Distinguished Professor of Law of Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL). James Matthew Douglas is a co-founder of the URRC. Douglas’s responsibilities include academic and administrative leadership; leading and managing law school operations; advancing a vision for the school’s future; fundraising; and building and sustaining partnerships and strong relationships with alumni of the law school and university.
Douglas earned the BA degree in mathematics from TSU and the Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the TMSL, magna cum laude. He also earned a J.S.M. degree in computer law from Stanford University. Douglas joined the TMSL faculty in 1971, leaving in 1972 to teach at Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He served as associate dean from 1975 to 1980 at Syracuse University College of Law. He later served as professor of law at Northeastern University School of Law before returning to the TMSL as dean where he served from July 1981 to July 1995.