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Meredith  Duncan





Meredith J. Duncan

Alumnae College Professor of Law
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Metropolitan Programs


B.A., Northwestern University; J.D., University of Houston

Professor Meredith J. Duncan is the Alumnae College Professor of Law and the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Metropolitan Programs at the University of Houston Law Center.  Her areas of expertise include legal ethics, criminal law, and torts. As Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Metropolitan Programs, Duncan oversees the Law Center’s award-winning Pre-Law Pipeline Program, a program designed to increase the diversity of the law school applicant pool. Her director responsibilities also involve working with the Juvenile and Children’s Advocacy Project, a program whose mission is to reduce juvenile crime and delinquency and improve the long-term educational success rates and life outcomes for socially and economically disadvantaged juveniles.

Professor Duncan teaches Torts, Criminal Law, Professional Responsibility, and other related courses at the Law Center.  She has been honored with several teaching awards, including the University of Houston’s highest teaching honor, UH’s Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award.  She is one of only 26 law professors studied nationwide in the recent Harvard University Press book What the Best Law Teachers Do, a study of the “methods, strategies, and personal traits of professors whose students achieve exceptional learning.”  She has been selected numerous times by the Law Center’s Student Bar Association as the Outstanding Professor of the Year and by the graduating law students as their “hooder” at commencement.  She has also been selected by the graduates as their faculty commencement speaker.

Duncan graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University and earned her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. Upon graduation from the Law Center, she clerked for the Honorable Edith H. Jones, Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and was an associate at Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.  She is the co-author of Tort Law:  A Contemporary Approach, published by West Academic, and Advanced Torts:  A Lawyer’s Perspective, published by Carolina Academic Press.  She has published articles in leading legal publications, such as the Georgia Law Review, the Wake Forest Law Review, the Brooklyn Law Review, and the American Criminal Law Review.  She is a member of the prestigious American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  Duncan is a member of the Texas Bar Association, and she sits on West Academic’s Advisory Board.

Criminal Law
Professional Responsibility