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President's Notes

Fall 2011

On behalf of the University of Houston Law Alumni Association Board, I would like to thank you for your participation in all of our events and activities. It has been a great fall for UHLAA and for the University of Houston!

As you likely know, your Houston Cougars football team is undefeated (10-0), currently ranked number 11 in the Polls, and – with two more wins – could well achieve the school’s first-ever bid to a BCS Bowl Game! To give you a sense of how big this is: the Cougars are hosting the ESPN College Game Day crew this Saturday morning on the UH campus! I would encourage you to go see the team on Saturday and support them in front of a national television audience!

Given the College Game Day activities and all of the related excitement and events around campus, we have decided to postpone certain on-campus activities scheduled for this weekend’s Law Alumni Reunion Weekend (you thought parking was bad before….). If you were planning on attending the Reunion Weekend activities on campus or Saturday’s class dinners, please contact Hope Young for more information. We are still hosting a Happy Hour for all of our Law Alumni this Friday, so please join us:

Friday 11/18
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Grove Restaurant, 1611 Lamar

Looking past this weekend, we have a lot coming up in the next two months. We have The Holiday Coffee, A UHLAA Wine Tasting, and a CLE program and social on the Law of Rock n’ Roll. Please be sure to stay connected with these and all of our events by visiting the Alumni Calendar.

Trees for the University of Houston! I also wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about an important event scheduled for February 2012 that will allow us to give back to the Law Center community and leave our mark on the Houston community. If you live in Houston or have spent any time here this year, you are well aware of our current drought conditions - the worst on record. There are currently over 660 million trees in the Houston area and experts estimate the potential loss of trees due to the drought to be about ten percent of the total population. That’s 66 million dead trees. This means the city’s green canopy will be greatly reduced in five to ten years. Currently, the thick canopy of trees cools the entire area down, reduces the urban heat effect, beautifies and defines much of Houston.

In an effort to help, the University of Houston Law Alumni Association has teamed up with Trees For Houston – a volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to plant, protect and promote trees – to assist in the revitalization of our city by devoting a planting day around the campus area. We will supply the funds to buy the trees and the volunteers to plant them, and Trees for Houston will handle all of the logistics and will make sure that the trees are watered and cared for in the years to come. This is the only way that we can begin replacing the devastating impacts of this drought.

We hope you will help us improve Houston’s green canopy by encouraging your firms, families and friends to come out and support this great cause. This family oriented event will be an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and make a lasting impact on our city. We can’t do it without you! To learn more about the Planting Day Committee, volunteer opportunities, and critically needed sponsorships, please contact our Director of Alumni Relations, Hope Young.

In closing, I would just say that we are looking forward to a busy 2012 and we wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous 2012!

Bill Jackson ‘92
President, University of Houston Law Alumni Association
President and Shareholder, Jackson, Gilmour & Dobbs, PC

2011-2012 UH Law Alumni Association Board

President
Bill Jackson '92

President-elect
Tom Hetherington '98

Vice President
The Hon. Jeff V. Brown '95

Secretary
Susan L. Bickley '84

Directors
Damon Chargois '94
Laura Gibson '85
Jim M. Perdue, Jr. ‘93
Susan Sample LL.M. '96
Susan Sanchez '87
Kris Thomas '83
Laura M. Trenaman ‘97
Richard Whiteley ‘99

Ex Officio
Warren W. Harris '88

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