Rucker Lecture Monitor 2016

Michael A. Olivas

William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law
Acting President, University of Houston – Downtown

Thursday, October 13, 4 p.m., Wesemann Hall


How Did We Get Here? Undocumented Lawyers and Occupational Licensing

Professor Michael A. Olivas will draw from his expertise in Higher Education Law and Immigration Law to share results from a national study on immigration and occupational licensing. He will review many of the state eligibility statutes for licensed professional practices and will note the unique and complex challenges that unauthorized immigrants face. He will suggest ways in which these issues can be resolved in the public interest.

This lecture has been approved for one CLE credit hour.


Michael A. Olivas is the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Houston Law Center and Director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at UH. He is currently acting as the interim president of the University of Houston-Downtown. Professor Olivas has served as the Associate Dean of the Law Center and the chair of the UH graduate program in higher education. In 2011, he served as President of the Association of American Law Schools. He has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute and the National Academy of Education, the only person to have been selected to both honor academies. He holds a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) from the Pontifical College Josephinum, an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Professor Olivas is the author or co-author of fifteen books, including The Dilemma of Access (Howard University Press, 1979), Latino College Students (Teachers College Press, 1986),Prepaid College Tuition Programs (College Board, 1993) and The Law and Higher Education (4th ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2015). His most recent book (Suing Alma Mater) was published by Johns Hopkins University Press, on the subject of higher education and the U.S. Supreme Court. It was chosen as the 2014 winner of the Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law, given annually by the Education Law Association. He has a forthcoming book with NYU Press, Perchance to DREAM, A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act. He also has a regular radio show on the Albuquerque, NM, National Public Radio station KANW, “The Law of Rock and Roll,” where he reviews legal developments in music and entertainment law.


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