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            Michael A. Olivas                               Andrews Kurth Kenyon

            FACULTY DISTINCTION AWARD                       LAW GALA AWARD
            In recognition of outstanding contribution and dedication   In recognition of exemplary support of the Law Gala & Auction
            to the UH Law Center
                                                            Decades ago, our founder Frank Andrews envisioned a firm where every
            Michael A. Olivas is the William B. Bates       individual practiced law in a manner “that the firm would have always the
            Distinguished Chair in Law and director of the   full confidence of clients and the trust of all people.”
            Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance   We are proud to say that the more than 60 talented graduates from the
            at the Law Center. On Feb. 1, 2016, Olivas assumed   University of Houston Law Center currently working at Andrews Kurth
            the presidency of the University of Houston-    Kenyon continue to live up to the firm’s founding goal. In addition to
            Downtown on an interim basis until May, 2017. He   seeking and hiring talented UHLC alumni, the firm has partnered with the
            holds a B.A. (magna cum laude) from the Pontifical   school in many endeavors, including the following highlights:
            College Josephinum, an M.A. and Ph.D. from the
            Ohio State University and a J.D. from Georgetown   •  Continued partnership with the Blakely Advocacy Institute in the
            University Law Center. He is the author or co-author   Advocating for Advocacy Program, including support for the Andrews
            of 15 books; his most recent, “Suing Alma Mater,”   Kurth Kenyon Moot Court National Championship
            deals with higher education and the U.S. Supreme   •  Launched the Andrews Kurth Kenyon Energy Law Scholars program
            Court. It was chosen as the 2014 winner of the Steven   in 2012 to encourage scholarship and academic interest in energy law
            S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship
            in Education Law, given annually by the Education   •  Launched a Professional Development Training Series, “Passport to
            Law Association. “Perchance to DREAM, A Legal and   Success,” a program designed to give law students an advantage in the
            Political History of the DREAM Act” is forthcoming.  marketplace by providing finishing touches to becoming a successful
                                                               attorney that other students may not learn until they enter practice
            In 2011, he served as president of the Association
            of American Law Schools. He is a member of the    •  Sponsored the spring lecture series hosted by the Law Center’s
            American Law Institute and the National Academy    Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law
            of Education, the only person to have been elected to   Andrews Kurth Kenyon has offices in 11 locations around the world, and
            both honor academies. From 1989-1993, he served   is proud to be recognized as a firm that manages complex legal matters in
            as a trustee of the College Board; from 1993-1997,   all major industries and areas of business law and litigation.
            he served as a trustee of The Access Group, Inc., the   Our people are also deeply connected to their communities, and not only
            major provider of loans for law and graduate students   do we understand the value of partnering with the Law Center, we also
            in the U.S. and Canada. Both the Mexican American   participate in and contribute to all types of service projects. It is, therefore,
            Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)     particularly meaningful to Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP to receive the
            and the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston have   University of Houston 2017 Law Gala Award.
            honored him with lifetime achievement awards.
            He has served as a director on the MALDEF board
            since 2002. He has a substantial and varied legal
            consulting practice, including representing faculty,
            staff, institutional and state clients; serving as an
            expert witness in federal and state courts; and
            joining litigation teams in educational, finance and
            immigration matters.
            He also hosts a radio show, “The Law of Rock
            and Roll,” on the Albuquerque, NM National
            Public Radio station, KANW, and lectures on
            entertainment law.



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