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Last updated December 3, 2023. Please note this list is updated monthly. If this crosses with your recent giving, thank you for your support!

Founders Council

$15,000 - $19,999

 

Bill (J.D. ’87) & Sandy Swenson

 

Leadership Council

$10,000 to $14,999

Weston (J.D. ’08) & Mary O’Black (J.D. ’08) 

Ronald (J.D. ’75) & Rosemary Clendenen

Charles Peissel (J.D. ’76) & Rebecca Doke (J.D. '90)
"The Law Center is an outstanding institution that produces incredible legal talent." Read more

Why I give back

The Law Center is an outstanding institution that produces incredible legal talent. It is a privilege to be associated with this group of individuals.

Tom (J.D. ’98) & Eyvette Hetherington

Charles (J.D. ’70) & Karen Matthews

Janice L. Robertson (J.D. ’76) & Douglas L. Williams
"Support for an institution that prepared me and will prepare others for meaningful work."

Stephen Walllace

Stephen Wallace (J.D. ’83)

Scholars Council

$5,000 to $9,999

Tony Bonilla (J.D. ’60)

Francis "Frank" Bradley, III (J.D. ’92) and Mary Bradley
"The Law Center provided me with a great legal education, a strong community of alumni and friends of the school and a good start in the practice of law in Houston." Read more

Why I give back

The Law Center provided me with a great legal education, a strong community of alumni and friends of the school and a good start in the practice of law in Houston. I hope that giving back to the Law Center will help provide at least the same resources to the next generation of lawyers.

Jenifer (J.D. ’93) and Jeffery (J.D. ’90) Cody
"The Law Center provided me with the opportunity to work for one of the traditional Houston law firms." Read more

Why I give back

The Law Center provided me with the opportunity to work for one of the traditional Houston law firms. As a UHLC student, I was provided an opportunity to interview with Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright) for a summer associate position. I joined Fulbright in 1990 and with so many UHLC alumni at the firm, I enjoyed an instant network of associates and partners who were invested in my success. Having spent 33 years with the firm and recently being re-elected to serve as Managing Partner, I think UHLC had an extremely important role in starting my career on the right path.

Clay Crawford (J.D. '75)

Carl "Bo" Dawson (J.D. '91)

Peter G. Dorflinger (J.D. ’75)

Bill Finnegan, IV (J.D. ’81) & Susan Finnegan

Lee (J.D. '85) and Lisa Herman

Thomas (’75, J.D. ’79) & Susan Kirkendall
"The Law Center contributed its resources to facilitate my success in the legal profession." Read more

Why I give back

The Law Center contributed its resources to facilitate my success in the legal profession. The least my wife and I can do is reciprocate by giving back to the Law Center.

Michael P. Kessler (J.D. ’73) & Marcia Riklis
"I owe my career and success on the foundation I received at UHLC."

Marvin (J.D. ’66) & Arlene Nathan
"UH Law Center provided me a priceless education and allowed me to establish lifelong friendships with classmates, other law alumni, and faculty." Read more

Why I give back

UH Law Center provided me a priceless education and allowed me to establish lifelong friendships with classmates, other law alumni, and faculty. It enabled me to grow personally and professionally, and it provided opportunities and privileges to me that I could not have otherwise had. UH Law Center has honored and respected me beyond any reasonable expectations as a student, alumnus, and attorney. My wish to repay UH Law Center for the entitlements and benefits which I received has extended to me will never exceed my returns to it.

John Bruce (J.D. ’86) & Kellen Shely

Kris L. (J.D. ’83) & Neil (J.D. ’84) Thomas

Kris L. (J.D. ’83) & Neil (J.D. ’84) Thomas
"Gratitude. The UHLC set the course for the entire rest of my life." Read more

Why I give back

Gratitude. The UHLC set the course for the entire rest of my life. I am grateful for the education I received, experiences I had, and the professors and classmates I got to know who became life long friends. I met my husband in law school, we’ll celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2024. I received an excellent legal education that honed my skills in critical thinking, close reading, and advocating persuasively. My entire career as a bankruptcy lawyer resulted from the spark of interest in that area of law lit by then professor and now Senator, Elizabeth Warren. Giving back is a way to express my gratitude and show my appreciation for the opportunities law school gave me.

Shannon (J.D.’18) and Phillip Terry

Shannon (J.D.’18) and Phillip Terry 
"I give back to the University of Houston Law Center to express my gratitude..." Read more

Why I give back

I give back to the University of Houston Law Center to express my gratitude for the opportunities I received as a direct result of the excellent legal education I obtained at UH Law Center. My legal career was built on the mentorship I received from several professors and deans during law school and the lifelong friendships I have made with students and alumni. My life and my family’s lives were forever changed when I was admitted to the University of Houston Law Center. The Law Center took a chance on this non-traditional student – a wife and mother of six young children – and for that, I will be forever grateful. Phillip and I hope that this gift will help provide others with the same opportunities for a successful legal career that I have been blessed with.

