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                                                                                        UH LAW DEAN’S SOCIETY INVITES YOU!

                                                                                        The Dean’s Society is an integral force
                                                                                        behind the Power of Legal Education.
                                                                                        The generous support of its members
                                                                                        allows the Law Center to innovate and
                                                                                        respond to emerging opportunities
                                                                                        that will help the Law Center continue
                                                                                        rising and be the best.
            George Levkoff ’85                   Judith A. Blissard ’87

            LAW FUND VOLUNTEER                   LAW FUND VOLUNTEER                     This society honors and engages
            AWARD                                AWARD                                  the most exclusive group of alumni
            In recognition of outstanding service in   In recognition of outstanding service in   and friends devoted to providing
            fundraising for the UH Law Center    fundraising for the UH Law Center      significant unrestricted support to

            George Levkoff never practiced law,   Judy Blissard, a partner in the Houston   the Law Fund each year.
            but he credits the Law Center for an   office of Vinson & Elkins LLP with
            important part of his education for   almost 30 years of legal experience,
            business and life. He was born on    has a broad-based income tax practice,    As members, Dean’s Society
            Manhattan Island in New York and     advising clients on tax planning and   individuals enjoy benefits, including:
            lived his first 18 years within two blocks   various types of M&A and financing   •   Reserved invitations to annual
            of his birth hospital. He went on to   transactions. Her principal areas of
            Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.,   practice are business transactions and   special dinners, receptions,
            the University of Chicago Graduate   domestic and international tax planning.   lectures and other events.
            School of Business and the University of   She represents both public and privately   •  Special Recognition in the Honor
            Houston Law Center. The next 15 years,   held companies, including private equity
            Levkoff was a United States government   funds, in a number of significant business   Roll of Donors, Law Center website
            bond trader in Los Angeles, and for the   transactions, corporate spin-offs and   and other publications.
            past 19 years a pinot noir winemaker in   other divestitures, and the purchases and
            Healdsburg, Calif. This year will mark   sales of assets and entities. She serves   •  Access to Dean Baynes and input
            the 15th vintage for the george wine   as tax counsel to numerous U.S. and     on the Law Center’s strategic
            company, where he is the founder and   foreign issuers and underwriters on debt,   direction.
            sole full-time employee. Levkoff hadn’t   equity offerings and securities offerings,
            had a passport for 30 years and is now   including issues of convertible debt,
            pouring his wine at dinners all over the   contingent payment debt instruments,   Dean’s Society members are
            world. At the Law Center, he says he   preferred and common stock offerings    recognized based on their giving level
            was fortunate to take multiple courses   and production payment financings.
            from Professor Richard Alderman in   Blissard graduated from the University   within the society. Membership ranges
            contract law, Professor Ira Shepard in   of Houston Law Center cum laude in   from a minimum annual gift of $2,500
            tax law, and Professor Stephen Zamora   1987 and was a member of the Order   to up to $24,999. *Young Alumni, or
            in international law. He says teachers at   of the Barons and the Order of the Coif.
            this level of academia obviously possess   Since her time at the Law Center, she   graduates of the last 10 years, can join
            mastery of the subject matter but few   has continued to be a strong supporter   for $1,000.
            have the ability and understanding of   and advocate for her alma mater.  Judy is
            how to instill self-motivation of the   a member of the Law Center’s premier
            untrained mind to recognize issues,   gift club — the Dean’s Society, and has   Easily give online to “Dean’s
            options, remedies and solutions from   supported the Law Annual Fund for    Society” at
            a legal point of view. Levkoff donates   almost 30 years. During the past three
            wine for Law Center events to honor   years, she has served as the Law Annual   law/ or contact Stephanie Johnson,
            professors.                          Fund’s 100% Challenge captain for      associate director of development, at
                                                 Vinson & Elkins, helping to secure 100 or 713.743.3839.
                                                 percent participation in giving by UH
                                                 Law alumni within the firm.

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