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Fuel The Future

Initiative Launch Celebration

Dean Leonard M. Baynes invites you to

join us virtually to launch and celebrate
UHLC’s Fuel the Future Initiative.
Hear our vision for a bright future ahead,
see the impact of scholarships for students and donors,
and celebrate the power of a legal education
with current and future supporters.

Monday, October 25th, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm (CDT)

Click here to find out more about the initiative.


Alex Roberts ’06, UHLC Alumni Association President, Partner, Beck Redden


Open Remarks
Dean Leonard M. Baynes, UH Law Center Dean and Professor of Law

Donor Speakers
Thomas F. A. Hetherington ’98, UHLC Foundation President, Partner, McDowell Hetherington
Bill Finnegan ’81, Partner, Latham & Watkins
Rosland McLeod ’96, SVP, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary at SCL Health
Alex Roberts, UH Law Alumni Association President, Partner, Beck Redden LLP

Student Scholarship Recipients
Autumn Brehon, 2L
Joseph Holloway, 3L

Closing Remarks
Dean Leonard M. Baynes


Thomas F.A. Hetherington, ’98

Thomas F.A. Hetherington, ’98
Partner, McDowell Hetherington

Tom Hetherington is a trial partner in the firm’s Houston office. His practice focuses on a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including securities litigation; energy litigation; class actions; shareholder litigation; corporate merger litigation; financial services litigation; life, health and disability insurance litigation; stranger-owned life insurance (“STOLI”) litigation; ERISA litigation; business tort litigation; internal investigations; FINRA arbitrations; stop-loss insurance litigation; construction litigation; and real estate litigation. Tom has extensive experience litigating class/mass actions and complex commercial disputes.

Tom’s litigation practice is national in scope. He is known as a “go-to” lawyer for some of the nation’s largest energy and financial services companies and is regularly hired as lead trial counsel in complex matters throughout the United States.

Tom has extensive experience in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels across the country, including Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Tom has trial experience in a wide variety of cases, including multimillion-dollar commercial litigation matters.

Tom is an eight-time Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star and has been named one of the top attorneys in Houston by H Texas Magazine. Tom was a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP before leaving in January 2009 to form Edison, McDowell & Hetherington LLP.

Tom is actively involved in his community. He served as President of the University of Houston Law Alumni Association, is an enthusiastic supporter of Rice University where he was captain of the football team, and currently serves on the Rice Owl Club Board of Directors, among other activities.

Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, is an avid wine enthusiast, and enjoys traveling and attending college and professional sporting events.

William (Bill) Finnegan IV, ’81 

William (Bill) Finnegan IV, ’81 
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

William N. Finnegan IV is a partner in the Austin and Houston offices of Latham & Watkins. He has an extensive practice covering a broad range of corporate and securities transactions, including the representation of issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, negotiating and structuring public and private company acquisitions, forming and financing joint ventures and partnerships, and advising on general corporate and securities transactions.

Mr. Finnegan has been:

  • Recommended for his work in Nationwide Capital Markets and Texas M&A and Capital Markets by Chambers USA from 2005-2021 and Chambers Global from 2014-2021   
  • “Hailed as one of the deans of the capital markets Bar, he continues to garner praise for his longstanding securities law practice.”
    “Brilliant, bright, and creative.”
    Chambers USA 2019-2020
  • Recognized for his work in Corporate and M&A transactions law by Best Lawyers* from 2003-2022 (Best Lawyers is by BL Rankings)
  • Named 2021 Leading Dealmaker in America by Lawdragon 500
  • Named a Texas Super Lawyer from 2003-2018, 2020
  • Named 2019 Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law by Best Lawyers*
  • Recognized by Texas Lawyers’ 2019 Professional Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Recognized as a market leader by IFLR1000 United States 2019 for his work in Capital markets, M&A, and Private Equity
  • Mr. Finnegan is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation, Houston Bar Foundation, and the American Bar Association.

Rosland Fisher McLeod

Rosland Fisher McLeod, ’96, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, SCL Health

Rosland Fisher McLeod joined SCL Health in August 2012, and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. She oversees system-wide legal services and risk management strategy. Previously, McLeod served as Vice President, General Counsel-Operations. Prior to joining SCL Health, she served as Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer at Biogen-Idec, a global biotechnology company, and as healthcare partner at the international law firm K&L Gates. In addition, she has served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Novation Corporation, one of the country’s largest healthcare group purchasing organizations, and as Vice President of Legal Operations for Triad Hospitals. McLeod earned her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. She is a member of the Texas Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, the American Bar Association, the Council on Corporate Compliance and Ethics, the Health Care Compliance Association, Corporate Counsel Woman of Color, the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Healthcare Association, the National Association of Health Services Executives, the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association and the National Bar Association.

Alex Roberts, UH Law Alumni Association President, Partner, Beck Redden LLP

Alex Roberts, UH Law Alumni Association President, Partner, Beck Redden LLP

Alex Roberts has built his career on the pillars of leadership and service.

A former judicial clerk and AmeriCorps Member, he has seen the law in action from many angles and knows first-hand the value of careful discernment and the strong dedication it takes to be an effective advocate. His experience before judges and juries in a variety of matters equips him to be a trusted advisor to his clients, who come to him in search of solutions to complex problems.

Alex represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation, professional liability and attorney disciplinary matters, fiduciary litigation, business disputes, employment, trade secret, products liability, and personal injury matters, to name a few. He has deep experience in the oil and gas and other energy-related industries, professional services industry, construction, and real estate sectors, among others.

Alex currently co-chairs the Firm’s Hiring Committee and maintains a strong commitment to pro bono legal work. Alex has been repeatedly recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer (2016-2020) and was named to Benchmark Litigation’s nationwide Under 40 Hot List (2016-2018).