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Lonny Hoffman

Law Foundation Professor of Law

University of Houston Law Center
4800 Calhoun
Houston, Texas 77204
Phone: (713) 743-5206
Fax: (713) 743-2131
JD 1992, Texas
BA 1989, Columbia

Professor Hoffman is the Law Foundation Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. An expert on procedural law in federal and state courts, he is a highly prolific scholar whose work has appeared in the leading law reviews in the country and been highly influential with commentators, lawyers and courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

In the classroom he is an acclaimed and dedicated teacher. One of several teaching awards he has won put it this way: "Professor Lonny Hoffman embodies all the qualities of a great educator. Not only does he have an astounding command of his subject area; he takes pride and pleasure in sharing that knowledge with his students. Professor Hoffman's energetic approach and 'real world' attitude to teaching bring a freshness to the classroom which inspires his students to give one hundred percent of their efforts to live up to his high standards."

In addition to his scholarly work, Lonny is actively involved in professional practice. He has testified before Congress on several occasions, spoken by invitation to federal rulemakers and lectured around the world on civil litigation subjects. In 2009, he was elected as a member to the American Law Institute. Previously he has served as Chair of the Civil Procedure Section of the American Association of Law Schools. At the request of the Fifth Circuit, Lonny was the Reporter for a project to revise the circuit’s civil Pattern Jury Instructions. At the state level, Lonny has served on numerous professional committees and organizations. He remains an active member of the Supreme Court of Texas Rules Advisory Committee, which he has served on since 2005. Since 2001, he has been Editor-in-Chief of THE ADVOCATE, a quarterly journal published by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Procedure I (first-year course)
Procedure II (upper-level course on state and federal procedure)
Colloquium: Reenvisioning Law (faculty work-in-progress presentations made to seminar-sized group of students)
Written Advocacy (Seminar)
Well-Being in the Law (upper-level course)