Richard M. Alderman earned his B.A. from Tulane University in 1968 and attended Syracuse University Law School, where he was graduated first in his class. After a year practicing poverty law with a legal service office, he attended the University of Virginia Law School and was awarded a Master of Law degree.
Dean Alderman has been a faculty member at the University of Houston Law Center since 1973. He is currently the Associate Dean and holder of the Dwight Olds Chair in Law. He also serves as the director of the Center for Consumer Law. Dean Alderman is a prolific author who has authored 20 books and numerous articles. His most recent publications include Consumer Credit and The Law, Consumer Protection and The Law, Texas Consumer Law: Cases and Materials, and The Lawyers Guide to the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. He also authored the 7th edition of Know Your Rights!, and the 2nd edition of Your Texas Business, for the layperson. Professor Alderman serves as the Editor-in-Chief of "The Journal of Commercial and Consumer Law," the quarterly newsletter of the Consumer Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. In 2007 Dean Alderman was awarded the University of Houston’s Teaching Excellence Award.
In addition to his responsibilities at the Law Center, Dean Alderman appears regularly as the "People's Lawyer" on radio, television and the newspaper. He currently appears on KTRK-TV, Channel 13 and has a syndicated newspaper column, entitled “Know Your Rights.” Professor Alderman has twice received the highest honor given by the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas for his work in educating the public about the law. In 1999 the Mayor and City Council of Houston declared October 16th as Richard Alderman day in recognition of his contribution to the city.