Manuel D. Leal
Professor of Law

Fall 2013 Federal Jurisdiction Syllabus
Spring 2014 Banktuptcy Seminar Syllabus
 
 
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Manuel D. Leal

Phone: (713) 313-1131
Email: mleal@tmslaw.tsu.edu
Joined the faculty in 2004.

Additional Biographical Information

  • Adjunct Professor, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (1989-2004)
  • Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas (1993-1996)
  • Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas (1983-2004)
  • Judge, 308th State District Court, Harris County, Texas (1982-1983)
  • Associate Judge, 308th District Court, Family Trial Division, Harris County, Texas (1981)
  • Associate Judge, 264th District Court, Family Trial Division, Harris County, Texas (1979-1981) (intermittently)
  • Adjunct Professor, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX (1990-1991)
  • Associate Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX (1980-1982)
  • Teaching Assistant, New York University School of Law, New York, NY (1980)
  • Assistant United States Attorney (1983)
  • Attorney in Civil Trial Practice, Law Offices of Gus J. Zgourides (1976-1980)

Additional Publications  

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  • 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. B. J. 822 (1986).

       Selected Presentations

  • Keynote Speaker, BALSA 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

Affiliations -return to top-
  • 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
  • Past President and Founder, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • State Bar Committee on Opportunities for Minorities
  • Council for National Policy
  • 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

Awards -return to top-
  • 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, awarded by Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority, METRO, 1997
  • Chairman Emeritus, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Founder