Can you feel the excitement and energy swirling around the entire Law Center and all of its alumni, supporters and friends? This welcome message comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the state legislature has approved $45M in state funding for the Law Center and the UH Hobby School of Public Affairs. This is very exciting news and a tremendous boost on our journey to achieve our collective goal of constructing a new building that will better reflect the world-class law school we are all proud to call our alma mater. Of course, there is still much work to be done.
I am thrilled to be a part of the leadership team during this important time in the Law Center’s history. Likewise, your fellow alums who comprise the Law Alumni Board of Directors are equally thrilled to put their time, talents, and energy to effective use in engaging you and supporting your professional needs as we all work together to build a legacy for our current and future students who will follow us in becoming a part of the long red line.
Joining the board this term are Robert Sergesketter (’95), Yvonne Ho (’06), Alison Chen (’03), Staci Wilson (’09) and Harve Truskett (’08). This talented group, along with the entire slate of board members, including our outstanding past president, Cynthia Mabry (’10), all have a passion for serving our law school and its community. For example, Bob and his wife, Denise, recently chaired the most successful Annual Law Center Gala in over a decade. Yvonne and her husband, Allen, are already hard at work in planning next year’s gala to be held on March 28, 2020 so mark your calendars. Notably, Yvonne will be the first Asian American in the Law Center’s history to chair the gala.
As we continue along this journey, I encourage you to stay engaged, get involved and be committed to the process. Undoubtedly, we need all of us climbing the mountain together and supporting each other in order to succeed. Along the way, my goal is to ensure that every alumnus across every sector of the legal practice profession, and those of you operating outside of it, are included and celebrated as a diverse body of alumni who together collectively form the fabric of your alumni association.
As Dean Baynes often proclaims, we have the power!
Let’s all put it to use for the benefit of the Law Center.
Victor V. Wright