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Sidney  Buchanan

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Sidney Buchanan

Baker & Botts Professor of Law, Emeritus

A.B., Princeton University; J.D., University of Michigan

Professor Buchanan graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and received his law degree with distinction from the University of Michigan. He came to the University of Houston Law Center in 1967 following his association with Vinson, Elkins, Searls, Smith & Connally where he practiced wills, trusts and estate planning.

Professor Buchanan teaches constitutional law, trusts and wills and is a constitutional scholar with special interests in First Amendment rights, separation of powers and state action. In addition to a number of articles, he has published two books entitled, The Quest for Freedom: A Legal History of the Thirteenth Amendment and Sex, Morality, and the Constitution, and a treatise entitled, A Conceptual History of the State Action Doctrine: The Search for Governmental Responsibility.

Over the years Professor Buchanan has been recognized as an innovative teacher. In addition to serving as Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Student Bar Association has named Buchanan Outstanding Professor of the Year for three years.

Constitutional Law
First Amendment Rights
Trusts and Wills