James A. Ullrich (J.D.’67)

William "Willie" D. (J.D. ’84) & Ingrid Wood
"I wanted to be a lawyer from a very early age." Read more

Why I give back

I wanted to be a lawyer from a very early age. I was given that opportunity by the Law Center (albeit late in the summer, off the wait list!). I enjoyed everything about law school. Our professors were excellent and instructed with passion. They were and are scholars. I have gotten to know all the Deans and Assistant Deans over nearly 40 years I have been associated with our institution, and they all brought different, diverse, and always positive energy. The Law School helped me land my first job (I stayed for 35 years), and connected me to the broader legal, judicial and business communities. The school gave me much exposure and opportunity. It continues to provide opportunity, education, and perspective for many through the numerous programs it sponsors. Why wouldn't that drive me to support the school? I could never repay the value received, but the Deans Society is a meaningful way to express thanks and to lead others to reflect on how the school has helped them. Things would have been much different had I remained on the waitlist.

Fellows Council

$2,500* to $4,999
*$1,000 qualifies graduates of the last decade.

Brad (J.D. ’07) & Maria Aiken

Samira (J.D.’03) and Rehan (J.D. ’01) Alimohammad
"UHLC not only equipped us with knowledge and skills, but also instilled in us a profound sense of gratitude and responsibility. Giving back to our law school is our way of honoring the transformative education we received and helping future generations of aspiring lawyers unlock their potential. "

Jeff Andrews (J.D. ’05)
"I received an outstanding education from the Law Center that was an excellent value." Read more

Why I give back

I received an outstanding education from the Law Center that was an excellent value. The law was a second career for me, and I feel lucky that the Law Center was my "home town" law school. Houston is an exciting and vibrant city with a strong legal market--it deserves to have a nationally recognized law school. Giving back to the Law Center is one way that I can help promote its mission, benefit Houston, and allow others to enjoy the opportunities that the Law Center provided me.

Daniel Ávila II (J.D. ‘18) and Joann Karam Ávila (J.D. ‘21)  
"The Law Center, and in particular, its international law program, helped me learn and grasp intricate principles that I apply in my career today." Read more

Why I give back

The Law Center, and in particular, its international law program, helped me learn and grasp intricate principles that I apply in my career today. We are forever grateful for the Law Center taking a chance on us which changed our lives forever.

Kate (J.D. ’03) & James Blaine

Susan Bickley (J.D. '84)

Stanley L. (J.D. ’67) and Linda Blend
"The Dean now and the professors I had."

Elaine Block (J.D. ’78)
"I received a first-class education at the Law Center." Read more

Why I give back

I received a first-class education at the Law Center. The classes were small enough that all my professors knew me and vice versa. If I had an unanswered question, I could approach the professor and get the answer. Through talented professors, I learned to think like a lawyer, a skill which has been priceless and benefits me to this day.

David (J.D. '85) and Vickie Bolen
"The Law Center provided the tools to become a successful lawyer." Read more

Why I give back

The Law Center provided the tools to become a successful lawyer. I look back with fondness regarding my classmates and professors. My wife and I are now helping new students.

Julia (J.D. ’81) & Ben Brouhard
"I received an excellent legal education at the Law Center and enjoyed a long career in maritime law in Galveston and in Cleveland, Ohio." Read more

Why I give back

I received an excellent legal education at the Law Center and enjoyed a long career in maritime law in Galveston and in Cleveland, Ohio. I’m pleased to see that UHLC has flourished through the years. I want to ensure that other students receive the same benefits that I received.

Paul D. Chapa (J.D. '91)

Edwin James (J.D. ’97) and Brenda Cowen

Carol E. Dinkins (J.D. ’71)
"I support the Law Center because it made possible my wonderful, highly satisfying career as a lawyer and prepared me well for all that I did." Read more

Why I give back

I support the Law Center because it made possible my wonderful, highly satisfying career as a lawyer and prepared me well for all that I did. I wish to honor the Law Center for having admitted me as a transfer student from UT and having allowed me to write on as a candidate for the Houston Law Review, which in turn was immensely important to my overall education and training to be a lawyer.

