Nov. 7, 2014 – Five mainstays of the University of Houston Law Center faculty were honored Thursday evening by their colleagues, students, and friends for a “lifetime of achievement” in teaching thousands of students how to be successful lawyers.
Recognized for their combined more than 150 years of service to the school in a reception at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel downtown were Professor Richard M. Alderman, who joined the faculty in 1973 and served as associate dean and interim dean; Professor Geraldine Szott Moohr, who joined the faculty in 1995; Professor Laura E. Oren, 2005; Professor Robert Schuwerk, 1982; and Professor Stephen Zamora, 1978, who also served as dean.
“These five exemplify ‘The Power of Legal Education’ and all it means,” Dean Leonard M. Baynes said, referring to the theme of his deanship which underscores how the law school experience and dedicated professors help transform each student by teaching them how to think like lawyers and practice at the highest of professional standards.
Baynes called the honorees “trailblazers in the teaching of law,” outstanding in scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and service to the law.
The dean recounted a long list of accomplishments for each of the retirees before presenting them with a crystal bowl to mark their service to the Law Center and commemorate the occasion. He singled out former Interim Dean Alderman for special thanks for being a “very, very good mentor to me” during the transition.
Baynes also noted the retirement of Ronald L. Scott, research professor in the Health Law & Policy Institute who joined the faculty in 1996.
The occasion served as a celebration of service, and not a farewell, as the retirees will continue their close association with the Law Center, and the law, in the years to come. Though leaving the classroom, Alderman will continue as director of the Center for Consumer Law, including his popular “People’s Law School” program, and Zamora will continue his work as head of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law.
“You will be missed,” Baynes said in concluding his remarks. “But we look forward to frequent future encounters with you.”