I am truly honored to serve as President of the University of Houston Law Center Alumni Association. I graduated from the Law Center in 2010 and have served on the Law Center Alumni Board for the last four years. I have a great affection for the Law Center and pledge to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni that I will dedicate my best efforts to advance the mission of the Alumni Association and the Law Center.
My three years at the Law Center were both challenging and formative. My legal education has been a great benefit and blessing to my family and me.
I want to thank Richard Whiteley ('99) for his service the last two years as President of the Alumni Association. Richard has been a tireless and dedicated leader. Among the many accomplishments during his tenure, Richard formed the Alumni Association's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and continued to elevate the prestige of the Alumni Awards. I have learned a great deal from Richard over the last few years, and we are thrilled that he will continue his leadership on the 100% Challenge Committee this year!
I want to thank Alex Roberts ('06) and his wife, Anne, who chaired an outstanding "Hollywood Swing" gala event this year that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Law Center! The Alumni Association is very pleased to announce that Tom Hetherington ('98) and his wife, Eyvette, have agreed to chair the Law Center Gala for 2018. Tom and Eyvette have been ardent supporters of the Law Center over the years, and we are all very lucky to have them as our upcoming gala chairs. Mark your calendars now for next year's Gala on Saturday, February 17—it will be an event not to be missed!
We are all very proud of our Dean, Leonard M. Baynes, who has brought an optimism and enthusiasm to the Law Center that has been unprecedented. Dean Baynes has set high goals for the Law Center. As you have likely heard, the University of Houston has launched a $1 billion capital campaign, the most ambitious in the institution's 90-year history. The campaign, "Here, We Go: The Campaign for the University of Houston," is designed to strategically move the university forward. The Law Center's fundraising priorities during the campaign include a new Law Center building, student scholarships and faculty endowments. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with Dean Baynes to achieve these objectives.
We will continue many of the great Law Center and Alumni Association events over the next two years, including our robust mentoring program, the Holiday Coffee and our Taste of Houston networking program, and are also excited to launch new initiatives. This fall, the Alumni Association will host an alumni weekend (October 27 and 28) featuring CLE programing, an "Arbitration" and a tailgate for Cougar football homecoming, as well as individual parties for the following class reunion years – 50+ years, 25 years and 10 years. We will continue the 100% Challenge, which brings together alumni and raises precious unrestricted funds for the Law Center that can be used to recruit faculty and law students.
Please encourage your friends and colleagues to attend our Alumni Association events and continue to support the Law Center. By committing to participate, we will grow stronger together! After all, We are Houston Law!