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Aric K. Short

Vice Dean and Professor of Law 
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Courses: Estates and Trusts, Land Use, Property, and Religion & the Law Seminar


In nearly 12 years of service to the law school, Dean Short served most recently as Interim Dean, leading the law school in its transition to Texas A&M University.  Prior to serving as Interim Dean, Short was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, where he emphasized and expanded experiential learning and professionalism training. These efforts included developing a skills-based winter term, building new clinical partnerships with the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office and the Federal Aviation Administration, and helping implement an oral skills graduation requirement. 

Prior to his administrative work, Dean Short taught Property, Wills and Estates, and other property-related courses, and he was voted Professor of the Year six times.  His research and scholarship have focused on housing-related discrimination and the litigation of human rights claims in U.S. courts.  Dean Short has been active in local and national service, including serving on the ABA committee that recently revised distance learning standards for legal education.

Prior to teaching, Dean Short practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and Vinson & Elkins in Austin, Texas.  Dean Short received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University and his law degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where he a member of the Texas Law Review and Order of the Coif.  He resides in Fort Worth with his wife, Tanya, and three children. 

Selected Publications

“Slaves for Rent: Sexual Harassment in Housing as Involuntary Servitude,” 86 Nebraska Law Review 838 (2008). [LexisNexis][Westlaw]

“Post-Acquisition Harassment and the Scope of the Fair Housing Act,” 58 Alabama Law Review 203 (2006). [Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw]

“Is the Alien Tort Statute Sacrosanct? Retaining Forum Non Conveniens in Human Rights Litigation,” 33 New York University Journal of International Law & Politics 1001 (2001). [Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw]

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