Elaine A. Carlson





Elaine A. Carlson
Professor of Law
The Stanley J. Krist Distinguished Professor of Texas Law

“Knowledge is divine! It is freedom from one's past, it is the power to change one's future, and perhaps that of all mankind. But knowledge is not enough. Something more than education is required for acting well. It is the totality of the lawyer- their knowledge, beliefs, and especially their actions that, in the end, determine how we do. Our challenge as legal educators is to develop the total person- so that our students may truly serve not only their clients, but our society as a whole.”

BS, Southern Illinois University
MA, McMaster University
J.D., Houston College of Law

Email: ecarlson@stcl.edu

Phone: 713.646.1870

Office: 755T

Areas of expertise: pre-trial, trial & appellate civil procedure, professional responsibility, and developments in litigation.

Elaine Allison Grafton Carlson is the Stanley J. Krist Distinguished Professor of Law at Houston College of Law, where she teaches Texas Pretrial Procedure, Texas Trial and Appellate Procedure, and litigation related seminars. She is the co-author of  the six volume treatise McDonald & Carlson, Texas Civil Practice, published by West.  She is also a co-author of two Texas Civil Procedure law textbooks and she has authored numerous law review and CLE articles on a wide variety of procedural issues. Professor Carlson is an appointed member of the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, Evidence and Professionalism and has also served on the Texas Supreme Court Task Forces on Ancillary Proceedings, Code of  Judicial Conduct, Judicial Speech, and Civil Justice Reform.  She is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Professor Carlson is a frequent lecturer at conferences on cutting edge civil procedure matters and has made presentations to the Texas Legislature, the bench and the bar.  She has served as an appointee on the Civil Appellate Law Exam Commission as well as on the Civil Trial Law Exam  & Personal Injury Trial Law Exam Commission.

In 2008, Professor Carlson  received the Texas Lawyer Extraordinary Women In Texas Law Award and was also honored as Alumni of the Year of Houston College of Law. She has been the recipient of the Texas Bar Foundation Outstanding Law Review Award as well as the Vinson & Elkins Faculty Excellence Award.  Professor Carlson graduated summa cum laude from South Texas and served on the editorial board of the law review.  Before becoming a professor, she served as a briefing attorney for Justice James Wallace at the First Court of Appeals in Houston and as a member of the litigation section of Gulf Oil. 

Curriculum Vitae(pdf)

Offer of Judgment State Provisions

Texas Pretrial Procedure

Chapter 11, Disposition Without Trial

Texas Trial and Appellate Procedure

No-Evidence Summary Judgments in Texas

1999 Texas Discovery Rules

Discovery Rules Disposition Table

Discovery Tools

Overview of Proposed Changes to Texas Discovery Rules of Civil Procedure

Bibliography of Writings






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