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Stephen R. Alton
Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Evening Division Programs
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Courses: Property, Wills & Estates, Texas Real Property, and American Legal History.

Professor Stephen Alton joined the faculty in 1990, after the law school had been in existence for just one semester. Promoted to full professor in 1996, Professor Alton was the law school’s associate dean for special projects in 1997-1998 and served as the chair of the Texas Wesleyan University faculty in 2007-2008. In 2009, he was appointed the law school’s associate dean for evening division programs. Prior to teaching, Professor Alton practiced law in Dallas and Houston before returning to Fort Worth to manage a real estate investment company, which he managed until he began his full-time teaching career in 1990. In 2001, Professor Alton was chosen as a Fulbright scholar and lecturer, teaching U.S. Constitutional Law and U.S. State & Local Government Law at Wuhan University Law School in Wuhan, China. 

Professor Alton has taught various subjects, including Property I and II, Wills & Estates, Real Estate Transactions, Environmental Law, Constitutional Law, State & Local Government, and American Legal History. His research interests lie primarily in the area of American Legal History, particularly the legal history of the New Deal and the history of legal education in America. Professor Alton is actively involved in service both to the law school and to the community at large, serving, for example, on the board of trustees of the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation (2002-2007) and the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (since 2007). He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Tarrant County Bar Association.

Professor Alton graduated from Fort Worth Country Day School in 1974 and received his A.B. in history, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1978. In 1981, he earned his J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. Professor Alton earned an ED.M. from Harvard University in 1986, and in 1992, he received an LL.M. from Columbia University, where he was a Lawrence Wein Fellow.

Selected Publications

The Game is Afoot!: The Significance of Donative Transfers in the Sherlock Holmes Canon, 45 ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal 125 (2011). [Hein] [Westlaw]

Roll Over Langdell, Tell Llewellyn the News: A Brief History of American Legal Education, 35 Oklahoma City Law Review  330 (2010). [Hein] [Westlaw]

From Marbury v. Madison to Bush v. Gore:  200 Years of Judicial Review in the United States, 8 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 7 (2001). [Hein][Westlaw]

Loyal Lieutenant, Able Advocate:  The Role of Robert H. Jackson in FDR's Battle with the Supreme Court, 5 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 527 (1997). [Hein][Westlaw]

Mandatory Prelicensure Legal Internship:  A Renewed Pleas for Its Implementation In Light of the MacCrate Report, 2 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 115 (1995).[Hein][Westlaw]

Mandatory Prelicensure Legal Internship:  An Idea Whose Time Has Come Again?, 41 University of Kansas Law Review 137 (1992).[Hein]

In the Wake of Thoreau:  Four Modern Legal Philosophers and the Theory of Nonviolent Civil Disobedience, 24 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 39 (1992). [Hein]