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March 2, 2006

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Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 471-7330.

Professors Alex Albright and Lonny Hoffman to Serve on Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee

AUSTIN, Texas—Alexandra W. Albright, associate dean of students and technology and senior lecturer at The University of Texas School of Law, has been reappointed to the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee until Dec. 31, 2008. Lonny S. Hoffman, visiting professor at the Law School, has been appointed as a new member of the committee.

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Professor Alexandra W. Albright
Photo Credit: Wyatt McSpadden

About The Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee:

The Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee, first created in 1940 and reconstituted at various times since then, assists the Supreme Court in the continuing study, review, and development of rules and procedures for the courts of Texas, taking into consideration the rules and procedures of other courts in the United States and proposals for changes from whatever source received. The Committee drafts rules as directed by the Court; solicits, summarizes, and reports to the Court the views of the bar and the public on court rules and procedures; and makes recommendations for change. The Court is not bound by the Committee's recommendations. Members of the Committee are appointed by the Supreme Court, which shall from time to time determine their number, qualifications, and terms of service.

Alexandra W. Albright teaches texas civil procedure and is a 1980 graduate of the Law School. She has been a member of the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Court Rules since 1993, and played a key role in redrafting the discovery rules that went into effect in January 1999. She is the author of two casebooks, one on pretrial procedure and the other on trial and appellate procedure. She is also co-author of the Handbook on Texas Discovery Practice, part of West's Texas Practice Series. She has written numerous articles, including Texas Discovery Privileges: A Fool's Game?, 70 Tex. L. Rev. 781 (1992), recognized by the Texas Bar Foundation as the Outstanding Law Review Article for 1991-92, and Personal Jurisdiction: A Confused and Inappropriate Substitute for Forum Non Conveniens, 71 Tex. L. Rev. 351 (1992).

Albright was a law clerk for Judge Thomas M. Reavley of the 5th Ciruit Court of Appeals immediately after graduation from law school. She was an associate, then a partner at the firm of Thompson & Knight in Dallas, Texas, where she had a general civil trial and appellate practice. She has written numerous briefs to the Texas Supreme Court, including the brief cited by Justice Lloyd Doggett in Ruiz v. Conoco, 868 S.W.2d 752, 766 (Tex. 1993), as being responsible for changing the votes of two justices on motion for rehearing.

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Visiting Professor Lonny S. Hoffman
Photo Credit: Wyatt McSpaddens

Lonny S. Hoffman is the George Butler Research Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center. He graduated from UT Law in 1992. A specialist on civil procedure in the federal and state courts, Hoffman’s scholarly writing focuses on questions of jurisdiction as they arise within particular sovereignties and on interjurisdictional conflicts. Some of his recent publications include: “The Case Against Vicarious Jurisdiction” (University of Pennsylvania Law Review); “Syngenta, Stephenson and the Federal Judicial Injunctive Power” (Akron Law Review, 2004 Symposium on Complex Litigation); “A Window Into the Courts: Legal Process and` the 2000 Presidential Election” (Northwestern Law Review); “Forum Non Conveniens in Federal Statutory Cases” (Emory Law Journal); and “Removal Jurisdiction and the All Writs Act” (University of Pennsylvania Law Review). The latter article was cited recently in Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. v. Henson, 537 U.S. 28, 35 n.1 (2003) (Stevens, J., concurring). Hoffman also serves as editor of The Advocate, the quarterly journal of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas, and is a member ex officio of the Litigation Council for the Litigation Section.

In 2004, Hoffman received the University of Houston Enron Teaching Excellence Award. The award, voted on by a committee of faculty across the UH System, is the highest annual teaching honor accorded university-wide. In his first year of teaching in 1999, as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, he won the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching (selected by committee of student representatives). In 2002, Hoffman was designated a Fulbright Senior Specialist Candidate on the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (designation through 2007).

Related Links:
About Professor Albright: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/aalbrigh/
About Professor Hoffman: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/ljh284/