Feb. 24, 2014 – The American Educational Research Association will honor University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas with its Social Justice in Education award at its annual meeting in Philadelphia April 3. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law and director of the Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance at the Law Center, also will present his lecture, “Drafting Justice: Statutory Language, Public Policy, and Legislative Reform.”
In his lecture, he will discuss how educators can become involved in service by assisting with drafting legislation. Olivas has Texas drafting experience in Top Ten Percent language, the statute according in-state tuition to undocumented college students, and a graduate admissions law. Lawyers have particular expertise, he says, which should be put to use in assisting those without representation and those who cannot help themselves.
On March 7, Olivas will present the keynote address at the Fellows Luncheon and Awards Banquet during the Texas State Historical Association’s 118th Annual Meeting in San Antonio. His lecture is titled, “San Antonio and the Gulf Coast in the Post-WW II Latino Legal Imagination: Notes from an Accidental Historian.” In this Lecture, he will discuss how his research in legal history grew, particularly that concerning Texas legal cases involving Mexican Americans.