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Baker Botts LLP Professor of Law and Research Dean, University of Houston Law Center

Dave Fagundes writes and teaches about property, including copyright, real estate, and wills and trusts. He joined the University of Houston Law Center faculty in fall 2016, and was appointed the Baker Botts LLP Professor of Law in 2018. He also serves as UHLC's research dean.

Professor Fagundes began his teaching career at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California, where he taught from 2007 through 2016. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block, LLP, and a clerk to Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Professor Fagundes' most recent and forthcoming scholarship focuses on property's abandonment doctrine, the Second Amendment status of municipal corporations, and the intersection of copyright and administrative law. His articles have appeared in the Cornell Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Texas Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review, among others. His work has been selected for presentation at leading national venues including the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum and the plenary session of the IP Scholars’ Conference (on two occasions), and has been showcased four times in the Journal of Things We Like Lots (JOTWELL).

Professor Fagundes was named the UHLC Order of the Barons Professor of the Year for 2019-2020. He was elected to the American Law Institute in July 2020.


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    Professor of Law, University of Houston