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47th Annual Law Gala & Auction

Bollywood Bling

A Night of Glitz and Glamour
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston
Saturday, April 6, 2024

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A Night of Glitz and Glamour
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston
Saturday, April 6, 2024

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Bollywood Bling is sold out! Thank you to all our generous sponsors and underwriters.

Saturday, April 6, 2024
6:00PM Central
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston
1600 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027

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Event Chairs

Kelly Sandill ’01, Gala Chair

Hon. Ravi K. Sandill ’01, Honorary Chair

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Thank You to Our Sponsors and Underwriters
As of April 4, 2024

DIAMOND SPONSORS
Mo Aziz ’04
Bracewell LLP
Chandler McNulty LLP
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP

DEAN’S ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TOAST SPONSOR
McDowell Hetherington LLP

PLATINUM SPONSORS
Akin
Beck Redden LLP
Blank Rome LLP
The Buzbee Law Firm, Tony Buzbee ’97
The Gibson Law Firm
Haynes Boone
Hicks Thomas LLP
 Locke Lord LLP
Law Office of Reginald E. McKamie, Sr., P.C.
Mukerji Law Firm
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Porter Hedges LLP
Livia and Ezequiel ’80 Reyna
SheppardMullin
Shook Hardy & Bacon
Skadden
University of Houston Alumni Association

GOLD SPONSORS
Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP
Armstrong Lee & Baker LLP
AZA Law
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
CenterPoint Energy
Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry
Chevron U.S.A.
Hon. Julie Countiss ’02
Fogler, Brar, O’Neil & Gray LLP
Hon. Tanya N. Garrison ’00, Hon. Donna Roth and Hon. Christine Weems
Hagan Noll & Boyle LLC
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Lubel Voyles LLP
Matías J. Adrogué, PLLC
Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC
Daniel Patton ’99
Perdue & Kidd
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
The Law Offices of Luis Ruiz
Hon. Ravi K. Sandill ’01
Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law
Spencer Fane LLP
Susman Godfrey LLP
White & Case LLP

SILVER SPONSORS
Foley & Lardner LLP
Hon. Michael Gomez ’00
Dr. Elwyn C. Lee
Regina Rogers ’70

BAR UNDERWRITER
Chandler McNulty LLP

BID PADDLES UNDERWRITER
The Buzbee Law Firm, Tony Buzbee ’97

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT UNDERWRITER
Robert S. Kwok ’93

PHOTO BOOTH UNDERWRITER
Akin

RAFFLE PRIZE UNDERWRITER
Davis Law Group

UNDERWRITER
CIBC Private Wealth Management

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Gala Levels of Support and Benefits

Make your contribution by March 8, 2024, to receive recognition on gala collateral, webpage, e-blasts, and the UH Law Center Annual Report.

TABLES

$25,000 DIAMOND
(FMV $3,000)

Table for 10 with VIP placement
Valet parking
White glove champagne service at your table
Opportunity to host a Law Center faculty member or member of the Judiciary at your table
Exclusive access to 1L professionalism reception, recognition on event signage, and opportunity to provide firm-branded swag
Recognition at 1L Orientation on event signage and opportunity to provide firm-branded swag
Law firm logo displayed on Law Center monitors for one academic year
Early access to top 30% 1L reception and recognition on event signage
Full page color recognition in program book*

$15,000 DEAN’S ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TOAST (EXCLUSIVE)
(LIMITED TO ONE FMV $2,500)
SOLD

Sponsor the official toast to celebrate Dean Baynes’ 10th anniversary at the Law Center
Table for 10 with priority placement
Valet Parking
Opportunity to host a Law Center faculty member or member of the Judiciary at your table
Law firm logo displayed on Law Center monitors for one academic year
Early access to top 30% 1L reception and recognition on event signage
Full page color recognition in program book*

$10,000 PLATINUM
(FMV $2,500)

Table for 10 with priority placement
Valet parking
Opportunity to host a Law Center faculty member or member of the Judiciary at your table
Law firm logo displayed on Law Center monitors for one academic year
Early access to top 30% 1L reception and recognition on event signage
Half page color recognition in program book*

$6,000 GOLD
(FMV $2,500)

