Gala guests raise money for Law Center during ‘Evening with Gatsby’ 

University of Houston Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel Dona Cornell and her husband, and University of Houston President Renu Khator with her husband Dr. Suresh Khator.

University of Houston Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel Dona Cornell and her husband Terence Cornell, and University of Houston President Renu Khator with her husband Dr. Suresh Khator.

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April 9, 2014 – Alumni, faculty, and friends of the University of Houston Law Center took a step back in time to the Roaring ’20s for an evening of fun and fundraising at the 38th annual Law Gala & Auction.

Flapper wannabees and their white tuxedoed escorts strolled amid the elegant décor for “An Evening with Gatsby” at the River Oaks Country Club, stopping to bid on silent auction items ranging from a “Dressing like Daisy” package with a vintage fur coat and Oscar de la Renta earrings to a week stay in a private residence in Mexico. The live auction, conducted by emcee and auctioneer Tom Koch of KTRK Channel 13, included big ticket items such as a “Drive Like Bond” package consisting of a trip to London and a motoring “experience” in an 007-like Aston Martin.

Nearly $525,000 was raised for student scholarships during the March 28 affair. Gala chairs were Shawn and Bill Jackson ’92 while Cynthia Mabry ’10 chaired the auction. Judge Eric Andell ’70 ran the Big Board.

Alumni Awards also were presented to six outstanding graduates, and one honorary alum, each of whom have made their mark in their careers and community over the years. They included: U.S. District Judge David Hittner, a longtime supporter of the school and honorary alumnus, Yvonne Ho ’06, Evelyn V. Keyes ’87, Marvin D. Nathan ’66, Samuel E. Stubbs ’77, William D. Wood ’84, and David P. Young ’88.

Alumni who have or are currently serving on the Supreme Court of Texas also were recognized during the evening’s festivities. They include Justice Jim Wallace ’57, represented by his son, Justice Ruby Sondock ’62, Justice Eugene Cook ’66, Justice Raul Gonzalez ’66, Justice Jeff Brown ’95, and Justice Mike Schneider ’70, who was unable to attend.

The evening continued with dancing – even a Charleston or two -- to the sounds of the Richard Brown Orchestra.

Click here for a Gala photo gallery.

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