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            Michelle Gray ’11                   Ricky A. Raven ’86                  The Honorable Eva M.

            RISING STAR AWARD                   DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION             Guzman
            In recognition of future promise and notable   AWARD                    HONORARY ALUMNA AWARD
            commitment to the UH Law Center     In recognition of significant achievement to-  In recognition of outstanding dedication to the
                                                ward developing a more diverse and inclusive   UH Law Center
            Michelle Gray is a founding partner   legal community
            at Fogler, Brar, Ford, O’Neil & Gray                                    Eva Guzman was appointed to the Supreme
            LLP, a lean trial firm. She represents   Ricky A. Raven is a member of the Reed   Court of Texas in 2009, making history as the
            both individuals and corporations,   Smith Complex Litigation Group and   first Latina to sit on the state’s highest civil court.
            plaintiffs and defendants. She has   serves as co-leader of the Mass & Toxic   The next year, she became the first Hispanic
            tried cases to juries and arbitrators.    Torts team. He is a trial lawyer who   woman elected to statewide office in Texas and
            Her areas of practice include ethics   focuses on products liability and mass tort   was re-elected in 2016. A proud Texan, Guzman
            and legal malpractice, construction   litigation. For the past 25 years, he has had   strives for excellence in her work on our state’s
            disputes, dealership disputes and general   first-chair trial responsibilities on behalf of   highest civil court and believes “a judge’s highest
            commercial litigation.              Honeywell International, Inc.’s national trial   duty is to uphold the Constitution.”
            Gray is on the board of the Houston   team in multidistrict litigation involving   She previously served as a justice on the
            Young Lawyers’ Foundation and is    Bendix brakes. He is also a member of   Houston-based Fourteenth Court of Appeals
            a past board member of the Federal   the national trial team for Union Carbide   and as judge of the 309th District Court in
            Bar Association and the Houston Law   Canada involving its personal watercraft   Harris County. Now in her 16th year on the
            Review. She is active as a Friend of Child   litigation. Being assigned to national   bench, Guzman consistently receives high
            Advocates, and for the past two years,   trial teams, Raven works effectively   marks in judicial evaluation polls as well as
            she chaired the Houston Young Lawyers’   with numerous local counsels across the   accolades from professional, civic and law
            Adopt-an-Angel program. For the past   United States and North America. He has   enforcement groups.
            two years, Super Lawyers has named her   first-chaired more than 115 jury trials to
            a “Texas Rising Star.”              verdict. In 1998, a trial verdict decision in   As the Supreme Court’s liaison to the Texas
            Prior to starting Fogler Brar, Gray was   Jefferson County, Texas, was designated   Access to Justice Commission, Guzman works
                                                                                    to expand access to justice in civil legal matters
                                                one of the Top 10 Verdicts in the United
            an associate at one of Houston’s top   States by National Law Journal. Raven has   for low-income Texans. She also chairs the
            litigation boutiques and clerked for   represented major chemical companies in   high court’s Permanent Judicial Commission
            U.S. District Judge David Hittner. She   federal litigation across the United States   for Children, Youth, and Families, working
            graduated from the Law Center at the top   arising under the CERCLA and RCRA   with leaders across the state to help those
            of her class and is a highly supportive and   Superfund statutes. These matters involved   most vulnerable. She also serves with other
            engaged alumna through her involvement   all facets of Superfund litigation, including   institutions within the legal community as a
            with the Annual Law Gala & Auction,   issues relating to the identification of   member of the board of trustees for The Center
            Student Scholarships and Awards and the   principally responsible parties, selection of   for American and International Law; the Duke
            Law Annual Fund. While in school, she   remedy, cost recovery and contribution.   University School of Law Board of Visitors; the
            served as editor-in-chief of the Houston   A former criminal prosecutor, Raven   board of trustees of South Texas College of Law
            Law Review and was a member of the   maintains a significant white collar criminal   Houston; the executive committee, Appellate
            Order of the Coif, the Order of the   defense practice. He has successfully   Judges Conference-American Bar Association
            Barons, Mock Trial, The Advocates and   defended the largest shopping mall   Judicial Division; and as an adviser to the
            the Association of Women in Law.    owner in the United States and its senior   American Law Institute.
                                                management in a criminal prosecution   Before taking the bench in 1999, Guzman had a
                                                involving environmental pollution. Raven   private law practice in Houston for 10 years. She
                                                has conducted internal investigations for   holds a B.B.A. from the University of Houston,
                                                many Fortune 100 corporations where   a J.D. from South Texas College of Law and an
                                                he reported his findings directly to senior   LL.M. from Duke University School of Law.
                                                management and the board of directors.

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