Tarlton Law Library Publishes Oral History Interview with President Bill Powers
The Tarlton Law Library has announced the publication of the oral history interview of William C. Powers, Jr., one of the most important figures in the history of the School of Law and of The University of Texas.
William C. Powers, Jr. (1946-2019) was the Joseph D.
Jamail Centennial Chair in Law at The University of Texas
School of Law and a University Distinguished Teaching
Professor. He served as Dean of the School of Law from
2000 to 2006 and as President of The University of Texas at
Austin from 2006 to 2015. A distinguished legal scholar,
beloved teacher, and skilled administrator, Powers
dedicated over forty years of service to UT. In this oral
history interview, he recounts his time in the U.S. Navy and
subsequent entry into the legal field, discusses his career at The University of Texas School of Law, shares insights on Hopwood v. Texas, and tells the story of his role in the internal investigation of Enron and the resulting report. He also reflects on the relationships he built with colleagues and students during his time at UT.
This interview continues Tarlton’s mission to document the history of the School of Law and the legal history of Texas and the United States. The project began in 1986 when a grant from the Texas Sesquicentennial Commission funded five oral history interviews. Since that time, over twenty interviews have been published with School of Law faculty and alumni.
For a complete listing of oral histories in the Tarlton Law Library Oral History Collection, visit tarlton.law.utexas.edu/archives-and-special-collections/oral-history.
To order any of the oral histories in the Tarlton Law Library Oral History Collection, please contact the Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law, 727 E. Dean Keeton Street, Austin, Texas 78705, 512-471-7241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.