Lawrence G. Sager

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Lawrence Gene Sager (born 1941) is a former dean of the The University of Texas School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Alice Jane Drysdale Sheffield Regents Chair and is one of the nation's preeminent constitutional theorists and scholar. Sager, who joined the Law School faculty in 2002, is the 13th dean in the Law School's 123-year history. He is best known for his theory of underenforcement.[1]

A graduate of Columbia Law School and Pomona College, Sager taught for more than 25 years at New York University School of Law, where he was instrumental in transforming the NYU faculty into one of the best in the nation. At Texas, he has also been deeply involved with the Law School's successful faculty recruitment efforts, which include luring corporate law expert Bernard Black from Stanford Law School in 2004 and health law scholar William Sage from Columbia Law School in 2006. He served as chair of the Law School's Appointments Committee during the 2005–06 academic year. Sager has also taught as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Princeton University, Boston University School of Law, UCLA School of Law, and University of Michigan Law School.[2]

Sager is the author or co-author of dozens of articles as well as two books: Justice in Plainclothes: A Theory of American Constitutional Practice (Yale University Press, 2004) and, with Christopher Eisgruber, Religious Freedom and the Constitution, (Harvard University Press, 2007).

Controversy[edit]

Sager rose to prominence as a legal scholar while teaching at the New York University (NYU) School of Law. [3] Along with NYU’s John Sexton, Sager has been credited as one of the chief architects of New York University Law School’s precipitous rise in the national rankings during the 1990s. [4] Sager joined the University of Texas at Austin (UT) School of Law faculty in 2002 and was appointed dean in 2006. [5]

In 2006, Sager was appointed Dean of the law school. [6] In writing about Sager, Ronald Dworkin said: ”Sager is subtle, fast and deep . . . You should hire him.” [7] During his tenure, Sager “made important advancements” including raising nearly $80 million in donations, hiring 16 tenure and tenure-track faculty members, establishing a dual-degree program with a Mexican law school and launching a scholarly center focusing on global energy, environmental and arbitrational issues.” [8]

Sager resigned from his post in December 2011 after being asked to resign by then-University of Texas President William Powers, Jr. While Powers did not specify the exact reasons for requesting Sager’s resignation, many believe that Powers’s request was related to a forgivable loan/deferred compensation program created by the University of Texas Law School Foundation in 2003 while Powers was Dean of the Law School. [9] [10] According to several reports, the program was a “a highly effective and sensible recruiting and retention tool” for top faculty. [11]

Practical Jokes[edit]

Sager was the subject of several well-publicized practical jokes during his time as dean, including a 2009 April Fool's Day prank in which the Student Bar Association at the University of Texas sent out an email purporting to be from Sager in which "Sager" claimed he was retiring from the law school to raise emus in the Texas hill country.[12] The Student Bar Association also opened up at Etsy shop under Sager's name. [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lawrence Sager, Material Rights, Underenforcement, and the Adjudication Thesis
  2. ^ Tresague, Matthew. "UT dean aims to make 'good' law school 'great'". Houston Chronicle. 
  3. ^ Tresague, Matthew. "UT dean aims to make 'good' law school 'great'". chron.com. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Tresague, Matthew. "UT dean aims to make 'good' law school 'great'". chron.com. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Bliss, Jillian. Daily Texan http://www.dailytexanonline.com/person/larry-sager. Retrieved 20 January 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Tresague, Matthew. "UT dean aims to make 'good' law school 'great'". chron.com. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Tresague, Matthew. "UT dean aims to make 'good' law school 'great'". chron.com. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Haurwitz, Ralph. "Chancellor orders review of UT Law School Foundation funds". statesman.com. Austin American Statesman. 
  9. ^ Tom Phillips (2012-11-13). "UT Law's Forgivable Loans to Faculty "Not Appropriate"". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  10. ^ Smith, Morgan. "UT President Asks Law School Dean to Resign Immediately". Texas Tribune. Texas Tribune. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  11. ^ Tom Phillips (2012-11-13). "UT Law's Forgivable Loans to Faculty "Not Appropriate"". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  12. ^ Elie Mystal (2009-04-01). "More April Fool’s Fun: This Time From Texas". Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  13. ^ Sonia Smith (2011-12-09). "UT Law Dean Asked to Resign". Retrieved 2016-05-23. 

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