UHLC Professor and GHP Chairman Tony Chase says education is key to the city’s success

Chase addressed the city’s business community as part of Legal Excellence speaker series.

Legal Excellence Speaker Series

Tony Chase, center, University of Houston Law Center professor and president of the Greater Houston Partnership, mingles with guests after delivering the inaugural address of the Legal Excellence speakers series.

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Oct. 3, 2012 – University of Houston Law Center Professor and Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership Tony Chase told members of the Houston business and legal communities that Houston’s future is dependent on quality education. Chase’s presentation "Powerful Partnership: Houston as a Business Center Today and the Role of Higher Education in its Future” was part of the Law Center’s Legal Excellence speaker series kickoff event held Tuesday evening.

“Houston has a brilliant future – provided that we have an educated workforce to sustain our economic growth,” Chase said. “The University of Houston Law Center understands the needs of the Houston region and is working to meet those needs. In turn, Houston’s business community is working with the Law Center to further educate its future workforce.”

Boasting some of the finest faculty members of any law school, the Law Center has consistently retained its high standing among the nation’s top law schools according to U.S. News and World Report, Chase notes. In addition, the school is distinguished by its five institutes and four centers.

“The Law Center plays a vital role in the community, and I consider it to be one of the shining stars of the Houston region,” Chase said.

The city itself, according to Chase, is on the cusp of global greatness. The last major metro to enter the recent recession and the first major metro out, Houston continues to drive the state’s economy. The area accounts for less than 24 percent of the state’s population, but for almost 37 percent of the state’s total job growth.

“The Houston region has an abundance of advantages that most communities do not have, which make us very attractive to business,” Chase said. “While most communities would love to be considered the world leader in one industry – Houston is considered the world leader in three - energy, aerospace and health care.”

The Law Center has capitalized on these advantages as well, Chase notes. Drawing on its proximity to the world’s largest medical complex, the Law Center’s Health Law & Policy Institute is ranked 8th in U.S. News and World Report’s list of top specialty law programs in the country. In addition, the Law Center has established the Andrews Kurth Energy Law Scholars Program with the goal of advancing the understanding of energy law while at the same time encouraging the scholars to pursue careers as law professors.

“It excites me when I see this synergy between academic institutions and the communities they serve,” Chase said. “I challenge all local educational institutions to continue in their roles of preparing the future workforce of the Houston region, Texas and the United States,” Chase said. “I also challenge you – the business and community leaders – to do your part.”

The series will feature four additional lectures by Law Center professors starting in January 2013. Tentative topics include:

  • Affordable Care Act: What It Means for Texas” presented by Patricia Gray, UH Law Center professor and director of research in the Health Law & Policy Institute
  • Latest Tax Issues for Small Business Owners,” presented Bret Wells, UH Law Center assistant professor
  • International Trade, NAFTA, Pipelines, and the I-69 Corridor,” presented by ] Stephen Zamora, Leonar
  • Energy, Regulation, and Utility Issues for Small Business Owners,” presented by Tracy Hester, visiting assistant professor and director of the Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center

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