Kirk L. Dobbins (J.D. ’93) and HJ Kitchen, Ed.D.
"UHLC continues to amaze me." Read more

Why I give back

UHLC continues to amaze me. UHLC gave me a strong foundation in health law that has enabled me to have an amazing career spanning from work as an attorney representing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CMS, to a top tier international law firm, to Vice Presidency at a Fortune 100 corporation, and now as a Regional Counsel, Vice President, and Assistant Corporate Secretary in the largest integrated health care system in the US. I'm forever grateful for the wonderful teaching and enrichment of all my UHLC professors. Now, the new UHLC building, excellent legal scholarship and teaching demonstrated by continued top 10 national ranking of the health law program, intellectual property other programs, and Dean Baynes's courageous leadership to expand opportunities for diverse and first-generation law students are jewels in the UHLC crown. This inspires me to give back to UHLC.

David Ebro (J.D. ’20)

Scott D. (J.D. ’06) and Nicole Ellis

Scott D. (J.D. ’06) and Nicole Ellis
"I give back to empower deserving and high-caliber students from all backgrounds to pursue their potential by improving access and equity in legal education."

Billie Ellis (J.D. '78) 

Fermeen Fazal (J.D. '00)
"Whatever small success I've achieved in my life has stemmed from the education I received at the University of Houston." Read more  

Inspiration for giving back to the Law Center:

Whatever small success I've achieved in my life has stemmed from the education I received at the University of Houston. The Law Center opened the door for me into a profession I love, gave me a way to provide for my family, and allowed me to learn and grow. Some of my classmates are still my best friends today, and none of this would have been possible without the scholarships that I received. For all that the Law Center gave me, it's important that I give a little back.

Shawn H. Foster (J.D. ’02)

Maryam Ghaffar (J.D. '20)

Edward Burton (J.D. ’14) and Alexandra Goolsby
"The University of Houston Law Center provided me with a top-notch legal education that has proved to be a solid foundation for my career as a trial lawyer" Read more

Inspiration for giving back to the Law Center:

The University of Houston Law Center provided me with a top-notch legal education that has proved to be a solid foundation for my career as a trial lawyer. I've enjoyed returning to campus and seeing our wonderful, state-of-the-art building. UHLC invites alumni like me to participate in its programs as an advisor or coach (like Houston Law Review, the Mock Trial Program, and the Law Gala) and remain part of a vibrant community and rewarding professional network.

Debra (J.D. ’94) and James (J.D. ’93) Harris
"My wife and I met at the Law Center." Read more

Why I give back

My wife and I met at the Law Center. That alone is reason enough. Professionally, UHLC prepared me well for a wonderful career.

Warren (J.D. '88) and Lauren Harris

The Honorable Jarvis V. (J.D. '93) and Andrea Hollingsworth

Bill (J.D. ’92) & Shawn Jackson

Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones (J.D. ’99) & Suewan Johnson
"UHLC has a played a significant role in my career success." Read more

Why I give back

UHLC has a played a significant role in my career success. Always willing to help somebody pursue their dreams to become a lawyer.

Cyril Jones (J.D. '10)

Sally & George (J.D.) ‘81 Judd
"UHLC provides a very good legal education, and it needs to be recognized as a top Law School."

Jacob (J.D. ’17) and Donna Karam
"UHLC gave me the tools and training to enter the legal profession and have success." Read more

Why I give back

UHLC gave me the tools and training to enter the legal profession and have success. I am very grateful to the UHLC staff and professors for giving me an opportunity and for their continued support and interest in my career.

John (J.D. '09) and Jennifer Lahad

Katharine (J.D. ’12) & Blaine (J.D. ’12) Larson

Lance (JD '99) and Jessica Lightfoot
"I joined the Dean’s Society because UHLC set me up for success" Read more

Why I give back

I joined the Dean’s Society because UHLC set me up for success, and I want to help others achieve success and create positive impact in our society. Supporting the Law Center is a way to give back and pay it forward at the same time.

Cynthia (J.D. ’10) & Chad Mabry

Dwayne Leroy (J.D. ’93) & Teresa Mason

Donna McIntosh (J.D. '17)
"I give back to UHLC because the legal education I received at the Law Center changed my life." Read more

Why I give back

I give back to UHLC because the legal education I received at the Law Center changed my life. As an older law student, I established a new career and a new passion to support communities around the state through my work as a public finance attorney.

Brian Melton (J.D. '99)

The Honorable Edward Lee Morris III (J.D. '93)
"I am inspired to give back to the University of Houston Law Center because of the solid educational foundation and support that it and the amazing faculty members provided to me as a student..." Read more

Why I give back

I am inspired to give back to the University of Houston Law Center because of the solid educational foundation and support that it and the amazing faculty members provided to me as a student, because of the doors of professional opportunity that it opened up for me, and because of its unwavering commitment to providing these same benefits and opportunities to students from many different and diverse backgrounds.

