• LL.M., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1987
  • J.D., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1981
  • B.S., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1978

License to Practice

  • Texas
  • Illinois

Specialties and Courses

  • Basic personal property
  • Real property law and transactions
  • Landlord tenant law
  • Family law
  • Community property
  • Wills and estates
  • Trusts
  • Estate planning
  • Population law and policy
  • Land use planning
  • Human rights
  • Environmental law
  • Intellectual property


Mather served as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs from 1999 to 2002 and 2005 to 2016. She teaches in the areas of Property, Family Law, and Wills, Estates and Trusts. She has also offered courses in Planning and Drafting Wills and Trusts, Land Use Planning, Environmental Law, and Human Rights, particularly in the area of Population Law and Policy.

After graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law , she practiced in the areas of family law, real estate transactions, wills and trusts, landlord tenant and small business. She returned to the University of Illinois to complete her masters in law, concentrating on property and land use. She joined the faculty in 1985.

As Associate Dean, she worked with students, faculty and staff in a variety of areas, including assessment, academic support, curriculum development, disability services, student development, and other academic matters.

Her research interests include family law, gender and the law, land use planning, and the intersection of family law and wealth transfer at death.


  • Appointed as the Chair Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Committee, 2019 to 2020
  • Appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, 2018 to 2020
  • Appointed to the State Bar of Texas’s Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Committee, 2015-2020.
  • Phi Delta Phi Outstanding Professor Award, 1988-89, (shared award); 1993-94.
  • St. Mary’s University Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award, 2010-11.
  • Taught as a visiting professor at the University of Illinois and the University of Texas.
  • Taught in the St. Mary’s Institute on World Legal Problems, Innsbruck, Austria


Book Chapters

  • “Testamentary Transfers,” for Thompson on Real Property (Michie, 1994).
  • “Planned Unit Developments” and “Subdivision Controls” for The American Law of Real Property (Matthew Bender, 1991).
  • “Adult Entertainment Zoning,” for Rohan, Zoning and Land Use Controls (Matthew Bender, 1990).

Essays and Articles

Teaching Materials

  • Population Law and Policy (for Innsbruck program as needed).
  • Human Rights and Population Law and Policy (for Innsbruck program as needed).
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