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What are your long-term goals                    our already strong                                           San Antonio Reception
for the school?                                  reputation and
                                                 raise our standing                            a properly functioning heating, ventilation,
     The Law Center requires a new               in the U.S. News &                            and air conditioning system; and a design
building. The University of Houston Law          World Report and                              that brings faculty, staff, alumni, and
Center is a world-class institution located in   other rankings. A                             students together.
a world-class city, and it requires a world-     new Law Center
class building!                                  building will                                      The University has engaged Dini
                                                 support the latest                            Spheris, a very well-regarded fund-raising
     A building is more than bricks and          technology and                                consultant, to help us assess the capacity
mortar. It is the corporeal manifestation of     equipment with                                and inclination of our alumni and friends to
who we are and who we aspire to be. The          appropriate space                             determine the level of philanthropy available
Law Center building is unrepresentative of       for additional simulation courses, clinical   to fund a new building. This commitment
the highly credentialed and well-published       programs, and other experiential learning     by the University is significant progress and
faculty. It is unrepresentative of our clinics   so that our graduates are more practice-      “unsticks” the building discourse.
and centers and their cutting-edge research      ready for the legal marketplace. For all
and advocacy. It is unrepresentative of the      these reasons, a new Law Center building is
Law Center’s accomplished alumni, talented       essential.
students, and energetic staff.
                                                      I envision the new Law Center building
     The Law Center’s building needs to          as the embodiment of the “Power of Legal
reflect our aspirations, hopes, and dreams. A    Education.” It will be modern, state-of-the-
new building will facilitate the recruitment     art, ADA compliant, and family friendly,
and retention of outstanding students,           with sufficient and varied classroom space;
faculty, and staff. A new facility will enhance


                                       Professor Marcilynn Burke brings       her colleagues, and I will rely on her advice and support as we work
                                       years of experience in the class-      with the faculty to chart the future course of the Law Center.”
                                       room as well as the administrative
                                       skills she drew upon while serving     The associate dean is a key member of the dean’s senior leadership
                                       in the Obama Administration to         team, responsible for policy development and strategic initiatives
                                       her new role as associate dean of      and their implementation. Burke will provide overall administrative
                                       the Law Center.                        leadership for academic affairs, including curriculum development,
                                                                              scheduling, and hiring and supervising adjunct faculty. She also will
                                       Burke was appointed by Dean            support faculty members in their teaching, scholarship, and service.
                                       Leonard M. Baynes to succeed
                                       Lonny Hoffman.                         Burke joined the Law Center in 2002 and teaches courses in property
                                                                              law, land use law, and federal natural resources law. After receiv-
                                        “I am delighted to have the oppor-    ing tenure in 2009, she took a leave of absence until 2013 to serve at
                                       tunity to work with Dean Baynes        the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she began as the Bureau
                                       and the Law Center’s faculty, se-      of Land Management’s deputy director for programs and policy. In
                                       nior administrators, staff, students,  2011, President Barack Obama designated her as the acting assistant
                                       and alumni to help write the next      secretary for land and minerals management.
great chapter of the Law Center,” Burke said.
                                                                              Burke received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from
“My government leadership experience — as the deputy director of              the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was
the Bureau of Land Management and as acting assistant secretary for           elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree from Yale Law
land and minerals management at the U.S. Department of the Interior           School, where she was an editor for both the Yale Journal of Law and
— will serve me well as a member of the Baynes administration.”               Feminism and the Yale Journal of International Law. After graduating
                                                                              from Yale, she clerked for the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the
“Marcilynn is an exceptional teacher and a highly qualified adminis-          Eastern District of Virginia. Following her clerkship, she joined the
trator forged by her successful tenure in two high-level presidential         Washington, D.C., office of Cleary Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.
appointments in Washington,” said Baynes. “She is highly regarded by

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