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April 26, 2006

Press Contact: Jodi Bart, UT Law,, (512) 232-1408.

Professor Stanley Johanson Honored with Massey Teaching Excellence Award

AUSTIN, Texas — Interim Dean Steve Goode has announced that law professor Stanley Johanson is the recipient of the 2006-08 Massey Teaching Excellence Award. Johanson, a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, has been a professor at the Law School since 1963.

Johanson, who holds the Fannie Coplin Regents Chair at UT Law, was in the inaugural group of professors who were elected, in 1995, to The University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers, whose purpose is to give public recognition to outstanding classroom teachers at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1997, he received the Treat Award for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the National College of Probate Judges, and in 2005 he was presented with the Distinguished Probate Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award by the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for his contributions to the improvement of Texas law.

Johanson is the co-author of Wills, Trusts and Estates (Aspen, 7th ed., 2005), which is used in over 120 American law schools, and is the author of Johanson's Texas Probate Code Annotated (West, 2005) and "Wills", in the Gilbert Law Series (Bar/Bri Group, 2003). Johanson is Of Counsel to Vinson & Elkins, a Houston law firm.

"It has been a privilege to have been on the faculty of The University of Texas School of Law for the past 43 years, and to have been a part of the lives of the fine men and women who have been my students,” said Professor Johanson. “And now, to be honored with this award—words cannot begin to express my appreciation and gratitude. What makes the award particularly gratifying is that John Massey was a student in my very first Property Law class in the fall of 1963; and that John has been nice enough to say some favorable things about my teaching in that first year even though, as a rookie, I was just a few pages ahead of my students!"

“Stanley Johanson personifies teaching excellence,” said Interim Dean Steve Goode. “Through the years, he has taught thousands of students and, as an active CLE speaker, thousands of lawyers as well. He was an obvious choice for this great honor.”

In fall 2005, The University of Texas School of Law announced the endowment of the Massey Teaching Excellence Award by John H. Massey, J.D. '66, and his wife, Elizabeth S. Massey, B.S. '61. The Law School is charged with presenting the award to a faculty member who "epitomizes the School's priority of providing the highest quality of teaching to its students."

"We wanted to endow a teaching excellence award at the Law School as a way of recognizing the importance that great teaching had in our lives," John Massey said. "My wife and I both received superb educations at the University of Texas. I have used ideas and principles that I learned at the Law School every day of my life, even though I'm a businessman and have never been a practicing lawyer.”

The University of Texas School of Law has long had one of the outstanding faculties in the nation, in terms of both scholarly distinction and success in the classroom. National surveys of law student satisfaction with teaching conducted by the Princeton Review have named Texas one of the top ten teaching faculties in the United States, even ranking Texas first for one year. Of the nation's top law schools, only Texas and the University of Chicago Law School enjoy such consistently high marks for teaching.

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