A.A. White
A.A. White

Newell Blakely
Newell Blakely

John B. Neibel
John B. Neibel
George Hardy
George Hardy
Robert L. Knauss
Robert L. Knauss
Stephen Zamora
Stephen Zamora
Nancy B. Rapoport
Nancy B. Rapoport
Raymond T. Nimmer
Raymond T. Nimmer
Leonard M. Baynes
Leonard M. Baynes

The Dean’s Society
Alumni Supporting Today’s Law Center Goals


What is the Dean’s Society?

Dean’s Society members are an integral force behind the “Power of Legal Education.”  Their gifts allow the Law Center to innovate and respond to emerging opportunities that will help the Law Center continue rising and be the best.  Members are called upon for their insight and input in order to make a meaningful impact in the quality and capabilities of the Law Center.  The Dean’s Society provides a forum where everyone can make a difference.

Deriving its name from the continuum of leadership guiding the Law Center, the Dean’s Society is the highest level giving society of the Law Fund.  It recognizes the most exclusive group of alumni and friends devoted to providing significant unrestricted support to the Law Center each year.  Membership is reserved for Law Fund supporters who contribute at least $2,500 each year.

For a list of our current Dean’s Society members, click here.


Dean’s Society Priorities:

The flexible nature of the Law Fund allows Dean Baynes’ to direct funds to the highest priorities of the Law Center, including:

  • Increasing student scholarships to aggressively recruit our top applicants and keep our best students
  • Recruiting and retaining distinguished faculty with support for scholarly research and innovative teaching
  • Providing nationally-recognized academic programs that prepare our students to be practice-ready in whatever area they choose
  • Boosting student and career development services to equip students and graduates with the resources and skills to successfully take advantage of professional opportunities
  • Building relationships with our alumni that will produce greater opportunities for our students, as well as enable us to support our alumni in their careers
  • Addressing the challenges of our law facilities


Why have Dean’s Society Members made the Law Center a priority?

“I want to see the Law Center rise in annual ranking surveys.  Alumni participation helps the effort.  When the Law Center climbs, it benefits me.”

“The Law Center gave me the foundation that made it possible for me to practice and prosper.”

“My giving makes the Law Center possible for others.”

“I give to ensure that the same level of excellence exists
for future students.”

“I want to invest in the University of Houston, Houston, and Texas.  The Law Center deserves to be part of a Tier One Institution, and my gift helps make that happen.”


Recognition and Appreciation

As part of a unique group of Law Center donors, Dean’s Society members enjoy benefits for their dedication to enhancing the UH Law education, including:

  • Reserved invitations to special dinners, receptions, lectures, and other events
  • Access to Dean Baynes and input on the Law Center’s strategic direction
  • Special Recognition in the Honor Roll of Donors, Law Center website, and other publications


Giving Levels

Dean’s Society members are recognized based on their level of giving within the society.  Membership ranges from a minimum annual gift of $2,500, and up to $24,999.

Dean’s Council:                    $20,000 to $24,999
Founders Council:                $15,000 to $19,999
Leadership Council:             $10,000 to $14,999
Scholars Council:                 $5,000 to $9,999
Fellows Council:                  $2,500 to $4,999


Dean's Society Donors

We're very grateful to those who have made generous contributions and joined the Dean's Society. For a list of our current Dean’s Society members, click here.


Making Your Dean’s Society Gift

ONLINE: To make a gift safely and securely online, please click here.  Be sure to designate your gift for “Dean’s Society.”

BY MAIL: To make a gift by mail, click here and print out the Dean’s Society donor form, complete the form, and send it to the address below:

University of Houston Law Center
Office of External Affairs
4604 Calhoun Road, Room 126
Houston, Texas 77204-6060



Stephen Schad
Director of Annual Giving
University of Houston Law Center
(713) 743-2539

Russ Gibbs, D.Min., CFRE 
Associate Dean of External Affairs
University of Houston Law Center
(713) 743-1454