Professor of Law
Conflict of Laws
International Aspects of U.S. Income Taxation
International Business Transactions
B.A., Harvard University
J.D., Harvard University
Professor Laity grew up in the United States and the Netherlands, was educated at Harvard, and practiced law in Texas before joining the faculty. After graduation from Harvard Law School, Professor Laity joined the Dallas firm of Kilgore & Kilgore and was elected a partner five years later. He subsequently joined the Houston office of the firm of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges. During his twelve years of private practice, Professor Laity was a transactional lawyer with a general business practice that emphasized the representation of organizations in the financial and energy sectors of the international economy.
Professor Laity researches and writes about international and U.S. tax law. He is a member of the International Fiscal Association and the American Society for International Law. He has chaired committees on international tax law for the American Bar Association and is a member of the Texas Bar. Professor Laity served as Interim Dean during 2011-2012 and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs during 2006-2011 and 2012-2017.