Tom Featherston Appointed to Uniform Law Commission

April 10, 2019

Tom Featherston Appointed to Uniform Law Commission

Professor of Law Tom Featherston In His Office at Baylor Law.

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The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law has appointed trust, estate, and marital property law expert and Professor of Law Thomas M. (Tom) Featherston, Jr. as an advisor to the drafting committee charged with revising the Disposition of Community Property Rights at Death Act. As an advisor to the committee, Professor Featherston is charged with bringing his extensive legal expertise to the table and representing the viewpoints of the ABA during deliberations.

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC, also known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) was founded in 1892 to study and review the law of the states to determine which areas of law should be uniform. The ULC has commissioners from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Disposition of Community Property Rights at Death Act has not been revised since 1971.

Tom’s expertise in this area of the law, combined with his experience working on multiple legislative projects, make him an excellent choice and indispensable resource for the ULC’s committee.
–Dean Brad Toben, Baylor Law

“Tom’s expertise in this area of the law, combined with his experience working on multiple legislative projects, make him an excellent choice and indispensable resource for the ULC’s committee,” stated Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben, who added “We are so proud that Tom has been selected for this role, and more importantly, that he continues to have a passion for sharing his expertise with our students.”

Tom Featherston is the Baylor Mills Cox Professor of Law, the 2018 recipient of the Texas Bar Foundation’s Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award, and the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Probate Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given by the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Featherston is a frequent presenter at Continuing Legal Education sessions across the country in the area of marital property rights, trusts, and estates. In 2014, Professor Featherston co-chaired the State Bar of Texas’ cooperative efforts with the Texas Legislature's Legislative Council in re-codifying the Texas Probate Code, the first overhaul of Texas law affecting decedents' estates in more than 50 years. Featherston also provided oversight for multiple committees drafting new substantive legislation in the area of probate court venue and jurisdiction and independent administration. In addition, he has served as the academic resource for the Texas Legislative Council on issues that were raised during the non-substantive new probate code drafting process. He has also served as the Trusts and Estates articles editor of Probate & Property and currently serves on the faculty of its annual Skills Training for Estate Planners program in New York City.

Featherston earned his J.D. with highest honors from Baylor Law in 1972 after receiving his B.B.A. from Baylor University in 1971. After graduation, he entered private practice in Houston from 1972 through 1982. He joined the Baylor Law faculty in 1982 and was appointed the Mills Cox Chair in 1990.

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