Sept. 23, 2014 – University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas was honored today with the Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Award.
Olivas is the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law and director of the Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance at the law school.
In presenting the award at City Hall on behalf of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez commended Olivas for “educating our community and preserving Hispanic heritage.” Gonzalez also said he is pleased the city is recognizing the contributions Hispanics have made in making Houston the great city it is, noting Hispanic Heritage Week has expanded to Hispanic Heritage Month over the years.
Two graduates of the University of Houston Law Center, Council members C.O. Bradford ’92 and Mike Laster ’88, congratulated Olivas on the award. “He is the authority when it comes to immigration laws and citizenship issues,” said Bradford, who was a student in Olivas’ immigration class. “He has spent years as an advocate for human rights.”
The two council members also welcomed the school’s new dean, Leonard M. Baynes, who attended the presentation.
Also honored were Maria Teresa Castillo Valle for Hispanic Youth activism and Jose Antonio Diaz for his contributions to Hispanic art.