Table for 10
Valet parking
Opportunity to host a Law Center faculty member or member of the Judiciary at your table

$3,600 SILVER
(FMV $1,500)

6 seats at a table
Valet parking

UNDERWRITERS (EXCLUSIVE)

No tables are offered at these levels

$10,000 Bar
(FMV $0)
SOLD

Custom brand visibility on main event bar
Full page color recognition in program book*

$7,500 BID PADDLE
(FMV $0)
SOLD

Custom brand visibility on event bid paddles
Full page color recognition in program book*

$6,500 MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
(FMV $0)
SOLD

Custom brand visibility in entertainment area
Full page color recognition in program book*

$5,000 PHOTO BOOTH
(FMV $0)
SOLD

Custom brand visibility in photo booth area
Half page color recognition in program book*

UNDERWRITER SUPPORT
(FMV $0)

$2,500 full page (FMV $0)

$1,500 half page (FMV $0)

Full page or half page color recognition in
program book*

 

 

 

For additional information please email lawgala@uh.edu

$600
(FMV $350)
$300
CLASS OF 2020- 2023
(FMV $250)

One seat at a Gala Table
Valet parking

For additional information please email lawgala@uh.edu

Leila M. El-Hakam and Matias J. Adrogué ’99
Erin and Mo ’04 Aziz
Susan L. Bickley ’84 and Robert Scott
Elaine Block ’78
Joe Boyle ’01
Tony Buzbee ’97
Christin and Troy ’98 Chandler
Alison L. Chen ’03
The Honorable Julie Countiss ’02
Afsheen ’06 and Joshua ’06 Davis
Courtney ’05 and Rob ’05 Ervin
The Honorable Tanya Garrison ’00
Casey ’14 and Jason ’98 Gibson
Diana Gomez
The Honorable Michael Gomez ’00
Alexandra and Ward ’14 Goolsby
Michelle ’11 and Buddy Gray
Lauren and Warren ’88 Harris
Charlie Henke ’92
Thomas Hetherington ’98
Matthew Hoffman ’12
Shawn and Bill ’92 Jackson
Lance Lubel ’91
Capt. Reginald E. McKamie Sr. ’86
Brian Melton ’99
Luisa Muskus ’14 and Julio Rivero
Mary ’08 and Weston ’08 O’Black
Gayle ’00 and Dan ’99 Patton
Nicole and Jim ’93 M. Perdue, Jr.
Anne and Alex ’06 Roberts
Amy and Peter ’00 Scaff
Jessica Schaffner ’14 and Scott Armstrong ’14
Michelle ’06 and Aaron ’06 Scheffler
Dennis M Slate ’00
Negin and Charles ’97 Sturm
Ed Sullivan ’97
The Honorable Christine Weems
Meghan and Ben ’00 Westcott
Laura and Richard ’99 Whiteley
Ingrid and Willie ’84 Wood
Amy ’06 and Joshua ’02 Wolfshohl
Hon. Alvin ’67 and Susie Zimmerman

Flowers

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A Year of Flowers
(Value $4,800)

Donated by River Oaks Plant House.

What's better than fresh flowers to warm your home or office?

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The high bidder on this item will enjoy a fresh flower arrangement every two weeks for a full calendar year, delivered to your home or office. Each arrangement, valued at $200.00, will be custom designed to the winner's specifications.

Beautiful flowers and personalized service keep their clients coming back to River Oaks Plant House time after time. At River Oaks Plant House, they take pride in knowing who you are and learning what your style is. They take an artisan approach to floral design so that every arrangement that leaves their shop is custom crafted for each client. Be the high bidder and add color and beauty to your home or office.

Delivery is limited to addresses inside the Beltway.

galveston

102
4 Nights for Up to 14 at Galveston Beach House
(Value $3,500)

Donated by Meghan and Ben ’00 Westcott.

Enjoy a four-night stay for up to 14 people in a private beach house in Galveston’s exclusive Beachside Village, with beautiful views of the sand and surf, and plenty of space for fun and kids! Read more

Beachside Village is a walkable community in a peaceful, laid-back setting, with homes reflecting the island’s 19th Century Victorian heritage and meeting the highest standards of craftsmanship.

