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UH Law Alumni Association Awards

       It is our pleasure to congratulate the recipients of the University of Houston Law Center Alumni Awards. The recipients will be
      honored at the 39th Annual Law Gala & Auction on March 6th. Many thanks to all who participated in the nomination process.

Richard Alderman                                  honor Silver Gavels from the Texas Bar and has    Law Review and now published by Jones Mc-
                                                  been recognized by the American Bar Associa-      Clure Publishing. A member of the American
                                                  tion for his work in educating the public about   Law Institute, he is chairman of the board of
                                                  the law. In 1999, the mayor and city council      the Houston Law Review. He has served as
                                                  of Houston declared October 16 as Richard         an adjunct law professor at the University
                                                  Alderman Day in recognition of his contribu-      of Houston and taught constitutional law at
                                                  tion to the city.                                 the National Judicial College. He also served
                                                                                                    several years as vice-president of the University
                                                  Jeff Brown ’95                                    of Houston Law Alumni Association.

                                                                                                    Kimberly Frye, ’97

Former Professor Richard Alderman, who held       Jeff Brown was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry       Kimberly Frye joined Key Energy Services, Inc.
the Dwight Olds Chair in Law and serves as di-    to a vacancy on the Supreme Court of Texas in     in October 2002 as associate general counsel.
rector of the Consumer Law Center, joined the     2013. In 2014, he won a statewide election to     She handled a wide variety of corporate and
faculty of the University of Houston law school   retain the seat. A sixth-generation Texan, Judge  securities matters, including issues arising
in 1973. He most recently served as associate     Brown was born and raised in Dallas County.       from the company’s delayed financial report-
dean and interim dean. A 1968 graduate of Tu-     He became an Eagle Scout at age 16. He re-        ing process beginning in 2004 and culminating
lane University, Alderman graduated first in his  ceived a B.A. in English from the University of   in the re-listing of Key’s stock on the NYSE in
class from Syracuse University Law School and     Texas at Austin and his law degree, magna cum     October 2007. In July 2008, she was promoted
practiced poverty law in a legal services office  laude, from the University of Houston. While      to senior vice president and general counsel.
before earning a Master’s of Law degree from      in law school, he served as chief note and com-
the University of Virginia Law School.            ment editor of the Houston Law Review and         Prior to joining Key, Frye was an attorney
                                                  as class representative on the Student Bar As-    with Porter & Hedges, L.L.P. in Houston. Her
Upon joining the UH faculty, Alderman pursued     sociation. He was also a member of the Order      experience includes private and public of-
his interest in consumer law, which he felt was   of the Coif, the Order of the Barons, Phi Delta   ferings of equity and debt securities, venture
an area of law that was not widely recognized.    Phi, and was awarded a Dean’s Scholarship.        capital transactions, acquisitions and sales of
He founded the Consumer Law Center and be-                                                          privately and publicly held companies, equity
came known as “The People’s Lawyer” through       After law school, he worked as a law clerk for    compensation, SEC reporting and compliance,
his many appearances on local and national        the Supreme Court of Texas, first for Justice     formation and structuring of startup ventures
media outlets and his own syndicated newspaper    Jack Hightower, a Democrat, then for Justice      and corporate governance.
column, “Know Your Rights!”                       Greg Abbott, a Republican. He later joined
                                                  Baker Botts in Houston where he had a diverse     Prior to attending law school, Frye worked
Alderman has given more than 1,000 presenta-      civil litigation practice, trying jury cases      as a federal bank examiner for the FDIC. She
tions to community groups and associations, and   throughout southeast Texas. He is board certi-    received her B.S. in corporate finance and
has appeared regularly on Houston television      fied in civil trial law.                          investment management from the University
stations, most recently KTRK-TV Channel 13,                                                         of Alabama in 1991 and her J.D. from UHLC
for more than 30 years. Among his countless       In 2001, Perry appointed him to the 55th Dis-     in 1997.
appearances on radio, television, and in newspa-  trict Court, where he served until 2007, when
pers, Alderman was featured on a segment of the   the governor appointed him to the 14th Court      Frye is a member of the State Bar of Texas and
Oprah Winfrey show.                               of Appeals. In 2013, his colleagues chose him to  the Texas General Counsel Forum. Featured
                                                  serve as interim chief justice of the court.      in the November 2008 issue of Corporate
Alderman also began and continues to conduct                                                        Counsel, she was also a finalist for the Houston
“The People’s Law School,” the oldest and most    Judge Brown is co-author of the “Texas Rules      Business Journal’s 2009 “Outstanding Corpo-
successful law program for the lay person in the  of Evidence Handbook,” a 1,100-page scholarly
nation. More than 55,000 people have attended     treatise originally published by the Houston
his “school” since its inception.

Alderman has written more than 20 books and
numerous articles, appearing in publications in
South Korea, Serbia, Japan, Spain, and Mexico.
His books on the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices
Act and Consumer Credit and Consumer Protec-
tion are the best-selling in the field.

He has received numerous awards, including
a university-wide teaching award and highest

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