Law school can be a whirlwind – but it’s tame in comparison to the 110 mph winds that buffeted the Law Center two years ago. Hurricane Ike swept ashore on Galveston Island on Sept. 13, 2008, and the Category 2 storm ultimately caused more than 40 deaths and an estimated $54 billion in damages. The Law Center came through virtually unscathed, and students missed only a handful of classes. In Ike’s aftermath, the Houston-Galveston Area council awarded Associate Dean Richard Alderman and his Center for Consumer Law a $404,000 grant to help hurricane victims deal with unresolved legal issues. At commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2009, Dean Nimmer congratulated Law Center students for surviving not only law school, but also a direct hit from a major storm.