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David Crump

John B. Neibel Professor of Law


B.A., Harvard University; J.D., University of Texas

Professor Crump earned his B.A. from Harvard University, where he concentrated in chemistry. Before going to law school, he was an aerospace engineer at NASA-MSC. He received his J.D. from The University of Texas. Following that, he was a law clerk to a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, a law professor at the University of California (Davis), and an attorney in private practice in Dallas. He served as an Assistant District Attorney of Harris County, Texas, where he tried cases ranging from minor misdemeanors to capital murders. Since that time, he has been a civil trial lawyer and has been affiliated with the law firms of Johnson & Gibbs and Haynes and Boone, among others, while teaching at the University of Houston.

He has published ten (10) law school teaching books that are currently in use, on subjects ranging from civil litigation to real property transactions. He also has published novels and a book of children's poetry. He has been a director of the State Bar of Texas and chaired the subcommittee of the State Bar that generated the Minimum Continuing Legal Education plan for Texas.

Civil Procedure
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law