Manuel D. Leal
Professor of Law

Education:
B.S., University of Houston, Houston, Texas
J.D., South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
LL.M., New York University School of Law

Biographical Information

Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, 1993-1996
Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, 1983-Present
Judge, 308th State District Court, Harris County, Texas 1982-1983
Judicial Master, 308th District Court, Family Trial Division, Harris County, Texas, 1981
Judicial Master, 246th District Court, Family Trial Division, Harris County, Texas (Intermittently) 1979-1981

Professor, Texas Southern University-Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas, 2003-Present
Adjunct Professor, Texas Southern University-Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas, 1989-Present Adjunct
Professor, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1990-1991
Associate Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1980-1982
Teaching Assistant, New York University School of Law, New York, NY., 1980
Adjunct Professor, University of Houston School of Law, Houston, Texas, 1994
Assistant United States Attorney, 1983
Associate Attorney in Civil Trial Practice, Law Offices of Gus J. Zgourides, 1976-1980
Limited Licensed Internship, Fisher, Roch & Gallagher, 1976

Awards
Robert B. McKay Distinguished Alumni Award, New York University School of Law, 1995
Federal Bureau of Investigation Award, Hispanic Heritage Celebration Coastal Bend Bankruptcy Bar Association, 1990
Southwestern Bell All-Starts Award, 1995
Distinguished Hispanic of the Year Award, presented 1994 by the Fiestas Patrias Committee
Lifetime Achievement Award, presented 1994 by the Hispanic Bar of Houston
Named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the nation's 100 most influential Hispanics
Salute to a Hispanic Family, award by Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority, METRO, 1997

Affiliations
Past President, Chairman and Founder, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Past President, Hispanic Bar of Houston
State Bar of Texas
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Past Treasurer, Mexican American Bar Association
Inspection Team, ABA Law School Accreditation Committee
ABA Continuing Legal education Committee
State Bar Committee on Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
State Bar Committee on Opportunities for Minorities
Member, Task Force Committee for Proposed Rules Changes to the State Bar Act, 1978
Appointed delegate by the Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court to the American Bar Associations special Court Judges Conference

Research and Teaching Interests
Federal Jurisdiction
Evidence
Contracts
Remedies
Bankruptcy
Business Bankruptcy
Reorganization
Procedure (Federal)
Procedure (Texas)
Family Law
Conflicts of Law
Corporations
Civil Trial Advocacy

Publications
Manuel D. Leal, The Power of the Bankruptcy Court: Section 105, 29 S. Tex. L. Rev. 487 (1988)
Manuel D. Leal & Preston T. Towber, Fundamental Bankruptcy Concepts for the Non-Bankruptcy Practitioner, 49 Tex. Bar J. 822 (1986)

Selected Presentations
Keynote Speaker, BALISA Annual Alumni Dinner, St. John's University School of Law, 1995
Keynote Speaker, Hispanic National Bar Association Board of Governor's meeting 1994.
Continuing the Collection Effort. Presented at Collecting Debts in Judgments Course, University of Houston, Houston, Tx., September 8-9, 1994
Case Law Update. Presented at Bankruptcy Fundamentals for Lawyers and Legal Assistants, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX July 14-15, 1994
Presenting Evidence at Trial. Rules of Evidence 104, 602, 611 and 802, Texas Southern University-Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX, October 15, 1993
Continuing the Collection Effort. Law Foundation lecture, Houston, TX, August 13, 1993
Bankruptcy for the General Practitioner. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Hispanic National Bar Association, San Antonio, Texas 1991
Manuel D. Leal and R. F. Wheless, Jr. Practice in the Bankruptcy Court, Some Do's and Don'ts. Presented at Bankruptcy Fundamental for Lawyers and Legal Assistants, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX., June 1991
Lecture in Spanish on American Federal Jurisdiction presented in Mexico at the Third Binational Conference on the Administration of Justice, 1992
Lecture in Spanish at the Bilateral Judicial Treatment of Transnational Issues Between the United States and Mexico. 1990
Lecture in Spanish on the American Federal Jurisdiction in Pueblo, Mexico at the First Binational Conference on the Administration of Justice, 1989
Manuel D. Leal and Preston T. Towber. Bankruptcy for the Oil & Gas Practitioner. Presented at Advanced Oil & Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX., January 1990
Bankruptcy for the General Practitioner. Presented at the Advanced Business Litigation Short Course, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX., March 1988
Legal Ethics in the Area of Bankruptcy Practice. Presented at Advanced Business Bankruptcy Short Course, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX., March 1988
Bankruptcy Law & Practice - Southern District of Texas. The Laredo-Webb County Bar Association, June 27, 1987
Bankruptcy Jurisdiction Procedure and Pleadings. Second Annual Real Estate Reorganization and Foreclosure Conference, National Business Institute, Houston, TX, April 9-11, 1987
Legal Ethics in the Area of Bankruptcy Practice. Presented at the Advanced Business Bankruptcy Short Course, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX., February 1987
Keynote Speaker First annual banquet Journal on Business and Tax Law University of Houston School of Law, Houston, TX., March 2001