Keli Viereck (J.D. ’95) & Dave Naehring

Chris C. (J.D. ’77) and Joan Pappas

Lawrence J. Pirtle ('62, J.D. '66)

Shannon Quadros (J.D. '10)

James (’75, J.D. ’82) & Valerie Ray

Alex B. (’02, J.D. ’06) and Anne Roberts
"The Law Center provided me every opportunity to become the lawyer I wanted to be." Read more

Why I give back

The Law Center provided me every opportunity to become the lawyer I wanted to be. I give back out of gratitude and to ensure future generations have those same opportunities.

Doris Rodriguez (J.D. '80)

David (J.D. ’90) and Ann Ronn
"We should all give back to the school that laid the foundation for our career."

Peter Scaff (J.D. '00) and Amy Nilsen (J.D. ’00)

Denise Castillo-Rhodes & Roberts Sergesketter (J.D. ’95)
"I was thoroughly impressed with the faculty when I attended UH (and still am)..." Read more

Why I give back

I was thoroughly impressed with the faculty when I attended UH (and still am) and made great friendships with classmates that last to this day. I owe that school a great deal. Being a member of the Dean's Society is one way to express my appreciation and love for our school.

Marilyn (J.D. ’92) & Charles Sims
"Gratitude to all who touched my career and desire to pay it forward to others."

Tom Skains (J.D. '81)
"My years at the UH Law Center prepared me well for the business of law and the business of business." Read more

Why I give back

My years at the UH Law Center prepared me well for the business of law and the business of business. The study of law shaped my critical thinking and risk management skills over my 36 year career in the energy industry and has proven useful in my service on public company boards.

Susan (J.D. ’92) & Paul Stanton
"UHLC gave me an excellent legal education but also showed me other skills necessary to be a good attorney and serve my clients well." Read more

Why I give back

UHLC gave me an excellent legal education but also showed me other skills necessary to be a good attorney and serve my clients well. I learned (1) to ask enough questions to understand what a client really needed versus what they wanted thought they needed; (2) how to handle and defuse the emotions that a client often has with respect to the matter they are seeking legal advice regarding; and (3) to help the client understand that negotiating an agreement between parties often worked better for both parties than filing a lawsuit.

Neal S. Sutton, III (J.D '72) and Elizabeth Sutton
"I was part of the first class to enter the new Bates College of Law building in 1969." Read more

Why I give back

I was part of the first class to enter the new Bates College of Law building in 1969. I have such great memories of classmates, professors who became friends, the administration and the group that made up Board Nine of the Houston Law Review. The quality of my education, both intellectual and collegial, was excellent. It gave me the basis and grounding that served me throughout my career. With some pride, I have watched UHLC grow in quality and reputation over the years since my graduation. I continue to support UHLC in providing to a broad and diverse student body the same high level of education and preparation that I had.

Mishell Parreno Taylor (J.D. ’99)

Rachael (J.D. ’19) and David Thompson
"I appreciate all that the Law Center invested in me as a student--especially as a non-traditional student entering law school as a second career."

Truskett

Marcia & Harve (J.D. '08) Truskett  
"Meaningful giving often has a way of honoring the past as you plan for the future." Read more

Why I give back

Meaningful giving often has a way of honoring the past as you plan for the future. Giving to the Law Center is a way of repaying a school that has given so much to our family, but in a broader sense, it is an investment in an important hometown institution.

David C. Vondle (J.D. ’02)

Gerald (J.D. '97) and Janice Walrath
"Reputation is a tricky thing. It's always about now, not the past." Read more

Why I give back

Reputation is a tricky thing. It's always about now, not the past. I think that Dean Baynes is really leaning in to some of the things that makes UHLC unique, and it's paying off. The treatment of non-traditional students and the part-time program is particularly important to me.

Lauren & Richard (J.D. '99) Whiteley

John T. Unger (J.D. ’77) & Kathy J. Welch

Mack Wilson (J.D. ’16)

Staci Wilson (J.D. ’09)

Victor (J.D. ’98) & Lynell Wright
"I'm grateful for the foundational and impactful educational experience the Law Center provided to me and my spouse..." Read more

Why I give back

I'm grateful for the foundational and impactful educational experience the Law Center provided to me and my spouse which has led us on a path to build a life together for our family which now includes a daughter and son. I'm inspired to give back to the Law Center in helping to provide others coming behind me with the same personal and professional career growth opportunities and successes.

Alvin (J.D. ’67) and Susie Zimmerman
"Susie and I decided long ago to endow a student fund to enable others in need to be assisted..." Read more

Why I give back

Susie and I decided long ago to endow a student fund to enable others in need to be assisted in pursuing the incredible professional opportunity as I received by being a student at our fabulous Law Center. That experience provided me with a once in a lifetime career for which we are eternally grateful.

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