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College of Law Gillis Long Award Ceremony Presents Speaker Michael Olivas, University of Houston Law Center Professor

Loyola press release - March 4, 2007

(New Orleans)óLoyola University New Orleans Gillis Long Poverty Law Center has invited Michael A. Olivas, professor at the University of Houston Law Center, to be their Gillis Long Distinguished Speaker at the Gillis Long Award Ceremony on Thursday, March 15, 2007, at 6 p.m., in the College of Law, Room 308.

Michael A. Olivas is the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Houston Law. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and has been designated as a Fellow by the National Association of Colleges and University Attorneys.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Houston in 1982, Olivas held teaching and research positions at Ohio State University and Howard University and served as Director of Research for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in Washington, D.C.

Olivas, a native of New Mexico, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools and served on the Council of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Both the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston have given him awards for lifetime achievement. He has chaired the boards of the Arte Publico Press and the Public Interest Advocacy Center Scholarship Fund in Houston, and was a board member of the Craniofacial Foundation of Houston. Olivas has also served as a director on the MALDEF Board since 2002.

Olivas earned his bachelorís degree from Pontifical College Josephinum, a masterís degree and a doctorate from Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio, and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Olivas is the author or co-author of nine books. His most recent book, Education Stories, will be published by Foundation Press in 2007.
The Gillis Long Award Ceremony is an annual ceremony which honors Loyola University New Orleans students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have engaged in public service. Congressman Gillis W. Long was known for his commitment to the working and poor people of Louisiana. In 1985, Congress provided Loyola University New Orleans with federal funds to create an endowed Poverty Law Center in his name.

Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit-Catholic institution with a total student enrollment of 4,724 including 800 law students.