The 2018 AALS Triennial Award goes to Michael A. Olivas, who is a professor at the University of Houston Law Center and a distinguished scholar in the fields of immigration law and higher education.
This year, the Association of America Law School is giving the prestigious award to Olivas as a token of gratitude for his huge contribution to legal profession and education. Olivas has been a professor at the UH Law for more than three decades, where he still teaches courses in Immigration Law and Policy, Higher Education Law, and Business Law & Immigration. Olivas was also a president of the Association.
Dean Leonard M. Baynes described Olivas as an “outstanding teacher, scholar, and humanitarian”, “exemplary academic citizen” and “most deserving of this award”, stressing that he has “put his scholarship to work in achieving ground-breaking and innovative change” in his chosen fields of law.
Over the course of his 38-year long career in legal education, Olivas has served on numerous committees, been an expert witness and a legal consultant more than 20 times, submitted amicus briefs on 23 cases in both state and federal courts, and edited or contributed chapters to 37 books.
Olivas said that being a part of UH Law has been an “honor” and had enabled him to “serve this institution I love, and to which I have dedicated my career”. The professor added that the opportunity to serve students and advance scholarship in his fields has given him much joy and satisfaction in life.