AUSTIN, Texas—Douglas Laycock, an associate dean and professor at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Law, has been selected to receive the university’s prestigious Civitatis Award for exemplary service at the university.
Professor Douglas Laycock
Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, president of the university, will recognize Laycock and other award recipients Sept. 14 during the university’s anniversary observance, “The University at 122,” at which he also will present the President’s Address on the State of the University.
The Civitatis Award is presented to a faculty member for outstanding citizenship throughout a career. The award’s name derives from the Latin motto that appears on the university’s seal—Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis—taken from the words of Mirabeau B. Lamar, former president of the Republic of Texas, “Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy.”
Laycock holds the Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law at the university’s School of Law and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute. He is considered the nation’s leading authority on the law of remedies and one of its leading scholars on the law of religious liberty. He testifies frequently before Congress about issues of religious liberty and has argued many cases in the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
At The University of Texas at Austin, Laycock has chaired the Task Force on Assembly and Expression (2001-3) and has chaired the Consultative Committees on the selection of the executive vice president and provost (1993-94) and the dean of the School of Law (1994-95). He also has chaired the Committee of Counsel on Academic Freedom and Responsibility (1993-96) and the Faculty Welfare Committee (1990-92), and has served on a variety of committees inside the School of Law. He has been a key member of the Hopwood litigation team and of the legal team responding to the Michigan decisions on affirmative action.
Laycock is author of the leading casebook, “Modern American Remedies: Cases and Materials”; the award-winning monograph, “The Death of the Irreparable Injury Rule”; and many articles in Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Supreme Court Review and elsewhere.
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