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 ALUMNI FEATURE
 JAIME GUTIERREZ ’20, LL.M., INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LAW
Jaime Gutierrez knew at the age of six he wanted to be a lawyer, but his career took a different path to engineering. Still, the dream of being an attorney lingered for decades.
“One day in 1995, over a cup of coffee, my wife Lupita and I were discussing my dream of going
to law school,” Gutierrez shared. “That’s when she said, ‘You do not want to be 60 years old and
wonder whether you could have made it through law school.’”
Gutierrez took his wife’s words to heart and now at 64, not only does the father of three have a law degree from South Texas College of Law, he’ll receive a Master of Laws degree from the UH Law Center with a specialization in intellectual property and information technology law. Getting a second law degree was also at the encouragement of his wife.
Despite his educational triumphs, Gutierrez has never been a practicing attorney. Having a solid knowledge of the law helps him in his current job at Occidental Petroleum, he said, to negotiate software contracts with other large companies.
When the time comes to retire, Gutierrez said he’s interested in teaching law courses. You can bet his biggest supporter, Lupita, will be there to cheer him on.
UH LAW CENTER CELEBRATES
THE SEASON THROUGH VIRTUAL
HOLIDAY EVENT
Administrators, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Houston Law Center gathered virtually in December for a special edition of the annual Holiday Coffee event.
Attendees heard holiday jingles from Eduard Gavril, a PhD student from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, learned about faculty and other milestones at the Law Center during the past year and received a virtual tour of renderings of The John M. O’Quinn Law Building, which is currently under construction.
“This has been a tough year for so many people,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “There has been the economic downturn,
coronavirus, racial and social unrest. But it’s really important for us to focus on positive things and some of the highlights happening at the Law Center. I want to wish the Law Center community a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa and a Happy New Year.”
Baynes’ presentation began with results from the September bar exam, in which Law Center graduates had a passing rate of more than 94 percent, the third-best result among Texas law schools. He also discussed the Law Center’s standing in this year’s U.S. News & World Report, and accolades from INSIGHT Into Diversity and preLaw magazines. It concluded with a question-and-answer session and attendees networking in breakout rooms for separate conversations.
UH LAW CENTER HOSTS VIRTUAL GATHERING FOR WASHINGTON D.C. ALUMNI
   Jamie Gutierrez ’20 and Lupita Gutierrez
 & Friends Reception.
University of Houston Law Center graduates, leadership and faculty gathered via Zoom in November for the D.C. Alumni
Attendees received an update on the progress of the new John M. O’Quinn Law Building, which is currently under construction, and other accomplishments and happenings at the Law Center.
“D.C. is the Law Alumni Association’s first chapter outside of Texas. I was delighted to reconnect with some alumni whom I haven’t seen in a while. Also, I was delighted that some of our law alumni leadership were able to join us on the Zoom call,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “We look forward to when we can visit with our alumni in Washington D.C. again in person.”












































































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