UH Law Alumni Association is hosting tree planting day

The event will be held Feb. 11 at the UH Law Center from 9 a.m. to noon.

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GlobeFeb. 2, 2012 –The University of Houston Law Alumni Association (UHLAA) has teamed up with Trees for Houston, a volunteer, non-profit organization, to assist in the revitalization of the city by devoting a tree planting day around the law school. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Law Center. This initiative will help support the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources One Million Trees Project.

“The Law Alumni Association wanted to do this to help improve Houston’s green canopy and begin replacing the impacts of this devastating drought,” said Hope Young, director of Alumni Relations at the Law Center.

According to state climatologists, Texas is coming out of the most severe single year of drought in its history. Barry Ward, executive director of Trees for Houston, estimates the potential loss of trees at approximately 66 million in the Houston area within the next two years. The Law Alumni Association will supply the funds and encourages the entire UH community and general public to participate. Forms will be available for students seeking community service hours.

Trees for Houston will handle all of the logistics and will make sure the trees are watered and cared for in the years to come. At the event, they will also offer educational activities for the younger volunteers, and UHLAA is sponsoring fun kid-oriented entertainment. Gloves, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Volunteers should wear closed-toe, comfortable shoes and clothing that can get dirty. Those who want to participate should meet by the Albertus Magnus Statue in front of the Law Center at 9 a.m. Parking will be available in the lots surrounding the Law Center.

An alternate rain date is set for Feb. 18. Title sponsors for this event include CH2M Hill, Union Pacific, Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC, and Lighthouse Document Solutions.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, and critically needed sponsorships, please contact Hope Young, director of Alumni Relations, at hyoung@central.uh.edu or visit www.law.uh.edu/alumni.

Media Contacts:  Carrie Anna Criado, 713-743-2184, cacriado@central.uh.edu; or John T. Kling, 713-743-8298, jtkling@central.uh.edu.

About the University of Houston Law Center

The University of Houston Law Center is the leading law school in the nation's fifth-largest legal market. Founded in 1947, it is a top-tier institution awarding Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees. The Law Center is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the American Association of Law Schools.

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 39,500 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.

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