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A native of Philadelphia, Leebron is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He began teaching in 1980 at the UCLA School of Law and in 1983 at the NYU law school. In 1989, Leebron joined the faculty of Columbia University School of Law where, in 1996, he was appointed dean. Currently part of the political science faculty at Rice, Leebron is an expert on international human rights, trade and corporate finance.<p>He became the seventh president of Rice University in July, 2004. Rice is also home to the James Baker III Institute for Public Policy and highly ranked music, architecture, natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, humanities and business schools. <p> Dr. Leebron is leading the university through a period of growth based on the 10-point Vision for the Second Centruy he launched during his first three years in office. <p>He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the American Association of Law, American Bar Association, American Law Deans Association, American Society of International Law and IMAX Corporation. Leebron frequently speaks at symposia and conferences on international trade law, foreign investment, harmonization, product liability, privacy, corporate law and legal education.