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The UT Rooney Rule: An Introduction to UTS187

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Feb. 18, 2016. 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Courtesy of the University of Texas System Office of General Counsel Webinar Series.

Inspired by the National Football League’s “Rooney Rule,” UTS187 promotes one of Chancellor McRaven’s eight Quantum Leaps by driving equal opportunity and fairness in hiring and promotion processes. The rule will ensure that qualified women, men and members of underrepresented groups have an opportunity to be considered for senior leadership positions at every UT institution. Join us as we discuss the details and requirements of this important initiative and policy, and please feel free to forward this invitation to other UT System and institution employees who may be interested in this topic.

About the Presenters

Alan Marks
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Athletics Counsel, UT System Administration

Alan Marks is a member of the Office of Academic Affairs where he serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Athletics Counsel for the UT System. In his role as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Alan oversees administrative and policy issues concerning the general academic institutions. He collaborates with senior campus leaders to address critical issues and changes facing the campuses, including the formulation and implementation of new policies and development of new initiatives. His responsibilities include serving as the liaison to the Offices of Governmental Relations and General Counsel. Alan also is working closely with the Office of Health Affairs regarding the integration and development of the UT Austin Dell Medical School and the new UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. In his role as Athletics Counsel for the System, Alan works with the athletic directors and athletics compliance directors to ensure the institutions are in compliance with all applicable university, conference and NCAA rules and regulations.

Alan received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Louisiana State University where he was a member of the Psychology National Honor Society. He received his law degree from Tulane University Law School. Alan practiced law at the Texas Office of the Attorney General and at the law firms Clark, Thomas & Winters and Thompson & Knight, LLP, where he focused on health law, employment law and civil trial law.

Omar Syed
Senior Associate General Counsel, UT System Administration

Omar Syed is a Senior Associate General Counsel in the UT System Office of General Counsel, where he manages the General Law Section, a practice group that provides advice to UT institutions on employment law, student affairs, torts, and public information law. Omar received his Bachelor of Arts from The University of Chicago and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. After law school, Omar practiced administrative law and civil litigation as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota. He then prosecuted federal narcotics, violent and white-collar crimes as an Assistant United States Attorney in Minneapolis. Omar is a first-generation American.

Amy Shaw Thomas
Vice Chancellor for Academic and Health Affairs, UT System Administration

Amy Shaw Thomas is Vice Chancellor for Academic and Health Affairs with the UT System. Amy advises the UT System Board of Regents, Chancellor, Executive Officers, health and academic institution presidents, and senior leadership on complex business, operational, management, regulatory, legal, public policy and legislative issues affecting the $16.9 billion System. She also provides strategic advice and leads negotiations on health initiatives, transactions, and affiliations on behalf of System institutions, with their public and private partners. Amy is playing a key role in the development of the UT Austin Dell Medical School and the new UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. She joined the UT System Office of Governmental Relations in January 1997 and the Office of Health Affairs in September 2002.

Amy previously worked as Legislative Counsel and Director of Debt Management and Public Policy for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison when she was Texas State Treasurer. She also served on the staff of a US Senator in Washington, DC, and two members of the Texas Senate. She practiced public finance and general governmental law with the firms of Hutchison, Price, Boyle & Brooks, and Wickliff & Hall. Amy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Special Honors in Government. She earned her law degree from The University of Texas School of Law.