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Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Yalda! Happy Bodhi (Rohatsu) DayHappy Pancha Ganapati! Happy New Year! Happy Winter Solstice!

On behalf of the Law Center, I wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season in whatever faith tradition you observe. It's a time for fellowship, the exchange of gifts with family, friends and co-workers and deep reflection on the meaning of the season and the year that is coming to a close. 2017 was a year of great successes at the Law Center, as well as challenges and heartache for some in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. I am proud of the way the Law Center family rallied to support each other and the community.

The school itself is strong. Rankings remain high; our national and international reputation continues to grow; our faculty, students, and administrative staff are of the highest quality; and alumni financial support and engagement is greater than ever. As a special note of holiday cheer, I am happy to report that our years-long wish for a new building is looking brighter and brighter with fundraising on pace and enthusiastic support from university leadership.

Over the past few weeks, the Law Center has celebrated the holidays with its annual Holiday Coffee where almost 200 alumni, faculty and staff celebrated the season. Faculty and staff gathered for their annual Holiday Party where the ugly holiday hat and sweater contest has become a tradition. The Dean's Office has been decorated to reflect the spirit of the season acknowledging many diverse faith traditions.

However you celebrate this holiday season, I hope it is joyous, and all the best in the New Year!

Leonard M Baynes

Leonard M. Baynes
Dean & Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center

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