Oliver Houck is an award-winning law professor who specializes in environmental, natural resources and criminal law. He regularly appears as counsel in legal proceedings involving wildlife, wetland, coastal and pollution issues and publishes regularly about these subjects.
He has also published two books on environmental lawsuits around the globe: Down on the Batture and Taking Back Eden.
Early Life and Education
Oliver Houck is an associate professor of law at Tulane University in New Orleans and has won multiple teaching awards. As an active participant in legal proceedings pertaining to wildlife, wetland, coastal and pollution control issues, he regularly publishes on these subjects.
Houck was born in Collinsville, Illinois and attended the University of Missouri as an undergraduate baseball player. While at Missouri he received several honors including winning the Felix Frankfurter Award and Tulane’s Distinguished Graduate Teaching Scholar status. Houck has since gone on to be honored as Louisiana Conservationist of the Year as well as Gambit Magazine’s New Orleanian of the Year by Gambit Magazine and serving on litigation boards of National Wildlife Federation and Environmental Defense Fund litigation teams as well as being named an Academy Member by his peers – his book Downstream Toward Home covers rivers of America!
Oliver Houck has over four decades of experience practicing law and writing on environmental, natural resources and criminal law matters. A professor at Tulane University where he has received multiple teaching awards. Oliver also regularly participates in legal proceedings regarding wildlife issues including wetland issues as well as coastal concerns.
Houck was impressive in his three-game major league debut, showing an electric wipeout slider, two different types of fastballs and an unconventional delivery. A Red Sox first-round draft pick, Houck has both an outstanding floor and ceiling for future success that make him one of the organization’s most promising young pitchers.
However, his lack of an impactful secondary pitch and high-effort delivery might push him towards bullpen work; yet, his ideal frame and lively fastball profile suggest he could fill a mid-rotation spot someday.
Achievement and Honors
Oliver Houck is the author of several books about the environment, such as his riveting account of an idea – that people can go to court to defend nature – that has spread around the globe with ripple effects impacting both imperiled habitats and systems of justice and democracy. His books on environmental law include The Clean Water Act and Stories About Environmental Law; as well as Biodiversity and the Law: Foreword by him. Tulane University Law Professor Greg Green’s classes emphasize the intersections between ecology and law, taking his students on field trips into coastal ecosystems like Louisiana’s Pearl and Atchafalaya swamps for field excursions. As an outstanding professor he was awarded both Tulane’s Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teacher Award as well as Gambit magazine’s New Orleans Conservationist of the Year Award by Gambit magazine.
Oliver Houck has been actively engaged in environmental law since the early l970s, serving as National Wildlife Federation National Counsel and Vice President. Additionally, he teaches at Tulane University and sits on several boards including Environmental Law Institute and Defenders of Wildlife as well as litigation boards for both American Bar Association (ABA) and Natural Resources Section ABA litigation boards.
Rey is married and has two daughters. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing and gardening – as well as spending time with his two cocker spaniels Trouble and Taz! Rey is also a member of Temple Baptist Church in Ruston as well as Ruston Lodge 106 F&AM – plus enjoys reading western novels and watching old western movies!
Houck is one of the richest baseball managers in the world, worth an estimated $10 Million and serving four years in the Army, including participating in the Battle of the Bulge where he earned a Purple Heart, Silver Star and Bronze Star medal for valor.
He currently owns at least 97,664 shares of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co stock and has conducted at least two trades of them since 2015. His largest sale occurred on 2 June 2015 when he sold 10,000 RRD stocks for $194,100. He is well known for his charitable works; his foundation has raised money to assist Boston’s poor and homeless as well as supporting Massachusetts veterans.