A ‘Conversation With’ former University of Texas President Bill Powers set for noon Thursday, March 31

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The “Conversation With” committee is hosting a dialogue with William Powers, Jr., former president of the University of Texas at Austin, at noon on Thursday, March 31, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is open to the law school community and lunch will be served.

Powers joined the University of Texas at Austin (UT)  in 1977  as a professor in the School of Law, and in the late 1990s, he became the dean of the law school. He is nationally recognized for his investigative research into the collapse of Enron and his work on a lengthy report about Kenneth Lay, former chairman and CEO of Enron, and Jeffrey Skilling, former CEO and COO of Enron.

While serving as dean, Powers served with Wake Forest Law Professor Michael Green, who is one of the country’s most respected experts in the area of tort law,  as Co-Reporter for the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Physical Harm, which has already had significant impact on tort law across the country since it was first published in 2010.

Green and Powers were jointly awarded the John G. Fleming Memorial Prize for Torts Scholarship in 2012. Green is a member of the European Group on Tort Law, which prepared and published Principles of European Tort Law in 2005.

Powers became UT president in 2006 and after his nine-year term, he stepped down in 2015, by which point he was the second-longest serving president in University of Texas history.