83R1940 JH-D
  By: Branch H.R. No. 22
         WHEREAS, William Powers, Jr., president of The University of
  Texas at Austin, has been honored in two diverse areas of endeavor,
  winning an award for legal scholarship as well as being elected vice
  chair of an association of preeminent research universities; and
         WHEREAS, Widely recognized as a leading American legal
  scholar, Bill Powers is a 2012 corecipient of the prestigious John
  G. Fleming Memorial Prize for Torts Scholarship; he was awarded the
  prize for his definitive interpretations of juridical concepts and
  for coauthoring a treatise on the general principles of tort law;
  his extensive writing on personal injury and emotional damages is
  considered one of the major achievements of modern jurisprudence;
         WHEREAS, Respected for his leadership on issues related to
  higher education, President Powers was recently elected vice chair
  of the Association of American Universities; programs developed by
  the AAU encourage improved funding for research to enable leading
  universities to continue functioning as centers of innovation and
  scientific advancement; with his successful record as an advocate
  for undergraduate and graduate education, he enriches the AAU,
  bringing his expertise and keen intellect to bear on the critical
  task of maintaining financial resources for programs of advanced
  learning; and
         WHEREAS, President Powers graduated magna cum laude from
  Harvard Law School, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Law
  Review; he joined the faculty at The University of Texas School of
  Law in 1977 and taught with distinction before being appointed as
  dean in 2000; he has been named to UT's Academy of Distinguished
  Teachers, is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and
  holds the Hines H. Baker and Thelma Kelley Baker Chair in Law; on
  February 1, 2006, he took office as president of The University of
  Texas at Austin; and
         WHEREAS, A Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the
  author of dozens of books and articles on legal philosophy and the
  nuances of tort law, he has shared his considerable skills while
  serving on the boards of the National Center for Educational
  Accountability, the Council of Public University Presidents and
  Chancellors, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, and the Big 12
  Conference; and
         WHEREAS, His dedication to a clear understanding of legal
  principles and the means by which they are translated into law has
  made Bill Powers a well-known and admired figure in the world of
  jurisprudence; moreover, his commitment to the betterment of higher
  education through student diversity, increased funding, and
  curriculum innovation establishes him as a pacesetter in the realm
  of public university leaders; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate William Powers, Jr., of The
  University of Texas at Austin on his receipt of the John G. Fleming
  Memorial Prize for Torts Scholarship and on his election as vice
  chair of the Association of American Universities and extend to him
  sincere best wishes for the future; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for President Powers as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.