Curriculum Vita

Paul J. Batista, JD, is an Associate Professor in the Sport Management Division in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. He served as Division Chair and Associate Department Head from 2010-2014. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School in 1976, and his B.S. in Business Administration from Trinity University in 1973. In 2013 he earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in European Sports Law and Policy presented by the Faculty of Law, University of Leuven, Belgium.

Prior to joining the Texas A&M faculty full time in 1998, he engaged in the private practice of law, primarily in his own firm in Caldwell, Texas. He was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1993, licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 1977, is a certified Mediator and Arbitrator, and has been elected a Life Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation. He has also served as County Judge of Burleson County, Texas, from 1995-98 presiding over the County Court hearing civil, criminal, juvenile, probate, and other types of court cases, as well as being responsible for the administrative and budgeting operations of the County.

He was appointed Texas A&M Faculty Athletics Representative by University President Michael Young effective September 1, 2016. He has taught the Legal Aspects of Sport classes to both undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M since 1991. In 2015 he was presented with the Texas A&M Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in International Teaching by the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. He has also received the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, the Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence, and has been named a Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar. His teaching evaluations average 4.93 on a 5 point scale.

He is a member and Past-President of the Sport and Recreation Law Association, and was named a member of the inaugural class of Research Fellows. In 2015 he was named the recipient of the Betty van der Smissen Leadership Award, the highest award presented by the Sport and Recreation Law Association. His primary research interest is sports related liability issues in school settings, with particular emphasis on First Amendment religion and free speech issues. His research publications appear in journals such as the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, Marquette Sports Law Review, The University of California Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal, The University of Texas Journal of Entertainment and Sport Law, Sport Marketing Quarterly, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, among others. Since 2000, he has delivered over 85 research presentations at numerous conferences, continuing legal education seminars, and Law Schools throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Slovenia and South Korea. He is an affiliated faculty member of the Texas A&M Center for Sport Management Research and Education. 

He is a former NCAA Division I scholarship athlete on a top-10 nationally-ranked baseball team at Trinity University. During his active law practice, he represented professional athletes and was certified as a Contract Advisor by the National Football League Players Association for almost 12 years before accepting his full time position at A&M. He continues his involvement in these activities as a member of the A&M Pro Sports Panel, which advises student-athletes preparing for a career as a professional athlete, and teaches a class relating to the athlete agent business.

He also leads the 5-week Sport Business in Europe study abroad to Germany and Austria each summer, and the 2-week graduate student Munich Sport Business program in association with the Munich Business School.



Baylor University, Law School, J.D., 1976
Trinity University, B.S., Business Administration, 1973

Postdoctoral Study

Certificate of Advanced Studies in European Sports Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Leuven, Belgium, 2013

Harvard Law School, Internet Law Program, 2001

Professional Licenses

Admitted to Bar of the United States Supreme Court, 1993
Admitted to State Bar of Texas, 1977

Judicial Experience

Judge, Burleson County, Texas, 1995-1998

Professional Honors and Awards

2016     Named Faculty Athletics Representative by President Young

2015     Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in International Teaching at Texas A&M University, George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation

2015     Betty van der Smissen Leadership Award, Sport and Recreation Law Association

2012     Research Fellow, Sport and Recreation Law Association

2008     Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence ("SLATE"), Texas A&M University

2004     Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, Texas A&M University

2004     Montague - Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar Award, Texas A&M University

2001, '07, '12, '17     Teacher of the Year, Sport Management Division, Texas A&M University

1996     Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (election year)