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Houston scholar is 1997 Mason Ladd Distinguished Professor of Law at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael A. Olivas, professor of law at the University of Houston and one of the nation's leading scholars on higher education law, is the Mason Ladd Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law for the fall 1997 semester.

Olivas, who also is director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at the University of Houston, is teaching a course on Immigration Law and a course on Education Law while at the UI.

"Michael Olivas is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar," says N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law. "We are most fortunate to attract him to Iowa to teach immigration law and education law, two subjects in which he specializes."

Olivas currently holds the William B. Bates professorship at the University of Houston, where he has taught since 1982. He has also served as associate dean for research and chair of the Higher Education Graduate Program Area at Houston.

Olivas is the author of "The Law of Higher Education: Cases and Materials on Colleges in Court," as well as numerous other books, chapters, and scholarly articles on higher education law, diversity in education, financial aid and other issues.

He holds a law degree from Georgetown University and a doctorate in higher education from Ohio State University. He also holds a master's degree from Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree from Pontifical College Josephium.

The Mason Ladd Distinguished Visiting Professorship was established in 1981 in memory of former College of Law Dean Mason Ladd. Ladd led the college from 1939 to 1966, the longest tenure of any dean in the 130-year history of the College of Law.