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Associate Provost; Associate Professor of Law


Email: leads@mail.smu.edu

Phone: 214-768-3754

Education:

B.A., 1971, American University
J.D., 1975, University of Texas  

Professor Linda Eads is the Associate Provost responsible for faculty affairs in the Provost's Office and serves as the Director of the Hunt Leadership Scholars Program. She also serves on various committees and task forces, including the Educational Programs Committee, the Center for Teaching Excellence Advisory Committee and the Community Engagement Council.

Professor Eads has taught at the School of Law since January 1986. She teaches and writes in the areas of evidence, legal ethics, constitutional law and women and the law. She has published articles in these areas in the California Law Review, the Washington University Law Quarterly and the Texas Journal of Women and Law. She also has co-authored a student guide titled Questions & Answers: Constitutional Law.

For three years, Professor Eads chaired the Texas State Bar’s committee that studied possible changes in the disciplinary rules that govern lawyer behavior. She was asked to chair this committee by the Texas Supreme Court. In 2007, Linda received the State Bar’s President’s Award—the highest award given by the State Bar of Texas—for her work in chairing this committee.

From January 1999 to September 2000, Professor Eads was on leave from the University in order to assume the post of Deputy Attorney General for Litigation for the State of Texas. In this position she directed the State’s civil litigation and supervised more than 300 lawyers in the 10 civil litigation divisions in the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

Professor Eads received her B.A. in International Studies with Honors from the American University located in Washington, D.C. and she earned her J.D. with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Professor Eads served as a trial attorney with the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Professor Eads has been named to the American Law Institute and is recognized as one of Texas' top women lawyers. At Southern Methodist University she has received the University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award, the University Golden Mustang Teaching Award, the Law School’s Don Smart Teaching Award (4 times), and the Law School’s Don Smart Directed Research Award (3 times). At the United States Department of Justice, she received the United States Attorney General's Special Commendation Award and several Outstanding Attorney Awards.


Primary Articles

GETTING IT RIGHT: THE TRIAL OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CHILD MOLESTATION CASES UNDER FEDERAL RULES ON EVIDENCE, 413-415, 18 Behavior Sciences and the Law 169-216 (2000) (co-authored).


Books

Student guide, QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (Lexis Pub.) (with McGreal).


Speeches/Presentations

"Changes in Referral Fee Practice in Texas," Dallas Bar Association, July, 2004.

Speaker, "Legal Ethics and Professionalism", annual meeting of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, Ft. Myers, FL., October, 2004.

Speaker, "Can Lawyers Achieve Civil Responsibility While Still Maximizing Wealth", at SMU Corporate Counsel Symposium, October, 2004.

Organized and served as moderator of the Dallas Young Lawyer’s yearly forum on important legal issues.

Speaker, "Ethical Considerations in Corporate Governance," National Association of Securities Law Administrators, yearly meeting in New Orleans.

Speaker, "Ethical Considerations in Corporate Governance," Board of Directors of the McGuire Center.

Moderator, debate between various Texas Supreme Court candidates.


Other

CORPORATE AMERICA AND ITS ETHICAL CHOICES, SMU-McGuire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, paper No. 19 (2004).

Monthly column for the TEXAS LAWYER on legal ethics.

BETTY CROCKER OR BARBARA JORDAN: LIMITED ROLES FOR WOMEN AND THE EFFECT OF REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY ON MOTHERHOOD, Texas Journal of Women and the Law, Spring 1998.