Former UT president Bill Powers joins law firm

Bill Powers speaks after announcing he will resign as UT president. (Paul Shelton/KXAN)
Texas president Bill Powers during a news conference Jan. 6, 2014, in Austin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — It didn’t take long for the former president of University of Texas Austin to land a new job. On Monday, Jackson Walker L.L.P. announced William Powers, Jr. joined the firm’s Austin office as of counsel.

According to a release, Powers will consult with the firm’s clients on appellate work, corporate governance and special investigations.

“We are excited to welcome Bill Powers to the firm,” said Jackson Walker managing partner Wade Cooper. “He would top just about anyone’s list of the most influential attorneys in the State of Texas. We believe he will be an invaluable resource to our clients and the firm.”

Prior to being UT president, Powers served for five years as Dean of The University of Texas School of Law. He recently returned to the faculty of the UT School of Law this summer and will continue to teach both undergraduate and law school courses.

Powers stepped down as president in June. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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