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Law Center 75th Anniversary 1947 – 2022

Click on the images in our interactive photo gallery to see how the University of Houston Law Center has transformed in its 75-year history.

The Law Center’s first home was a World War II barrack.
 Every student passed the bar exam in the first graduation class of 1950.
EENR Professor Emerita Jacqueline Lang Weaver’s dynamic style engaged her students.
Property law Professor Emeritus John Mixon was a beloved professor and talented cartoonist.
The diversity of the Law Center’s student body was changing by the 1970s.
Law Center students prepare for their graduation in 1987.
Law Center Alumna Ruby Kless Sondock made history as the first woman district court judge in Harris County and first woman to serve on the Texas Supreme Court.
For nearly 30 years, consumer law Professor Emeritus Richard M. Alderman served the public by providing free legal education classes to the public through the People’s Law School.
Clinical Professor Geoffrey Hoffman and law students work on a case that went to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Since the 2000s and beyond, the diversity of the Law Center’s student body has greatly increased.
Dean Leonard M. Baynes is the first African American dean in the Law Center’s history.
The new John M. O’Quinn Law Building will open in Fall 2022.

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Past three buildings

Cover Story

The University of Houston Law Center celebrates its 75th anniversary and marks 75 years of educating legal minds in 2022. It will also enter a bold new chapter in August 2022 with the opening of what will be its fourth home, The John M. O’Quinn Law Building.

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Dean’s Thoughts on 75th Anniversary

Dean Leonard M Baynes

“We have to be prepared for the next 75 years to make sure that we are equipped to teach the next generation of leaders.” – UH Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes

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75th Anniversary Featured Interviews

As part of the 75th Anniversary Celebration, UHLC conducted interviews with faculty, alums, and students who have made an impact on the Law Center’s history.

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Deans Wall

From its inception in 1947, UHLC has 9 deans who have led the school to excellence. Learn more about them here

AA White

Dean A.A. White
1947 – 1956

Newell Blakely

Dean Newell Blakely
1956 – 1965

John Neibel

Dean John Neibel
1965 – 1976

George W Hardy III

Dean George W. Hardy III
1976 – 1980

Robert Knauss

Dean Robert L. Knauss
1980 – 1993

Dean Stephen Zamora

Dean Stephen Zamora
1993 – 2000

Nancy Rapoport

Dean Nancy Rapoport
2000 – 2005

Raymond Nimmer

Dean Raymond T. Nimmer
2006 – 2013

Leonard Baynes

Dean Leonard M. Baynes
2014 – present

Notable Alumni

UHLC alums have made their mark as judges, corporate executives, litigators, government officials, and more. The list of successful alums is long, and here are just a few examples.


Diversity Achievements

UHLC recognizes the many accomplishments from diverse alums, faculty and students.

UH Law Center trailblazers
UH Law Center trailblazers
UH Law Center trailblazers

75th Anniversary Commemorative Community Wall

Fuel the Future

Help us fuel the future of the Law Center by joining our #FueltheFutureofUHLaw initiative that aims to advance our mission with a sophisticated and ambitious plan that empowers social equity and access to legal education through philanthropic support of the Law Center's areas of greatest need – scholarships and the Law Fund.

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Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with the Law Center. Join our email list. Mentor a student. Join an alumni group. Donate to our Fuel the Future Initiative.

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Sondra Tennessee
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Senior Director of Development

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