This nearly new house is situated just one row off the beach with a walkover right in front for easy access to the surf.  Decorated in soothing colors of the sea, the home features three beautiful bedrooms with king-size beds and a large kids area with built-in bunks that sleep eight. The generous living space features a top-of-the-line kitchen, with two island counters lined with bar stool seating, as well as a wet bar, wine fridge, and dining table for eight.  There are two great entertainment spaces with large couches and televisions – one adjacent to the kitchen and dining area, and another in the dedicated kids’ space.  All of these plus amazing large porches with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico.  Come and bring the whole family or a group of friends!

Upon a mutually agreeable date in the 2025 calendar year. Must be used by 4/30/25.

boots

103
Custom Cowboy Boots by Maida’s
(Value $5,000)

Sponsored by John Langdoc ’04.

With a family tradition in leathercraft that stretches back more than a century, Maida’s Belts & Buckles is an iconic Houston shop.Read more

 

Design your own look and style – with endless options for color, stitching, inlays, even initials; his or hers.  Let Maida’s master craftsmen properly fit each foot for personalized lasts and create your unique one-of-a-kind piece. You can expect your creation to last for many years.

Flowers

104
Rolex Datejust, 41mm with Oyster Steel Band and Bright Blue Face
(Value $8,050)

Donated by Anonymous.

Incredibly hard to get and available only through authorized dealers, often with extensive wait times, Rolex offers the ultimate in prestigious, high-precision timepieces. Read more

Since its creation in 1945, the Datejust model has continued to reinvent itself while symbolizing Rolex’s definition of classic elegance. A milestone in watchmaking history, it was the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to feature a window displaying the date, now magnified by Rolex’s signature Cyclops lens. Useful and practical, the Datejust is a precious instrument for the modern, independent, active wearer. Don’t pass up this rare opportunity to own an iconic and highly sought-after timepiece that is sure to bring value for generations.

pizza

105
Valoriani Custom Italian Pizza Oven and Pizza Classes from Pizaro’s Pizza
(Value $8,000)

Donated by Anonymous and Pizaro’s Pizza.

Make pies like a pro on your Valoriani pizza oven, one of the finest quality pizza ovens in the world. Read more

Hand crafted in Italy and capable of being powered by wood or gas, the Valoriani Baby Pizza Oven comes in a range of colors and can be operated in a stationary capacity or on a stand with wheels for easy mobility during events or gatherings.  It offers the ability to make multiple pizzas at one time and is the perfect tool for cooks who wish to have an at-home oven worthy of the best pizzerias in the world.

To help you make the most of your incredible new pizza oven, this package includes in-home training by the pros at Pizza U, an affiliate of Houston’s own Pizaro’s Pizza. You’ll learn the ins and outs of working with the Valoriani Baby Pizza Oven as well as various techniques for making a perfect pizza every time.

Pizza Oven Training must be used by 4/30/25.

House

106
One Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for Up to 12 Guests
(Value $8,500)

Donated by Lisa and Mike ’80 O’Leary.

Spend one week at Casa Tres Angeles, a magnificent private home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico that accommodates up to 12 people.  Read more

This six-bedroom getaway in a private gated community only 15 minutes’ walk from the main square is perfect for entertaining couples, extended family, or for a memorable escape with your friends!  This stunning home includes four bedrooms, 3 ½ bathrooms, kitchen with breakfast nook, large dining room, a formal living room, separate den, central courtyard, and a large terrace with sweeping views of San Miguel.  There is also an attached two-bedroom and one bath casita with its own kitchen and den.  The home comes with a plethora of amenities, including a cook, housekeeper, gardener; private pool, grilling area; wireless internet, Dish TV, Vonage phone, and water purification system.  Private transportation around the city can be arranged.  Don’t miss out on this gorgeous getaway!

Founded in the 16th century, San Miguel de Allende is known for old world charm and first world amenities. A lively nightlife and abundance of fine restaurants give the mid-sized town a cosmopolitan vibrancy. The center of the town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a time capsule of cobblestone streets lined with jewel tone colonial facades and stone colonnades, and overshadowed by La Parroquía, an immense neo-gothic church of pink stone.

Upon a mutually agreeable date. Subject to availability. Must be used by 12/31/25.

