AUSTIN, Texas—Steven J. Goode, associate dean for academic affairs at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, has been appointed dean ad interim for the School of Law, effective Feb. 1, 2006, while the university conducts a nationwide search to replace Dean William C. Powers Jr., who will become the university’s president.
Powers, who has been dean of the School of Law since 2000, will succeed President Larry R. Faulkner on Feb. 1, 2006.
Goode, who holds the G. Rollie White Teaching Excellence Chair in Law, has been a member of the Law School faculty since 1977. He teaches courses in evidence, criminal law, professional responsibility, and wills and estates.
“Professor Goode commands universal respect among his colleagues. He is a delight to work with and we are fortunate indeed that he has agreed to assume the leadership of the Law School,” said Sheldon Ekland-Olson, provost at The University of Texas at Austin.
Goode was graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors in political economy from Williams College in 1972 and from Yale Law School in 1975. He had worked as a staff attorney at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. before coming to Texas.
In 1998, Goode was elected to membership in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers of The University of Texas at Austin and in 1992 he was a recipient of the Texas Excellence Teaching Award.
Goode is the author of several books on the law of evidence and served as a reporter to the committees that drafted the Texas rules of evidence. He lectures extensively for numerous continuing legal education programs throughout the state, including the College of Advanced Judicial Studies of the Texas Center for the Judiciary.