Desireé C. Slaybaugh joined the UNT Dallas College of Law faculty in 2022 and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Law. Professor Slaybaugh teaches Civil Procedure, Contracts, and Business Associations.
Professor Slaybaugh received her law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law as the recipient of a full presidential scholarship. During law school, she served on the Texas Wesleyan Law Review, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the Texas Young Lawyers’ Association. She subsequently received her LLM in Latin American and International Law from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was the sole 2015 graduate to be recognized by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies.
Before joining UNT Dallas College of Law, Professor Slaybaugh taught at Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. From 2018 to 2020, she served as aWesterfield Teaching Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and during the 2020 – 2021 academic year, she was a visiting professor at William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Prior to her academic career, Professor Slaybaugh practiced in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at Baron & Budd, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Parker McDonald Trial Lawyers. She handled property matters, eminent domain issues, and large-scale products liability lawsuits. Additionally, during her years in practice, she also provided pro bono services to legal non-profits fighting against human rights abuses.
The focal point of Professor Slaybaugh’s research and scholarship is regulated industries, often with a particular focus on legal issues affecting the wine industry. Her work is influenced by six years spent working in the Texas wine industry. Additionally, her pro bono and educational background has sparked research projects addressing humanitarian law and related human rights issues.
Professor Slaybaugh is admitted to practice as a member of the State Bar of Texas, and she is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.