Professor Laity grew up in the United States and the Netherlands, was educated at
Harvard, and practiced law in Texas before joining the faculty. After graduation from
Harvard Law School, Professor Laity joined the Dallas firm of Kilgore & Kilgore and
was elected a partner five years later. He subsequently joined the Houston office of the
firm of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges. During his twelve years of private
practice, Professor Laity was a transactional lawyer with a general business practice
that emphasized the representation of organizations in the financial and energy sectors
of the international economy.
Professor Laity researches and writes about international and U.S. tax law. He is a
member of the International Fiscal Association and the American Society for International
Law and has chaired committees on international tax law for the American Bar Association.
He is a member of the Texas Bar.
Professor Laity became Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2006. His responsibilities
include faculty development and strategic planning.
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