Ranch

107
4 Four Nights for 4 at Stanly Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection
(Value $20,000)

Donated by Houston Law Review Board 35.

Double date in California wine country.  Your group of four adults will spend four nights at Stanly Ranch, where the rooms are casual and welcoming, featuring natural finishes that warm and invite. Read more

Designed with the comfort of home in mind, details such as lounge seating areas, fire pits and outdoor showers make the 78 standalone cottages and suites feel intimate and personal. Surrounded by ranch land, vineyards approach the cottage edge, bringing outside in and agrarian life home. You will feel tucked away on your own private wine estate in southern Napa Valley, but the tasting rooms, restaurants, and shops of downtown Napa and Sonoma are just 10 and 20 minutes away, respectively.

Experience the best that Napa has to offer with two days of luxury wine touring with flexibility to select wineries based on your preferences and price point, and access to discounted rates for wine purchase. Leave your wine tours booking and organizing to Whyspit. They will customize your tours based on your needs and tastes. Whyspit will take you on a tour of the Napa Valley and make your time there unforgettable.

Roundtrip airfare for four is included.

Subject to availability. Must be used by 12/31/25.

Wine on table

108
Wine Connoisseurs’ Dinner for 12 with Three Texas Supreme Court Justices
(Value $11,000)

Donated by Anonymous and Behind the Bash II, LLC.

Enjoy a special evening of wine and conversation with three Texas Supreme Court justices - Jane Bland, Brett Busby, and Rebeca Huddle. Read more

Along with a scrumptious dinner catered by Behind the Bash, your alumni hosts will select wine pairings from their own private collection featuring a series of highly allocated California cult and Old-World wines. You won’t want to miss this great night of extraordinary food, conversation, and wine!

Upon a mutually agreeable date. Must be used by 4/30/25.

The Raffle
Enter for a Chance To Win a $5,000 Neiman Marcus Shopping Spree!

Tickets will go on sale soon!

Raffle

Enter the 2024 UH Law Center Gala Raffle for a chance to win a $5,000 Neiman Marcus shopping spree.  Only 500 tickets will be sold at $100 each.  Take a chance and help empower the UH Law Center to invest in shaping future legal leaders and advocates while also investing in the prestige of the UH Law degree for generations to come.

The winner will be announced at approximately 10:00 p.m.  Must be present to win.

Underwritten by Davis Law Group.

Congratulations to the 2023-2024 Law Alumni Association Award Recipients

Dean's Award(s): Ezequiel Reyna ‘84 & Senator Royce West ’79
President's Award: Fermeen Fazal ’00
Alumnus Of The Year Award: Dick Schwartz ‘79
Corporate Sector Achievement Award: Dianne Ralston ‘94
Diversity & Inclusion Award: Eric Munoz ‘06
Faculty Distinction Award: Meredith Duncan ‘93
Honorary Alumnus Award: Dr. Elwyn Lee
James M. Roach Law Fund Volunteer Award: Muhammad Aziz ‘03
Law Gala & Auction Award: Vinson & Elkins LLP
Private Practice Achievement Award: Elaine Block ‘78
Pro Bono/Community Service & Leadership Award: Nikhita Ved ‘10
Public/Non-Profit Sector Achievement Award: Anne Chandler ‘98
Rising Star Award(s): Luis Ruiz ’14 & Scott Armstrong ‘14

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The Post Oak at Uptown Houston Group rate is no longer available

Bollywood Chic or Black Tie and Bold Colors

We invite all gala attendees to embrace the vibrant colors, intricate designs, and glamour associated with Bollywood fashion. If you prefer to stick with traditional black tie evening wear, we encourage you to embrace the evening’s theme by incorporating bold colors

For Bollywood attire, you may enjoy shopping at these local and online destinations:

Sari Sapne

5651 Hillcroft Street, Houston, TX 77036 (closed on Tuesdays) (in-house tailoring available)

Roop Sari Palace

6655 Harwin Drive, Houston, TX 77036 (closed on Tuesdays) (in-house tailoring available)

Online:
www.perniaspopupshop.com
www.lashkaraa.com

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Questions? Contact lawgala@uh.edu or call 713.743.2201.