Sept. 25, 2014 – University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes acknowledged the accomplishments of the law school’s African-American graduates and friends Tuesday during the UHLC Black Alumni and Friends Reception at Hilton University of Houston.
Guests, including a number of prominent African-American Law Center graduates, Board of Regents members, UHLC professors, and deans of other UH colleges, were welcomed by U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore ’81. Baynes was introduced by Jarvis V. Hollingsworth ’93, former chairman of the UH System Board of Regents and a partner in the firm of Bracewell & Giuliani.
Baynes applauded the achievements of several reception attendees, including James Lemond ‘70, UHLC’s first African-American graduate; his brother, Xavier Lemond ’73, the first African-American Law Center graduate on the Board of Regents; Elwyn Lee, UHLC’s first tenured African-American law professor; Hollingsworth and Gilmore. State Sen. Rodney Ellis also attended the reception.
Baynes, who assumed the deanship at the beginning of the school year, detailed his theme of “The Power of Legal Education,” which includes initiatives to fund a world-class building, foster a research-rich institution, hire and retain high quality faculty, and enhance the professional outcomes of students.
The event was one of six at which Baynes is sharing his vision. Upcoming receptions will be held in Dallas on Oct. 1 and New York on Oct. 8. For more information, visit the alumni events page, http://www.law.uh.edu/alumni/event_schedule_alumni.asp, or contact Associate Dean of External Affairs Russ Gibbs at ragibbs@Central.UH.EDU.