George W. Jordan III of intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould recently received the Houston Bar Foundation award for the Outstanding Legal Article published in The Houston Lawyer in 2004. George was recognized for his contribution at the Houston Bar Foundation's Annual Luncheon on February 2, 2005 at the Houston Club in Houston, Texas.
George's article, titled "Race-Conscious University Admissions: Challenges in Attaining Student Body Diversity in the Grutter/Gratz Era" focuses on the Supreme Court decisions of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger this past June, which offered new guidance for analyzing whether a university's race-conscious admission policies violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. In an effort to aid universities with the urgent new challenge in pursuing student body diversity, the article explores Grutter and Gratz with an emphasis on the concepts of student body diversity, a "critical mass of underrepresented minorities," "individualized consideration," point systems, race-neutral alternatives, and durational requirements. George's article concludes with the messages that Gratz and Grutter offer universities, applicants, talented underrepresented minorities, and those opposed to the use of race in university admission policies.
George's practice is primarily focused on intellectual property litigation and trial work with an emphasis on patent disputes. His patent litigation experience has encompassed a wide range of technology areas, including semiconductors, telecommunications, computers, oil field equipment, medical devices and automotive systems. George has also counseled clients on other patent matters, including licensing, opinions and prosecution.