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UH law professor to be honored for public ed

By Angi Nance
News Reporter

The Houston City Council will present Richard Alderman, the UH law professor known as "The People's Lawyer," with an official proclamation today marking Oct. 16 as "Richard Alderman Day."

Alderman will receive the honor during a 2 p.m. ceremony at City Hall. "It really is an honor that I never anticipated," he said.

The proclamation acknowledges Alderman for his dedication in educating the public about its legal rights. He founded the free, semiannual "People's Law School," which has helped more than 10,000 Houstonians learn the basics of the law.

In addition, Alderman has written Know Your Rights!, a consumer law guide that is in its sixth edition, and his law column appears in the Houston Chronicle and newspapers across Texas. He has a syndicated television series that runs on 14 stations and maintains a Web site,, where he receives about 50 e-mails per day and answers Texans' questions on topics from automobile accidents to wills and power of attorney to tenants' rights.

"For the past two decades, I've dedicated a substantial part of my career to educating the public about their legal rights," Alderman said. "I am especially proud of this recognition because it indicates both success and appreciation."

But Alderman said it is not only the official recognition that makes his job satisfying.

"I have always believed that laws are written for everyday people and not just lawyers," he said. "For many of our laws to work, especially our consumer law, people must know about them. There is nothing more rewarding than to hear from people that were able to resolve a problem based on information they received from me."

The People's Law School's next session will be April 15 at the UH Law Center. Topics will cover consumer law, wills, family law, criminal law, business law, landlord/tenant law, credit and debit collection, how to work with attorneys and how to file claims in small claims court. Classes will be taught by local judges, attorneys and professors.

For more information, call (713) 743-2168 or register online at

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