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February 29, 2008

Faculty Focus: Supreme Court Historian Lucas A. “Scot” Powe

Lucas A. 'Scot' Powe Lucas A. “Scot” Powe

Professor Scot Powe is the Anne Green Regents Chair in Law and a professor of government at UT-Austin. Powe is a leading historian of the U.S Supreme Court, whose scholarship is focused on the intersection of the Court and politics. He is the author of a forthcoming book (Spring 2009) on the history of the Supreme Court from its inception to the present day. He is also the author of The Warren Court and American Politics, and he was a principal commentator on the 2007 four-part PBS series “The Supreme Court.” For nearly a quarter century, Powe has been a reviewer for the History Book Club.

In addition to being a highly-acclaimed historian, Powe is nationally recognized for his work concerning the First Amendment, especially in relation to the electronic media. He is the author of American Broadcasting and the First Amendment, which was named “Book of the Year” by the Broadcast Education Association, and for which he received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, The Fourth Estate and the Constitution, for which he received the ABA’s Certificate of Merit, and the co-author of Regulating Broadcast Programming. He also served as a consultant to the FCC’s Commercial Network Inquiry in 1979–80.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Washington School of Law, where he graduated first in his class, Powe clerked for Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas before joining the Texas faculty in 1971. He notes that he is one of the few members of the faculty at Texas who began and will end their careers at UT Law. During his nearly four decades at Texas, Powe has also been a visiting professor at Berkeley, the University of Connecticut, and Georgetown. He has been a member of the American Law Institute since 1985.