Friday, December 31, 2010
Michael A. Olivas, the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Houston Law Center and Director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at UH, is the 2010 Immigration Professor of the Year. Professor Olivas has written extensively on immigration law, including many articles on the DREAM Acts, and is President-elect of the Association of American Law Schools, and will serve as the AALS President in 2011. I believe that he will be the first immigration law scholar to serve as President of the AALS!
Professor Olivas is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation, and served as General Counsel to the American Association of University Professors (1994-98). He twice chaired the AALS Section on on Immigration Law.
Both the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and The Hispanic Bar Association of Houston have given him awards for lifetime achievement. Since 2002, he serves as a director on the MALDEF Board.
Congratulations to Professor Michael Olivas!