May 28, 2019 — The academic careers of University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas and University of Houston College of Education Professor Tina Reyes, Olivas’ wife, were recently celebrated at Houston restaurant Caracol.
The event served as a fundraiser that netted more than $30,000 for the Olivas-Reyes Reading Room, which will be in the library of the Law Center’s proposed new building. Olivas, who has taught at the Law Center since 1982, is retiring in December.
The event was attended by more than 50 people from across Texas. Dean Leonard M. Baynes, Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson and Law Center alumna Leah Gross ’87 remarked on the impact of Olivas as a legal educator. Dr. Catherine Horn, executive director of the Institute for Educational Policy Research and Evaluation within the College of Education, commended Reyes’ career in academia.
In addition to Guerra Thompson and Gross, host committee members included Celina Joachim '04, senior counsel at Chevron, Christopher Domingo '09 of Jones Day, Hon. David Medina of Chamberlain Hrdlicka, and Juan F. Vasquez Jr. '01 of Chamberlain Hrdlicka.