David S. Sokolow

  • Distinguished Senior Lecturer


  • JD Columbia University
  • MBA University of Texas at Austin
  • MA Columbia University
  • BA Columbia University

Professor Sokolow teaches Contracts and Business Associations. Sokolow, a five-time winner of the Teacher-of-the Year Award, clerked for the Honorable Thomas Gibbs Gee of the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced Entertainment Law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, before joining the Texas faculty in 1981. He graduated from Columbia College and Columbia Law School, and holds an M.A. in art history from Columbia and an M.B.A. from UT-Austin. As the law school's first Director of Student Life (2004-2013), he was responsible for formulating and implementing the Society and Mentor Programs. His articles include, "Fiduciary Duty a la Lyonnais: An Economic Perspective on Corporate Governance in a Financially Distressed Firm" (Journal of Corporation Law, 1996). He has been a visiting professor at SMU, Emory, Ohio State, and Case-Western Reserve.

Recent Activities

  • January 7, 2009

    American Association of Law Schools Meeting

    David Sokolow gave a presentation on "Teaching Business Concepts to Non-Business Students" at the Joint Program sponsored by the Sections on Academic Support and Teaching Methods at the AALS Meeting in San Diego, entitled, "Teaching to the Entire Class: Innovative and Effective Instruction to Engage Every Student." At the meeting, he also completed his year as Chair of the Teaching Methods Section.

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