President's Note - University of Houston Law Alumni Association
September 2009

President
Warren W. Harris ’88

Directors
Leslie Kiefer Amann ’87
Susan L. Bickley ’84
The Honorable Jeff Brown ’95
Damon Chargois ’94
Sean Gorman ’88
James Grace ’92
Tom Hetherington ’98
William “Bill” Jackson ’92
Michael A. Lee ’90
Elaine McAnelly ’82
Ann Ryan Robertson ’77 LL.M ’05
Susan Sample LL.M. ’96 
Susan Sanchez ’87
Susan Stanton ’92 
Richard Wilson ’84

Ex Officio
Jim M. Perdue, Jr. ’93

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Warren HarrisWow! What an unbelievable game this weekend between our Coogs and Texas Tech! And while everyone is still busy calculating our chances of playing in a major bowl game, let me tell you about another winner: Tom Hetherington, Class of 1998.

Tom played football for the Rice Owls, and he parlayed his degrees from Rice and the Law Center into a great firm at Edison, McDowell & Hetherington LLP. As busy as he is, Tom found time to chair our Law Firm & Corporate Challenge Program – and he turned it into a huge success.

The Law Firm & Corporate Challenge Program encourages Law Center alumni at participating firms and businesses to make annual contributions to the UH Law Fund. The program debuted in the ‘07-‘08 fiscal year, and I join Tom in thanking the men and women who served as captains in their respective organizations and drummed up critical support for the Law Center and its programs.

If you work at a firm or business that is NOT currently participating, or if you would like to become more involved in this effort, I encourage you to contact Tom Hetherington at 713/337-5583. FYI, here’s the list of forward-thinking organizations that made last year’s program a great success, including the dozen that achieved participation rates of between 50% and 100%.

Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. (50%+)
Andrews Kurth LLP
Baker & Hostetler LLP (100%)
Baker Botts L.L.P. (100%)
Beirne, Mayard & Parsons, L.L.P.
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP (100%)
Chamberlain Hrdlicka (50%+)
Coats Rose Yale Ryman & Lee (75%+)
Edison, McDowell & Hetherington LLP (100%)
ExxonMobil
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. (50%+)
Gardere
Haynes and Boone, LLP (75%+)
Howrey LLP
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
Mayer Brown LLP (50%+)
Porter & Hedges LLP
Royston Rayzor
Shell Oil Company
Thompson & Knight LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (50%+)
Winstead PC (50%+)

Okay, back to football. If you want to share in the electricity crackling throughout the UH campus (and trust me: it's there!), here’s your chance. On Saturday, Oct. 24, we will host our UH Law Alumni Association's Third Annual Tailgate Party prior to the UH v. SMU Football Game. Tailgate activities begin at 4 p.m. and the game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost a paltry $15 – and I guarantee you will have a terrific time socializing with your fellow Law Center alumni and watching a great game. There’s only one catch: if you’re interested, you need to RSVP by clicking here – and you need to do it NOW! We’ll even include a Law Alumni T-shirt for every ticket you buy.

It’s a great time to be a Law Center alum, and I’m looking forward to seeing you and the rest of our outstanding team on Oct. 24!

Warren

Warren W. Harris
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
warren.harris@bgllp.com
713-221-1490