UHLC’s Baynes touts fundraising milestone for new building during ‘Discussion with the Dean’

University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes promoted student success and recapped recent events at the law school during two "Discussion with the Dean" sessions last week.

University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes promoted student success and recapped recent events at the law school during two "Discussion with the Dean" sessions last week.

Feb. 14, 2019 - The University of Houston Law Center's push for a facility is closer to becoming a reality after reaching an initial goal of $10 million, Dean Leonard M. Baynes told students during his spring semester "Discussion with the Dean" sessions last week.

"We raised $10 million, and many people were tremendously helpful in making it happen," Baynes said. "We're very thankful for everyone's efforts in supporting the Law Center. A new building will be a major game-changer."

The building campaign, "More Than Bricks," has now reached its second phase, where Law Center alumni and students will advocate for about $60 million in funding from the Texas Legislature. Baynes said the proposed five-story building is expected to cost about $90 million, and additional fundraising efforts are underway.

Baynes also highlighted recent hires, promotions and accomplishments by the Pre-Law Pipeline Program and professors James Nelson and Michael A. Olivas. He also stressed the significance of first-time bar exam success for Law Center alumni, repeating the mantra, "friends don't let friends take the bar exam unprepared."

Following Baynes' remarks was a presentation from the University of Houston's Parking & Transportation Department where staff members responded to concerns from Law Center students.

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