April 2, 2018 — Colleagues, family and friends gathered at the University of Houston Law Center Thursday to celebrate the careers and offer best wishes to eight faculty members who recently retired after years of service to the school.
"It is with great pride and gratitude that we commend them for their outstanding scholarship, teaching, service, and the positive impact they have had on law students in and out of the classroom," Dean Leonard M. Baynes said in opening remarks at a reception in the Hendricks Heritage Room.
The honorees "represent the power of legal education and the best of what our work is all about," he said, prior to recounting the credentials and accomplishments of each retiree and presenting them with an engraved plaque with the picture of Albertus Magnus.
Two retirees represented more than 80 years in the law school's classrooms. Professor Jordan Paust joined the faculty in 1975, teaching and writing primarily in the field of international law. Professor Jacqueline Weaver was one of three women on the faculty when she joined in 1977 to teach energy law.
Leaders of the O'Quinn Law Library, Professor Spencer Simons, director, and Mon Yin Lung, associate director, were honored for their service to faculty and students. Both came to the school in 2004 and helped restore the library after the devastating flooding caused by Tropical Storm Allison.
Four members of the Law Center's clinical and Lawyering Skills and Strategies programs were recognized for the practical and hands-on training they provided to students over the years. Janet Beck started at the school as an adjunct professor in 2009 and served as a visiting assistant clinical professor supervising students in the immigration clinic. Clinical Assistant Professor Merle Morris joined the faculty in 1998 and served as co-director of Lawyering Skills and Strategies. Clinical Assistant Professor Susan Rachlin, a 1981 graduate of the school, joined the faculty in 2000, starting the Legal Writing Center in 2001 and serving as its program manager. Clinical Assistant Professor Tobi Tabor also served as co-director of Lawyering Skills and Strategies.
In closing, Baynes noted that the retired faculty talked to him about how much fun they were having! "On behalf of the entire Law Center family, we thank all of you again –Jordan, Jacqueline, Spencer, Mon Yin, Janet, Merle, Susan, and Tobi —for your countless years of service and dedication to our law school," he concluded. "We wish you all the best as you enjoy your well-deserved retirement."