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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 were
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                 honored at the 41  Annual Law Gala & Auction on March 25. Many thanks to all who participated in the nomination process.

                                          Judge Mary Bacon forged a long and highly   ment, she was often seen ordering her signature
                                          successful legal career that she could not have   quad-shot latte on her way to the courthouse to
                                          dreamed of decades ago as a young college dropout  serve as a visiting judge).  In 1999, Gov. George W.
                                          and mother of four children.            Bush appointed her to the Texas Board of Criminal
                                          In 1949, at the age of 19, Mary Baker left school to   Justice, where she focused on furthering employ-
                                          marry Bob Bacon. She returned to college while   ment education for female prisoners.
                                          raising her kids, completing  her degree at Georgia  Bacon never wavered from her view that everyone
                                          State University in 1967, and enrolled in law   who appeared in her courtroom was entitled to
                                          school in 1969; there were fewer than 10 women   the same respect she was afforded on account of
                                          in her class. After graduation, she hung her shingle   her gavel and elevated chair. She credits her superb
                                          outside a one-room office in a converted motel off   staff and the excellence of the Houston defense bar
                                          the Katy Freeway, where she developed a thriv-  for making her years on the bench such a pleasure.
                                          ing family law practice. She also enthusiastically   Bacon is grateful to the Law Center for help-
            The Honorable Mary            engaged with the Houston Bar, including serving   ing her launch her vibrant professional career.
                                          as editor of The Houston Lawyer and as president
                                                                                  She is proud of her namesake award, which was
            E. Bacon ’72                  of the Association of Houston Women Attorneys.  endowed by her children and provides an annual
            ALUMNA OF THE YEAR            In 1981, she was appointed as associate judge to   cash award to Law Center students who are rais-
                                          state District Judge Henry Schuble. Two years later,  ing families. She is pleased that the Law Center’s
            In recognition of exceptional   Gov. Mark White appointed Bacon to the 338th   class of 2019 is nearly half women; she hopes that
            achievement and noteworthy    Criminal District Court, where she served until   they and their fellow graduates enjoy their careers
            contribution to the UH Law Center   retiring in 1998 (although even after her retire-  as much as she has.
            and the UH Law Alumni Association

                                          Bill Jackson credits his Law Center training,   and is serving on the executive committee of
                                          and plenty of hard work, for his success today   the University of Houston’s $1 billion capital
                                          in the field of environmental litigation. And that   campaign. He is a former president of the
                                          knowledge and skill — along with that same work   University of Houston Law Alumni Association.
                                          ethic — are evident in the tireless effort he has put   In his decade on the Law Alumni Board, Jackson
                                          in over the years supporting the school.   also spearheaded various philanthropic efforts
                                          “My education and time at the Law Center formed   benefitting the Law Center, including chairing the
                                          the foundation of my legal career and provided   A.A. White Society. In 2014, Jackson chaired the
                                          me the tools I needed to succeed in practice,” said   38th Annual Law Gala and received the Dean’s
                                          Jackson, co-chair of Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP’s   Award for outstanding service to the Law Center.
                                          national Environmental Practice Group and the   Last fall, Jackson was an adjunct professor at the
                                          managing partner of its Texas offices. “I worked   Law Center, teaching a class on the law of natural
                                          through my second and third years of law school,   resource damages liability. Previously, he served
                                          and that experience, together with the practical   as a guest lecturer in environmental law and as an
            William J. Jackson ’92        skills and learning that the Law Center afforded   adviser to the University of Houston Law Center’s
                                          me, taught me the value of hard work and prepared  Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal.
            PRESIDENT’S AWARD             me well for the practice of law.”       While in school, he served as an associate editor
            In recognition of outstanding   Since graduating in 1992, Jackson has represented   of the Houston Law Review and was awarded the
            commitment, service and dedication to   both public and private sector clients in many of   Harold Sellers Scholarship as the top student in his
            UH Law Center students and alumni   the most significant environmental and natural   first year section.
                                          resource damages matters in the country. In 2015,   “I continue to volunteer my time for the Law
                                          he led the team that the Texas Lawyer named as   Center, because the law school is an important
                                          the “Specialty Litigation Group of the Year” for   part of Houston and our entire community,” he
                                          environmental litigation in Texas.      said. “We all need to have the Law Center serve as
                                          Jackson’s volunteer work on behalf of the Law   a hub for legal excellence and an institution that
                                          Center is equally impressive. He currently serves   fosters legal learning and leadership. I want to help
                                          as president-elect of the University of Houston   the University of Houston in its $1 billion capital
                                          Law Foundation Board. He is also chairing the   campaign and to see a new Law Center building as
                                          Foundation’s Law School Building Committee   part of that effort.”
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