Meredith J. Duncan
Professor of Law
Alumnae College Professorship in Law
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Metropolitan Programs
B.A., Northwestern University; J.D., University of Houston
Professor Duncan joined the University of Houston Law Center faculty in 1998. Her areas of expertise include legal ethics, criminal law, and torts. Since joining the faculty, Professor Duncan has received several teaching awards, including the University of Houston’s highest teaching honor, UH’s Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award. She has been selected numerous times by the graduating law students as their “hooder” at commencement. Professor Duncan is also 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 teaches Torts, Criminal Law, and Professional Responsibility at the Law Center.
As Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and 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. Duncan is also a George Butler Research Professor of Law.
Duncan graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University and earned her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1993. 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, and the Brooklyn 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.