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I am very thankful for all who have given towards the building campaign to construct a new Law Center building. Your support has made all the difference as we work to secure $60 million of funding from the State. We did it, We all did it! A closer look at who helped us reach our initial $10 million goal shows just how broad and deep support for the school is among alumni and friends. Contributors to the “More than Bricks” campaign tended to be more experienced, but included many relatively recent graduates and first-time donors. Support came from outside Texas as well as inside the building from faculty and staff. In all, 214 donors met the challenge in providing seed money for a new structure, which will enhance and reflect the quality of legal education provided by the Houston’s top law school.

Here is a snapshot of who contributed to the success of Phase I in our ongoing building campaign:

• 67% men; 33% women
• 55 was the average age of donors
• 15% live outside Texas; 34% live outside Houston
• 43% gave $10,000 or more
• Most popular giving range, $10,000 - $25,000
• 14% gave at least $100,000
• Five gave $500,000
• 17% were first time donors, four gave more than $10,000
• Approximately 10% of contributions came from racially and ethnically diverse donors
• More than 10% graduated within the last 10 years
• Class of 1992 had the most donors
• Class of 1993 raised the most money

Phase I more than served its purpose of raising $10 million as “seed money” or a “down payment” to show strong support for the proposed, $90 million Law Center. We are now well into Phase II with the focus on Austin where legislators are considering a requested $60 million in state funding.

Now is not the time for complacency. With hope for success in the Capitol, we will move forward in raising $20 million more through contributions big and small from individuals, corporations and foundations. Our goal and motivation is to create a lasting legacy for the Law Center and the City of Houston. There is still time for you to give. Join Us!


Leonard M. Baynes
Dean & Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center

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