Professor Torres is the president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). A leading figure in critical race theory, Torres is also an expert in agricultural and environmental law. He came to UT Law in 1993 after teaching at The University of Minnesota Law School, where he also served as associate dean. Torres has served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as counsel to then U.S. attorney general Janet Reno.

His latest book is The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2002) with Harvard law professor Lani Guinier. Torres' many articles include "Translation and Stories" (Harvard Law Review, 2002), "Who Owns the Sky?" (Pace Law Review, 2001) (Garrison Lecture), "Taking and Giving: Police Power, Public Value, and Private Right" (Environmental Law, 1996), and "Translating Yonnondio by Precedent and Evidence: The Mashpee Indian Case" (Duke Law Journal, 1990).

Torres has served on the board of the Environmental Law Institute, the National Petroleum Council and on EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute. Torres was honored with the 2004 Legal Service Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) for his work to advance the legal rights of Latinos. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Stanford law schools.

Justice at Stake (JAS) is a nonpartisan campaign working to keep U.S. courts fair and impartial.

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