What drew you to the law?
I had an uncle who was a lawyer, teacher and judge, and finally Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. He led the conversation at lunch after a morning of argument, and always asked us young folks our opinion on the cases heard.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I have enjoyed teaching for many years, and particularly since it appears that the students are getting younger and younger as I am remaining the same age.
What do you hope students gain from your courses?
An understanding that civil procedure is based on court rules, not the common law, and that knowledge of those rules is an absolute prerequisite to the practice of law in the courtroom.
What did you do prior to entering academia?
After graduation from law school, I worked as an assistant attorney general for a summer, then as a briefing attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas for a year. I then joined the faculty at the University of Texas School of Law.