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Aric K. Short

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


Dean Short oversees new academic initiatives at the law school, including new degrees, collaborative programs with Texas A&M University, and international experiences for students. He is also developing a new professionalism program that will be implemented in 2014. Prior to becoming Vice Dean, he served as Interim Dean, leading the law school in its transition to Texas A&M University. Dean Short has also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, overseeing the curriculum, with a particular focus on the development of new experiential learning programs and professionalism training. Dean Short has also led law students in the school’s first pro bono service trip to Costa Rica.

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 is a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation, and he is a member of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. He has also 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 was a member of the Texas Law Review and Order of the Coif. He resides in Fort Worth with his wife, Tanya, and their three children.

Selected Publications

"New Beginnings," 77 Tex. B.J. 232 (2014).

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

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

“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] [SSRN]

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