William V. Dorsaneo III
Dedman School of Law 2021
Professor William V. Dorsaneo, III earned a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Grand Chancellor of the Order of Chancellors and the Order of the Coif, he worked as a litigation specialist in Dallas after law school before launching his career in academia at the SMU School of Law in 1975. In 1977, he was promoted to associate professor of law and then to professor of law in 1980. He was awarded the Chief Justice John and Lena Hickman Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in 1997. He is the author of many books and other publications, including as the principal author of the often-cited 26-volume Texas Litigation Guide. He has also written numerous other articles, book chapters, periodicals and commentaries, and has taught a variety of litigation courses over the years. Professor Dorsaneo has been an active member of the Texas Supreme Court's Advisory Committee since 1982 and is a member of the American Law Institute. He also served as chairperson of the Texas Supreme Court's Task Force for Revision of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. He retires as professor emeritus of law.