Jean Fleming Powers

Professor of Law

B.A., The University of Texas
J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Areas of Expertise

  • Contracts
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Remedies



Office: 606T

Professor Powers teaches Contracts, Professional Responsibility and Remedies. She has taught in two summer abroad programs in London, and in the past has taught courses at the University of Houston Law Center.

Professor Powers writes on contracts, remedies and professional responsibility issues. She has built on her many years of teaching contract law to focus on developing theories of contract doctrine. She has used her experience with teaching professional responsibility and with bar activities as inspiration for addressing current issues in professionalism. Her articles have appeared in law reviews at Maine, Arkansas, Utah, South Texas College of Law Houston and Golden Gate, and in several bar journals. She has made several presentations on professional responsibility topics.

Professor Powers has been very involved in local and state bar activities and in her local schools and community. She has served actively on many committees at South Texas College of Law Houston and has otherwise immersed herself in the life of South Texas College of Law Houston, where she has had the honor to teach for over 20 years.


Farash v Sykes Datatronics, Inc., in the Best and Worst of Contracts Decisions: an Anthology. 45 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 1008 (2018)

Paying for What You Get–Restitution Recovery for Breach of Contract, 38 Pace L. Rev. 501 (2018).

Advantages of the One-Client Model in Insurance Defense, 45 N.M. L. Rev. 79 (2014).

Comparing Exceptions To Privileg And Confidentiality Relating To Crime, Fraud, And Harm–Can Hard Cases Make Good Law? 79 UMKC L. Rev. 61 (2010).

Promissory Estoppel and Wagging the Dog, 59 Ark. L. Rev. 841 (2007).

Rethinking Moral Obligation as a Basis for Contract Recovery, 54 Me. L. Rev. 1 (2002).

Going Too Far to Achieve Harmony, 41 S. Tex. L. Rev. 203 (1999).

What the Market Will Bear Questions About Limits on Attorneys’ Fees, 36 Hous. Law., Nov.-Dec. 1998, at 23.

Ethical Implications of Attorneys Requiring Clients to Submit Malpractice Claims to ADR, 38 S. Tex. L. Rev. 625 (1997).

Recent Developments in Direct Mail Solicitation, 18 Dallas B. Ass’n Headnotes, Feb. 15, 1994, at 4.

A Matter of Trust: Lawyer Trust Accounts in Texas, 56 Tex. B.J. 466 (1993).

Expanded Liability and the Intent Required in Third Party Beneficiary Contracts, 1993 Utah L. Rev. 67.

Lawyer Advertising in Texas and the Supreme Court Cases, 17 Dallas B. Ass’n Headnotes, Feb. 15, 1993, at 1.

Hate Crimes on the Rise, Newsl. (Law Focused Education, A Publication of the State Bar of Texas, Austin, Tex.), Apr. 1992, at 1.

Testamentary Designations of Attorneys and Other Employees, 20 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 261 (1990).

Lawyer Advertising-Past, Present, and Future, 53 Tex. B.J. 1005 (1990).


Presenter, 12TH Annual International Conference on Contracts (KCONXII) February 24, 2017.

Moderator, New Scholars Workshop, Panel #5, Annual Meeting: Southeastern Association of Law schools, Palm Beach, FL, July 2010.

Ethics Fast Track, Real Estate Law Conference (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 2008). (Tab E)

Ethics and Multi-jurisdictional Representation (ethics topic), Real Estate Law Conference (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 2007). (Tab Q)

Ethics for Employment Lawyers from Outside Counsel’s Perspective, Employment Law: Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1998). (with Richard Carlson) (Tab G)

CV (PDF format)