Richard L. Rose (’71, ’74)

Category: Alumni Service | Awards

From the beginning of his career, Richard Rose has been giving back to and serving UT, where he earned a BS in business administration in 1971 and a law degree in 1974. In his efforts on behalf of his alma mater and as founder, president, and director of the Coats Rose law firm in Houston, Texas, he has greatly benefited the university, the state of Tennessee, and the legal profession.

A specialist in real estate law, Rose has been named one of the best lawyers in America. His guidance has been invaluable in developing planned residential communities in Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta.

He established the Rose Dean’s Excellence Endowment, which provides funding for the dean of UT’s College of Law to advance the college through faculty and student support, and the Rose Distinguished Jurist in Residence Program, which has allowed UT to host three US Supreme Court justices and a former solicitor general on campus. The speaker endowment was recently converted to support the College of Law’s Legal Clinic, which allows students to gain valuable experience by representing real clients facing real legal issues.

Rose serves as a mentor to numerous UT law students and meets with them when he is on campus, and he has hosted alumni receptions and supported other College of Law events.

Rose has also been a leader for athletics during their capital campaigns, served on volunteer committees, and been a major donor. He was a longtime active member of the system-wide Development Council and has served on the UT President’s Council.

A founding member of the College of Law’s Dean’s Circle and Alumni Council, he has taken a leadership role in every campaign and was co-chair of the Journey to the Top 25 Campaign.
Richard L. Rose
2015 Alumni Service Award Winner