Professor Maureen Armour Retires

Maureen N Armour

Professor Maureen Armour

Co-Director of the Civil Clinic and Associate Professor of Law

Professor Maureen Armour earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a masters in social work from the University of California at Berkeley, and her J.D. degree from our very own SMU, where she was the valedictorian of her class.

After graduation, Professor Armour clerked for the Honorable Barefoot Sanders and then joined the law firm of Akin Gump Struss Hauer & Feld, where she rose to the level of partner.   We were fortunate enough to lure her to SMU in 1989, where she has served as a professor and the co-director of the Civil Clinic ever since. 

A few highlights from her almost thirty years at SMU:  Professor Armour has taught the Civil Clinic, Civil Rights Litigation, Conflicts, and Aging and the Law.  She has taught in Oxford and served as our Associate Dean for Clinics.  She was instrumental in developing our Child Advocacy Clinic, our externship program with Legal Services of North Texas, and a mediation clinic.  She has served on more law school and bar committees than she cares to remember.   She has been honored with the Louise Raggio Award from the Dallas Women Lawyers Association in 2001 and is the 2016 winner of the Willis M. Tate Award, a Student Senate Award that honors an outstanding faculty member who has been involved in student life.
And always, always, she has fought for the rights of those desperately in need of legal assistance.  She has fought for the rights of a disabled and paraplegic prisoner, securing one of the larger judgments ever awarded in a case brought by a law school clinic. She has represented nursing home residents and low-income tenants and the blind and those caught up in the criminal justice system, and even an occasional goat farmer.   As one of her former clinic students wrote, “Professor Armour was a great teacher and mentor. I found Professor Armour to be a rarity.  She was candid about the beauty as well as the shortcomings of the law.  I so admired her superior intellect and adored that wicked sense of humor.  My clinic experience is by far one of my fondest memories of my time in law school.”

Professor Armour has influenced the careers of countless law students and positively impacted the lives of so many in our community.   I am personally so grateful for her wisdom and passion and her absolute commitment to doing what is right, even when it’s hard. Professor Maureen Armour will be missed at the law school by all.